Paris, Berlin mayors attend Auschwitz ceremony

22nd April 2004, Comments 0 comments

OSWIECIM, Poland, April 21 (AFP) - The mayors of Berlin and Paris on Wednesday paid tribute to Holocaust victims at the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, in southwest Poland.

OSWIECIM, Poland, April 21 (AFP) - The mayors of Berlin and Paris on Wednesday paid tribute to Holocaust victims at the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, in southwest Poland.

Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe and his Berlin counterpart Klaus Wowereit placed wreathes in front of the "Wall of Death" where 25,000 prisoners were executed.

They visited the Auschwitz museum and then the neighboring Birkenau camp, where they placed more wreathes before an international memorial.

"We do not leave here intact, but we leave more human," the mayor of Paris said after the visit.

Between 1940 and 1945, nearly 1.1 million men, women and children, most of them Jews from German-occupied countries, died at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, according to Polish sources.

Eighty-five thousand non-Jewish Poles, 20,000 gypsies and 15,000 Soviets, and 12,000 people of other nationalities also died at the camp.

Delanoe and Wowereit were to meet Warsaw mayor Lech Kaczynski in the Polish capital on Thursday.


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