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March of the Living held at Auschwitz

Over 10,000 people are taking part in today’s March of the Living at the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The participants are chiefly Jewish students and schoolchildren from across the globe, as well as about 500 Holocaust survivors.

Ron Lauder, chairman of the World Jewish Congress, is among this year’s attendees, as is General Benny Gantz, Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Army.

The educational programme for the young, which runs over a number of days, takes in visits to several Holocaust sites on the terrain of what was Nazi-occupied Poland.

Besides German war crimes, the participants also learn about Righteous Gentiles who endeavoured to save Jews.

It is estimated that about 6 million Jews died during the Holocaust.

About 2.6 million were gassed at the death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, Sobibor, Chelmno and Belzec. The majority of the remainder were shot at innumerable sites across Nazi-occupied Europe.

It is estimated that about 1.1 million people died at Auschwitz-Birkenau alone, including about 70,000 ethnic Poles, 21,000 Roma and 15,000 Soviet POWs.

The first March of the Living was held 25 years ago, with the route following the 3 km road between the former Auschwitz camp and Birkenau, where most of the gassings took place.

April 8, 2013 Posted by | Auschwitz, This Day In History | | Leave a comment


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