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    Auschwitz Anniversary Marked as Peace Again Shattered by War

    Auschwitz Anniversary Marked as Peace Again Shattered by War

    OSWIECIM, — Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors and other mourners commemorated the 78th anniversary Friday of the Nazi German death 's liberation, some expressing horror that war has again shattered peace in and the lesson of Never Again is being forgotten.

    The former concentration and extermination camp is located in the town of Oświęcim in southern Poland, which was under the occupation of German forces during World War II and became a place of systematic murder of Jews, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and others targeted for elimination by Adolf Hitler and his henchmen.

    In all, some 1.1 million people were killed at the vast complex before it was liberated by Soviet troops on Jan. 27, 1945.

    Today the site, with its barracks, barbed wire and ruins of gas chambers, stands as one of the world's most recognized symbols of evil and a site of pilgrimage for millions.

    Jewish and Christian prayers for the dead were recited at the memorial site, which lies only 300 kilometers (185 miles) from , where Russian aggression is creating death and destruction — a conflict on the minds of many this year.

    “Standing here today at this place of remembrance, Birkenau, I follow with horror the news from the east that the Russian army, which liberated us here, is waging a war there in Ukraine. Why? Why?” lamented survivor Zdzisława Włodarczyk during observances Friday.

    Piotr Cywinski, Auschwitz state museum…

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