Poland honours the dead of Auschwitz

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21 January 2005 , WARSAW - Poland's parliament passed a special unanimous resolution on Friday honouring the more than 1.1 million people who perished at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Nazi Germanys most infamous death camp of the Second World War. The resolution also paid homage to Soviet troops who liberated the last survivors of the death camp 27 January 1945, and precedes top-level state memorial ceremonies scheduled for next Thursday at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death complex in Oswiecim, souther

21 January 2005

WARSAW - Poland's parliament passed a special unanimous resolution on Friday honouring the more than 1.1 million people who perished at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Nazi Germanys most infamous death camp of the Second World War.

The resolution also paid homage to Soviet troops who liberated the last survivors of the death camp 27 January 1945, and precedes top-level state memorial ceremonies scheduled for next Thursday at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death complex in Oswiecim, southern Poland.

The most horrific cemetery in the annals of modern Europe is a dramatic symbol of all of the death camps created by the German Third Reich on occupied Polish territories. It also reminds us of the consequences of the implementation of the insane ideology of national socialism," reads part of Fridays parliamentary resolution.

According to historical record, the camp claimed between 1.1 and 1.5 million victims, the vast majority of whom were European Jews. Poles, Roma, Russian prisoners of war as well as non-Jewish citizens from other European states were also killed at the camp.

Top-level delegations from more than 40 countries are expected to join Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski at the site of the former camp next Thursday for ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the camps liberation.

French President Jacques Chirac, Russias Vladimir Putin and US Vice President Dick Cheney are among those expected to attend.

In total some 10,000 guest are expected for the unprecedented event, including some 1,000 elderly camp survivors and 1,500 journalists from across the globe.

DPA

Subject: German news

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