Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Auschwitz: 70 Years Ago

Seventy years ago today, Auschwitz was liberated.

The 27th of January 2015 will be a very special day. On this date we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The memory of the whole world will focus on the tragedy of the Shoah and the cruel system of terror created by Germans in occupied Europe.

The last of the Survivors who are still alive will be with us on that day. For many of them this seventieth anniversary will be the culmination of their personal victory over despair and oblivion. We would like to spend that day with them.

On this special day we would like to show the Survivors and the world that we – the post-war generation – have matured to take up our own responsibility for remembrance. It will be a sign that we are ready to carry with us the memory of the Holocaust of European Jews, as well as the fate of the Poles, the Roma, the Soviet prisoners of war and many other groups of victims.

The main commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will be held in front of the Death Gate of KL Auschwitz II–Birkenau. On this day – which, for ten years now has been commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day – various anniversary events will be held in many countries: conferences, exhibitions, ceremonies, meetings… It will show that the tragedy of Auschwitz and the memory of its victims lies deep in the hearts of people all over the world.

Schedule of commemoration events: 70th anniversary of liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau – January 27, 2015

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