69. Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau
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On January 27, 2014 69 years will have passed since the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
On January 27, 2014 69 years will have passed since the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Until the liberation of the camp by the Red Army, the Nazis murdered in Auschwitz about 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, but also Poles, Romani people, Soviet prisoners of war and people of other nationalities. Today, Auschwitz is a symbol of the Holocaust and the atrocities of World War II. In 2005 United Nations adopted January 27 as the International Holocaust Rememberance Day. In 2014 there are many anniversaries of events connected to the World War II. The main ceremony commemorating the victims of the Holocaust will be held at the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau, with the participation of former prisoners, representatives of the Polish authorities, clergy and guests from all over the world. President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, became the honorary patronage over the celebrations held in Auschwitz. In the evening in Krakow a solemn session entitled "Reflections on Auschwitz - remembering the past, looking to the future" will be held.
For broader audience at 6 p.m. in the Jewish Cultural Center there will be screening of "Hanah Arendt" biographical film by Margarethe von Trotta.