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Holocaust Remembrance Day: survivors gather at Auschwitz, Birkenau


OSWIECIM, Poland (WKOW) -- Survivors of the Holocaust, along with their families, braved the cold winter weather to gather at the former death camp Auschwitz Wednesday, marking the 65th anniversary of its liberation.

The survivors, many with grown children, moved among the barracks and watchtowers of Auschwitz and Birkenau, neighboring camps that stand in Poland as powerful symbols of the horror of World War II.

Later, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will join Polish leaders in commemorative ceremonies at Birkenau, the larger of the two camps.

In Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI marked Holocaust Remembrance Day by denouncing the "horror" and "unheard of brutality" of the Nazi Germany death camps.

The German-born Pope issued an appear that "such tragedies never repeat themselves."

Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators during the war.


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