Holocaust survivors provide moving testimonies at Auschwitz liberation ceremony

A delegation made up of heads of state and survivors attend a candle lighting ceremony at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau during events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation in Oswiecim, Poland, on January 27, 2020.
A delegation made up of heads of state and survivors attend a candle lighting ceremony at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau during events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation in Oswiecim, Poland, on January 27, 2020. AFP - JANEK SKARZYNSKI
Text by: Tracy MCNICOLL
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As the world marks 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where more than a million people perished during the Holocaust, survivors provided moving testimonies during a solemn ceremony. Read the ceremony as it unfolded on FRANCE 24's live blog below.

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  • More than 1.1 million people, primarily Jews, perished at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp in Poland, either in gas chambers or from starvation and disease.
  • The camp was liberated on January 27, 1945, by Soviet troops, who discovered 7,000 survivors upon their arrival.
  • Holocaust survivors were among those gathered Monday afternoon to mark the solemn anniversary in Oswiecim, Poland. They recalled their suffering and warned of rising anti-semitism.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday morning inaugurated a new memorial wall of names commemorating French victims of Holocaust at the Shoah memorial museum in Paris.

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