Thousands gather in Poland in memory of Holocaust victims

April 22, 2009 11:06 am 

WARSAW, April 22 — Some 7,000 people gathered in Poland on Tuesday for the March of the Living whose participants walked two miles (three kilometers) from Auschwitz I Nazi death camp to Auschwitz II Birkenau to commemorate the Holocaust victims.

The march is attended by young Jews from all over the world and around 1,000 Poles, according to the Polish news agency PAP.

At least 1.1 million people, primarily Jews, perished in the Nazi camp's gas chambers or from starvation, disease and forced labor. The camp was liberated in January 1945 by Soviet troops.

Marches of the Living have been organized since 1988 by the Israeli Ministry of Education in cooperation with the March of the Living organization on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah.)

Since 1996 marches have been organized on an annual basis. (PNA/Xinhua)

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