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In pics: Auschwitz survivors observe 76th anniversary of liberation online amid pandemic

Updated : 2021-01-28 18:10:17

Over 11 lakh people, most of them Jews, perished in gas chambers at the Auschwitz camp set up on Polish soil by Nazi Germany during Second World War (WWII)

Over 11 lakh people, most of them Jews, perished in gas chambers at the Auschwitz camp set up on Polish soil by Nazi Germany during Second World War (WWII). January 27 marked the 76th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops. The event -- which was held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic -- is significant as it comes at a time when far-right and anti-Semitic movements are on the rise across the globe. Pictured -- The
Over 11 lakh people, most of them Jews, perished in gas chambers at the Auschwitz camp set up on Polish soil by Nazi Germany during Second World War (WWII). January 27 marked the 76th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops. The event -- which was held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic -- is significant as it comes at a time when far-right and anti-Semitic movements are on the rise across the globe. Pictured -- The "Arbeit macht frei" (Work sets you free) gate at the Auschwitz camp. (Image: Reuters)
The online nature of this year's commemorations is a sharp contrast to events marking last year's anniversary when some 200 survivors and dozens of European leaders and royalty gathered at the site of the former camp. It was one of the last large international gatherings before the pandemic brought normal life to a halt. Pictured -- Barracks of the Auschwitz camp. (Image: Reuters)
The online nature of this year's commemorations is a sharp contrast to events marking last year's anniversary when some 200 survivors and dozens of European leaders and royalty gathered at the site of the former camp. It was one of the last large international gatherings before the pandemic brought normal life to a halt. Pictured -- Barracks of the Auschwitz camp. (Image: Reuters)
In all, about 60 lakh European Jews and millions of other people were killed by the Germans and their collaborators. In 2005, the United Nations designated the anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Pictured -- Roses with a note saying
In all, about 60 lakh European Jews and millions of other people were killed by the Germans and their collaborators. In 2005, the United Nations designated the anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Pictured -- Roses with a note saying "#weremember", are placed on the Holocaust Memorial on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Berlin. (Image: AP Photo)
Of the 60 lakh Jewish victims, some 15 lakh were children, and this year's commemorations included a special focus on them. All living survivors were either children or still young during the war that began more than 81 years ago. While commemorations have moved online for the first time, one constant is the drive of survivors to tell their stories as words of caution. Pictured -- A pathway leading to an observation and security tower between what were electric barbed wire fences inside the camp. (Image: AP Photo)
Of the 60 lakh Jewish victims, some 15 lakh were children, and this year's commemorations included a special focus on them. All living survivors were either children or still young during the war that began more than 81 years ago. While commemorations have moved online for the first time, one constant is the drive of survivors to tell their stories as words of caution. Pictured -- A pathway leading to an observation and security tower between what were electric barbed wire fences inside the camp. (Image: AP Photo)
Survivors emphasized the importance of finding ways to keep Auschwitz relevant after they can no longer tell their own stories, amid a rise in far-right movements and anti-Semitism. Pictured-- Main railway building of the camp. (Image: Reuters)
Survivors emphasized the importance of finding ways to keep Auschwitz relevant after they can no longer tell their own stories, amid a rise in far-right movements and anti-Semitism. Pictured-- Main railway building of the camp. (Image: Reuters)
While many fear that they could never visit the site again if the pandemic continues, some survivors were optimistic that the pandemic would not end their chances of returning to the memorial and telling their stories. Pictured—Another image of the camp which is now turned into a museum. (Image: Reuters)
While many fear that they could never visit the site again if the pandemic continues, some survivors were optimistic that the pandemic would not end their chances of returning to the memorial and telling their stories. Pictured—Another image of the camp which is now turned into a museum. (Image: Reuters)
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