Survivor's death mars Auschwitz memorial trip

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14 June 2005, WARSAW - An 84-year-old Auschwitz survivor died on Tuesday during a memorial train journey marking the 65th anniversary of the infamous first transport of prisoners to the most notorious of Nazi death camps, Auschwitz.

14 June 2005

WARSAW - An 84-year-old Auschwitz survivor died on Tuesday during a memorial train journey marking the 65th anniversary of the infamous first transport of prisoners to the most notorious of Nazi death camps, Auschwitz.

Ludwik Wrona, a camp survivor tattooed with the prisoner number 457, was apparently overcome by the emotion of the event, the Polish PAP news agency reported.

Following the route of the first transport, more than a dozen Polish Auschwitz survivors were accompanied by their relatives and Polish teenagers aboard the train which travelled from Tarnow, southern Poland, to nearby Oswiecim, the site of Auschwitz.

Wrona and his fellow survivors were among some 728 Polish political prisoners, Polish Jews among them, who were the first inmates to arrive at the Auschwitz camp the day it opened its infamous gates on 14 June 1940.

By the day of its liberation by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945, more than 1.3 million people, the vast majority of whom were European Jews, had perished in its gas chambers or died of starvation or disease.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau twin camps were the largest death complex built by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's Third Reich during the Second World War.

Dozens of world leaders flocked there on 27 January to mark the 60th anniversary of the camp's liberation by Soviet troops.

DPA

Subject: German news

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