Saturday, January 24, 2015

For Poland's Auschwitz Museum, A Time of Great Change

By Rick Lyman
Soviet troops liberated the camp in 1945. About 1.5 million children were killed in the Nazi Holocaust. Credit Sub/CAF PAP, via Associated Press
POLAND---For what is likely to be the last time, a large number of the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz will gather next week under an expansive tent, surrounded by royalty and heads of state, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of those held there at the end of World War II. At the 60th anniversary, 1,500 survivors attended. “This will be the last decade anniversary with a very visible presence of survivors,” said Andrzej Kacorzyk, deputy director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.... This year, on Tuesday, about 300 are expected. Most of them are in their 90s, and some are older than 100. [link]

The former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Credit Pawel Ulatowski/Reuters