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In Pictures: World marks 70th anniversary of Holocaust

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-28

World leaders and ordinary citizens around the globe began marking Holocaust Remembrance Day at sundown on Sunday, 70 years after Nazi Germany unleashed a carefully organised plan for the mass extermination of Jewish people in Europe.

The Holocaust is marked each year in Israel on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan. Restaurants, cafes and places of entertainment are shut down, and radio and TV programming are dedicated almost exclusively to documentaries, interviews with survivors and somber music.

Hungary's annual "March of Life" drew a record 25,000 people on Sunday to mark 70 years since the start of mass deportations of Hungarian Jews during World War II. Around 600,000 Hungarian Jews perished in the Holocaust after Nazi Germany's invasion of Hungary on March 19, 1944, either worked to death in labour camps or gassed. Only around 100,000 survived, mostly in the capital, Budapest.

Several thousand young Jews from Israel and other countries will march in tribute to the victims in the 26th annual "March of the Living" on the site of the former Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The march this year is dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews while serving as Sweden’s special envoy to Budapest during the war.
 

Date created : 2014-04-28

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