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Holocaust survivors at Auschwitz 71 years after liberation

Published 27/01/2016

Holocaust survivors attend ceremonies commemorating the people killed at Auschwitz in Poland (AP)
Holocaust survivors attend ceremonies commemorating the people killed at Auschwitz in Poland (AP)

Dozens of elderly Holocaust survivors have lit candles at Auschwitz exactly 71 years after the Soviet army liberated the death camp which has become the most powerful symbol of the human suffering inflicted by Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

Events at the former death camp in southern Poland came as world leaders and others across the world marked the UN-designated International Remembrance Day.

The events come amid warnings of a resurgence of anti-Semitism casting a shadow over a new generation of European Jews, driving some to leave the continent.

Federica Mogherini, the European Union's top foreign affairs representative, said in a statement: "We must be honest enough to admit that more than 70 years after the Shoah, anti-Semitism is still alive in our 'civilised' European Union."

Holocaust survivors walks with others through the main gate of the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, the 71st anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Holocaust survivors walks with others through the main gate of the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, the 71st anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
A Serbian military honor guard pay homage to the victims of the Holocaust at a monument in World War II Nazi concentration camp Sajmiste, in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. International Holocaust remembrance day marks the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A Serbian military honor guard pay homage to the victims of the Holocaust at a monument in World War II Nazi concentration camp Sajmiste, in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The international Holocaust remembrance day marks the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Survivors put down candles during a ceremony at the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, the 71st anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, right, and Polish President Andrzej Duda hold candles during a ceremony at the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, on the 71st anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
A group of visitors walk inside the Holocaust Memorial at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Holocaust survivor Jadwiga Bogucka arrives to attend ceremonies to commemorate the people killed by the Nazis at the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
A Holocaust survivor arrives to attend ceremonies commemorating the people killed by the Nazis at the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Students mark Holocaust memorial day inside Magilligan prison.

Posted by BBC Newsline on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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