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On 62nd anniversary of Auschwitz liberation, Poland honors those who tried to save inmates
International Herald Tribune ^ | January 27, 2007

Posted on 01/27/2007 12:40:33 PM PST by lizol

On 62nd anniversary of Auschwitz liberation, Poland honors those who tried to save inmates

The Associated Press January 27, 2007

OSWIECIM, Poland: Poland's president paid homage on the 62nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to those people living near the Nazi death camp who risked their lives to help inmates during World War II.

At a ceremony outside the site Saturday, Holocaust survivors and local residents listened to a letter from President Lech Kaczynski in which he said that the world has underestimated the determination of people outside the camp to save prisoners.

A presidential aide, undersecretary of state Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, pinned medals on about 40 people from the town of Oswiecim, where Auschwitz is located, and surrounding villages to honor them.

"World public opinion has often held that the residents of the area were completely indifferent to the fate of the prisoners," Kaczynski said in the letter, which denounced "such unjust statements."

Nazi Germany set up Auschwitz after occupying Poland, at first mostly imprisoning political prisoners. However, it was later expanded into a complex where up to 1.5 million people were murdered, most of them Jews, but also Gypsies, Roman Catholics who opposed the Nazi regime, homosexuals and others.

The camp was liberated Jan. 27, 1945 by the advancing Soviet army.

Also Saturday, politicians and survivors gathered at the former Buchenwald concentration camp in eastern Germany to remember the victims, marking what the U.N. has established as an annual day of Holocaust remembrance.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in a statement that the day "underlines both our duty to remember the horrors of the past and the responsibility of each of us to shape the future so they are never repeated."

"We must reflect ... that intolerance, hatred, even genocide did not end 60 years ago,"

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: auschwitz; holocaust; poland; ww2

1 posted on 01/27/2007 12:40:37 PM PST by lizol
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But,but,but Kerry says they were tourists from Chicago?


2 posted on 01/27/2007 1:03:27 PM PST by Waco
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3 posted on 01/27/2007 1:06:58 PM PST by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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4 posted on 01/27/2007 1:27:44 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: lizol

That's nice that those forty righteous people received recognition.


5 posted on 01/28/2007 7:18:23 PM PST by Ciexyz (In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:16)
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To: lizol

Mr. HR and I caught Band of Brothers a couple of weekends ago, both of us again openly sobbing during the death camp liberation scenes.


6 posted on 01/28/2007 7:20:29 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (Funny, but I don't remember pressing 1 for English in 1994.)
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