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Thousands attend March of the Living in Auschwitz to honor Holocaust victims

This year, American veterans that participated in the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz also joined in the annual march commemorating the memory of Holocaust victims.

by DPA, The Associated Press and Haaretz

April 19, 2012 | 10:43 am

A man waves an Israeli flag outside the former Nazi death camp of Birkenau (Auschwitz II) in Oswiecim-Brzezinka, southern Poland on April 19. Photo by REUTERS/Peter Andrews

A man waves an Israeli flag outside the former Nazi death camp of Birkenau (Auschwitz II) in Oswiecim-Brzezinka, southern Poland on April 19. Photo by REUTERS/Peter Andrews

Thousands of youth from Israel, the United States and other countries marched Thursday between Auschwitz and Birkenau, the two parts of Nazi Germany’s most notorious death complex, to honor the millions killed in the Holocaust.

Some 10,000 Jewish youths from Israel and 30 other countries participated in a three-kilometer march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the two sections of the largest concentration camp complex during World War II.

The annual march at Auschwitz, known as The March of the Living, was also attended this year by U.S. Army veterans who took part in the liberation of concentration camps such as Dachau, Buchenwald, Gunskirchen and Mauthausen. The oldest participating veteran was 94.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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