Survivors and relatives gathered to pay tribute to Holocaust victims
Survivors and relatives gathered in the World War II era Nazi German death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau on Thursday (May 2) to pay tribute to victims of the Holocaust.
Participants from around the world marched 3 kms (1.9 miles) from the Auschwitz camp to Birkenau where a memorial service was held, as part of the annual March of the Living.
Speaking during the service, Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg spoke of the horrors he experienced in a concentration camp.
"You cannot imagine what my teenage eyes witnessed," he said.
Others used the event as a way to warn those who did not live through the Holocaust about how events unfolded.
Holocaust survivor Irvin Roth said that he had a responsibility to tell the step by step process of how millions of ordinary people became involved in murder.
As many as 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, perished in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, either in the gas chambers or from freezing temperatures, starvation, sickness, medical tests and forced labour.
The camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers on January 27, 1945.
Other victims include Polish political prisoners, Soviet prisoners of war, Sinto and Roma, homosexuals, people with disabilities, and prisoners of conscience or religious faith.
The annual march took place on Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the Holocaust which claimed six million Jewish lives across Europe.
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