Chirac to attend Auschwitz 60th anniversary

4th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

WARSAW, Nov 3 (AFP) - The presidents of Israel, Russia, France and Poland will attend commemorations in January of the 60th anniversary of the freeing by the Russians of the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland, organisers said on Wednesday.

WARSAW, Nov 3 (AFP) - The presidents of Israel, Russia, France and Poland will attend commemorations in January of the 60th anniversary of the freeing by the Russians of the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland, organisers said on Wednesday.

The four presidents, Moshe Katzav, Vladimir Putin, Jacques Chirac and Aleksander Kwasniewski "confirmed their participation at these ceremonies" Andrzej Przewoznik, the Polish official in charge of organising the commemorations, was quoted as saying by the PAP news agency.

Between 1940 and 1945 over one million men, women and children - most of them Jews from around 20 European countries - perished in horrific circumstances at Auschwitz, one of the most infamous of World War Two concentration camps.

The camp, liberated on January 27, 1945, by the Red Army, has since become a symbol of the Holocaust and some 10,000 people are expected at the commemorations on January 27, 2005.

Przewoznik said the United States would be represented, as would Germany along with other European countries whose citizens died in Auschwitz.

© AFP

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