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Thousands march at Auschwitz to honour Holocaust dead

Published on Apr 29, 2014 2:06 AM

OSWIECIM (AFP) - Several thousand Jewish youths from Israel and other countries marched Monday in honour of Holocaust victims at the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland.

The annual March of the Living was held this year for the 23rd time and dedicated to the many Hungarian Jews killed at the camp 70 years ago, as well as to the late Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved thousands of Budapest Jews.

The mournful wail of the "shofar" - a traditional Jewish ram's horn symbolising freedom - marked the beginning of the march in the southern Polish town of Oswiecim, where Nazi Germany built its most notorious death camp in 1940.

Participants passed through the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Will Set You Free) gate at Auschwitz, the older part of the camp, before making the two-mile trek to Birkenau, the main extermination site.

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