The Latest: Auschwitz survivors remember at death camp site

Published 01-27-2019

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The Latest on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

About 50 survivors of Auschwitz have marked the 74th anniversary of the Soviet army's liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, an event now observed as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Poland's prime minister and the ambassadors of Israel and Russia attended Sunday's official ceremonies at site of the former camp, where several survivors gave testimony from years of terror at Auschwitz. One recalled the smell of burning flesh upon arrival at the camp.

Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, prayed and read out the names of the Nazi German death camps where many of the 6 million Jews - a third of world Jewry - were killed by Adolf Hitler's forces during the Nazi occupation of Europe.

Christian and Jewish leaders prayed together near the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria where Auschwitz prisoners were killed.

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2 p.m.

A new poll has found that one in 20 adults in Britain do not believe the Holocaust took place.

The poll of more than 2,000 people released Sunday also found that nearly two-thirds of those polled either did not know how many Jews had been murdered in World War II or greatly underestimated the number killed during the Holocaust.

The survey was carried out by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman called the results worrisome.

She says "the Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilization and has implications for us al

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2 p.m.

A new poll has found that one in 20 adults in Britain do not believe the Holocaust took place.

The poll of more than 2,000 people released Sunday also found that nearly two-thirds of those polled either did not know how many Jews had been murdered in World War II or greatly underestimated the number killed during the Holocaust.

The survey was carried out by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman called the results worrisome.

She says "the Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilization and has implications for us all ... such widespread ignorance and even denial is shocking."

Sunday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and events are scheduled throughout Britain as well as around the world. Organizers of a ceremony in London say the event also acknowledges the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and 40 years since the end of genocide in Cambodia.

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1:30 p.m.

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A new poll has found that one in 20 adults in Britain do not believe the Holocaust took place.

The poll of more than 2,000 people released Sunday also found that nearly two-thirds of those polled either did not know how many Jews had been murdered in World War II or greatly underestimated the number killed during the Holocaust.

The survey was carried out by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman called the results worrisome.

She says "the Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilization and has implications for us all ... such widespread ignorance and even denial is shocking."

Sunday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and events are scheduled throughout Britain as well as around the world. Organizers of a ceremony in London say the event also acknowledges the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and 40 years since the end of genocide in Cambodia.

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1:30 p.m.

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is warning that the cruelties of the Holocaust shall never be forgotten.

Maas writes in an op-ed in weekly Welt am Sonntag that as the last survivors are passing away, the country's youth doesn't have any direct connections to the past and shows an alarming lack of knowledge about the Holocaust.

The foreign minister warns that across Europe populists are propagating nationalism and "far-right provocateurs are trying to downplay the Holocaust."

Maas writes: "We shall never forget. We shall never be indifferent. We must stand up for our liberal democracy."

Germany and many other countries are marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday - 74 years after the Soviet army liberated the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland.

Some six million European Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.

- This item corrects the anniversary to 74 years, not 75.

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12:10 p.m.

Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs says 2018 saw a record number of worldwide anti-Semitic attacks in the streets, online and in the political arena.

The ministry released its 2018 Global Antisemitism Report on Sunday to coincide with International Holocaust Memorial Day. Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett used the occasion to call on world leaders to "rid your societies of anti-Semitism and take harsh stance against the hatred of Jews."

Among the key findings were that 13 Jews were murdered in fatal attacks in 2018, marking the highest number of Jews murdered since the wave of attacks on Argentinian Jews in the 1990s.

The report found that around 70 percent of anti-Jewish attacks were anti-Israel in nature and that most of the attacks were led by neo Nazis and white supremacists.

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10:30 a.m.

A far-right Polish activist is gathering with other nationalists outside the former Auschwitz death camp to protest Poland's government.

The man, Piotr Rybak, and about 45 others carrying the national flag hope to enter the Holocaust memorial site to place a wreath on the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp.

Rybak accuses the government of remembering only Jews and not murdered Poles in yearly observances at the memorial site.

That accusation is incorrect. The Auschwitz observances are inclusive and ecumenical, paying homage to all of the camp's victims.

The incident comes amid a surge of right-wing extremism in Poland.

Most of the 1.1 million people murdered by Nazi German forces at the camp during World War II were Jews. Other victims include Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war.

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9 a.m.

Former prisoners of Auschwitz have placed flowers at an execution wall at the former Nazi German death camp on the 74th anniversary of the camp's liberation and what is now International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The survivors wore striped scarves that recalled their uniforms, some with the red letter "P," the symbol the Germans used to mark them as Poles.

Early in World War II, most prisoners were Poles, rounded up by the occupying German forces. Later, Auschwitz was transformed into a mass killing site for Jews, Roma and others.

A ceremony is planned later Sunday near the ruins of the gas chambers to honor the 1.1 million people killed there and all Holocaust victims, one of several worldwide observances.

The camp was liberated by Soviet forces on Jan. 27, 1945.

