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COMMEMORATIONS were held across the world today in memory of the six million Jewish people murdered by the Nazis during the second world war.
Most Holocaust Remembrance Day events were held online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, including the annual ceremony at Germany’s Auschwitz death camp built in occupied Poland where some 1.1 million Jews were killed.
Germany’s Bundestag President Wolfgang Schaueble warned that “our culture of remembrance does not protect us from a brazen reinterpretation and even a denial of history.”
He added that racism and anti-semitism were spreading through internet forums and conspiracy theories, stressing society’s collective responsibility to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.
Pope Francis said that remembering the Holocaust was a sign of humanity and a condition for a peaceful future.
He stressed the need for vigilance, warning that “these things can happen again.”
Mourners gathered in the Polish capital Warsaw for one of the few events at which people were physically present.
They paid tribute to the residents of the Warsaw Ghetto, where European Jews were held before being sent to die in mass extermination camps and where many were killed after leading an uprising against the Nazis.
Some 11 million people were killed in the Holocaust. Most were Jews, but Roma, communists, trade unionists, gay people and the disabled were also murdered.
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