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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

President: Auschwitz spelled collapse of civilisation

  |   70th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp's liberation 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp's liberation

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp was where our civilisation collapsed, where people were systematically stripped of dignity, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said on Tuesday at the observance of the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberation.


"We are in the place where our civilisation collapsed at one point, where a plan to strip people of dignity was systematically implemented, where Nazi Germans set in motion a 'death industry' while human beings were reduced to a tattooed camp number," President Komorowski said. See also: Address by the President at the commemoration ceremony of the 70th anniversary of liberation of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau


"We are standing in the place where over a million people were brutally murdered - the great majority of them Jews from almost all of Europe, as well as Poles, Roma, Soviet POWs and many, many others," Poland's president pointed out.


He added that the camp was a reminder of "the criminal Nazi ideology that undermined the pillars of the world."


"Exactly at this time 70 years ago the camp was liberated by soldiers of the Red Army's 60th Army of the First Ukrainian Front ... we think of those soldiers today with gratitude and respect," Bronislaw Komorowski continued.


Each and every survivor "of that hell of hatred and violence" is a guardian of remembrance about the Auschwitz camp, the president also said. "You are the most important participants in today's observance," he addressed the former prisoners present at the ceremony.


He added that "in a special way the Poles are also guardians of that tragic memory," because "it was towards occupied Poland that two totalitarianisms simultaneously began carrying out their genocidal plan."


"Nazi Germans turned Poland into an everlasting cemetery of Jews; they cut short the centuries-long Jewish presence in our country. This is why the role of a special depositary of Auschwitz and Holocaust remembrance has fallen to Poland," President Komorowski said.


Three hundred former prisoners of the Auschwitz Nazi German death camp as well as officials from almost 50 countries are attending the observances of the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz camp's liberation. (PAP)



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