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A red rose lies on a slab of the Holocaust Memorial to commemorate the victims of the Nazis in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) - The Associated Press


A young man stands in front of the Holocaust Memorial after he laid down a red rose on a slab of the memorial to commemorate the victims of the Nazis in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) - The Associated Press


A red rose lies on a slab of the Holocaust Memorial to commemorate the victims of the Nazis in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) - The Associated Press


Survivors of Auschwitz gather on the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi German death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. They wore striped scarves that recalled their uniforms, some with the red letter "P," the symbol the Germans used to mark them as Poles. The observances come on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) - The Associated Press


A survivor holds a poster at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, as he attends ceremonies marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) - The Associated Press


A survivor is reflected in the window of a barrack at the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp KL Auschwitz during ceremonies marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) - The Associated Press


Former prisoners and their guests arrive for the ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) - The Associated Press


Former prisoners and their guests arrive for the ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) - The Associated Press


Former prisoners place candles and flowers at the Death Wall marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) - The Associated Press


Former prisoners place candles and flowers at the Death Wall marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) - The Associated Press


Police stand between anti-fascist protesters and a group of Polish nationalists who want to place a wreath at Auschwitz in honor of Poles murdered by the Germans, in Oswiecim, Poland, on Jan. 27, 2019. The nationalists are led by a far-right activist, Piotr Rybak, who has been imprisoned for burning the effigy of Jew. He calls it an act of protest against the Polish government, which he accuses of remembering only Jews and not murdered Poles in yearly observances at the memorial site. That claim is false. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) - The Associated Press


A Polish far-right activist, Piotr Rybak,right, and other nationalists gather outside the memorial site of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, on Sunday Jan. 27, 2019. Rybak has been imprisoned for burning the effigy of a Jew. He said his gatherings Sunday was an act of protest against the Polish government, which he accuses of remembering only Jews and not murdered Poles in yearly observances at the memorial site.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) - The Associated Press


A Polish far-right activist, Piotr Rybak,right, and other nationalists gather outside the memorial site of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, on Sunday Jan. 27, 2019. Rybak has been imprisoned for burning the effigy of a Jew. He said his gatherings Sunday was an act of protest against the Polish government, which he accuses of remembering only Jews and not murdered Poles in yearly observances at the memorial site.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) - The Associated Press


In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 photo, Holocaust survivor Cipora Feivlovich gives an interview to The Associated Press at her house in Jerusalem. As the world commemorates the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, death camp survivor Feivlovich marks her own personal milestone as she turns 92. She's spent her most recent birthdays recounting to audiences in Israel and Germany her harrowing experiences in the infamous camp, where her parents, brother and best friends all perished. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner) - The Associated Press


Visitors walk through the cemetery of the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezin, Czech Republic, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. A unique collection of some 4,500 drawings by children who were interned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Holocaust now displayed in the Pinkas Synagogue, still attracts attention even after 75 years since their creation. The drawings depict the everyday life as well hopes and dreams of returning home. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) - The Associated Press


The cemetery of the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezin, Czech Republic, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. A unique collection of some 4,500 drawings by children who were interned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Holocaust now displayed in the Pinkas Synagogue, still attracts attention even after 75 years since their creation. The drawings depict the everyday life as well hopes and dreams of returning home. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) - The Associated Press


An actor of the Romania's Jewish State Theatre rehearse the musical drama "The Lights of the Ghetto" a mix of music and stories by Holocaust survivors in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, a day before the premiere on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. About 280,000 Romanian Jews and 11,000 Romanian Roma, or Gypsies, were deported and killed during WWII when Romania was ruled by a pro-nazi regime. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) - The Associated Press


Silhouetted against an image of a death camp prisoner, an actress of the Romania's Jewish State Theatre rehearses the musical drama "The Lights of the Ghetto" a mix of music and stories by Holocaust survivors in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, a day before the premiere on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. About 280,000 Romanian Jews and 11,000 Romanian Roma, or Gypsies, were deported and killed during WWII when Romania was ruled by a pro-nazi regime. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) - The Associated Press


Visitor walks at through the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezin, Czech Republic, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. A unique collection of some 4,500 drawings by children who were interned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Holocaust now displayed in the Pinkas Synagogue, still attracts attention even after 75 years since their creation. The drawings depict the everyday life as well hopes and dreams of returning home. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) - The Associated Press


A cat walks through the cemetery of the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezin, Czech Republic, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. A unique collection of some 4,500 drawings by children who were interned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Holocaust now displayed in the Pinkas Synagogue, still attracts attention even after 75 years since their creation. The drawings depict the everyday life as well hopes and dreams of returning home. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) - The Associated Press


Silhouetted against an image of a death camp prisoner, an actress of the Romania's Jewish State Theatre rehearses the musical drama "The Lights of the Ghetto" a mix of music and stories by Holocaust survivors in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, a day before the premiere on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. About 280,000 Romanian Jews and 11,000 Romanian Roma, or Gypsies, were deported and killed during WWII when Romania was ruled by a pro-nazi regime. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) - The Associated Press