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75 years after liberation, site of Auschwitz's concentration camps opens doors to survivor families
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75 years after liberation, site of Auschwitz's concentration camps opens doors to survivor families

On 27 January 1945, the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland. To mark its 75 years, many survivors from across the world were scheduled to travel to this site for official anniversary commemorations.

On 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz, Holocaust survivors plead for world to 'never forget' atrocities
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On 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz, Holocaust survivors plead for world to 'never forget' atrocities

The ceremony at Auschwitz culminated a week of events around the world, including a commemoration in Jerusalem attended by dozens of world leaders, who urged collective vigilance against a resurgence of anti-Semitism worldwide

Hungarian gymnast Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic champion and Holocaust survivour, turns 99
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Hungarian gymnast Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic champion and Holocaust survivour, turns 99

Although she turned 99 on Thursday, even a nine-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with Agnes Keleti's irrepressible energy and enthusiasm.

Lovers in Auschwitz, parted at the end of World War 2, reunited 72 years later
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Lovers in Auschwitz, parted at the end of World War 2, reunited 72 years later

The first time he spoke to her, in 1943, by the Auschwitz crematory, David Wisnia realised that Helen Spitzer was no regular inmate.

Amid Brexit uncertainty, British Jews seek German citizenship; embassy received 3,380 applications since June 2016 referendum
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Amid Brexit uncertainty, British Jews seek German citizenship; embassy received 3,380 applications since June 2016 referendum

With UK due to leave the European Union on 29 March, i.e. Brexit, British Jews have more emotional reasons to acquire German citizenship than just retaining the ability to travel easily or maintain business ties.

Ben Foster to play an Auschwitz survivor in Barry Levinson's boxing drama, Harry Haft
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Ben Foster to play an Auschwitz survivor in Barry Levinson's boxing drama, Harry Haft

Ben Foster recently appeared in Debra Granik's Leave No Trace and Melanie Laurent's Galveston.

Premier League: Chelsea may send racist fans on trips to Nazi death camp Auschwitz to tackle antisemitism, say reports
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Premier League: Chelsea may send racist fans on trips to Nazi death camp Auschwitz to tackle antisemitism, say reports

Chelsea are considering sending racist supporters on trips to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz to tackle anti-Semitism at the club.

FIFA World Cup 2018: FA, British police to investigate video of England fans performing Nazi salutes in Russia
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FIFA World Cup 2018: FA, British police to investigate video of England fans performing Nazi salutes in Russia

British police said on Wednesday they were investigating images of England football fans making Nazi salutes in what appeared to be a bar in the Russian city of Volgograd, where England played Tunisia on Monday.

Orchestral performance in Jerusalem to feature lost music composed by Nazi concentration camp victims
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Orchestral performance in Jerusalem to feature lost music composed by Nazi concentration camp victims

A quest over 30 years by an Italian musician to track down music composed by Nazi concentration camp victims will reach fruition in April.

German court drops case against Auschwitz medic facing 3,681 counts of being accessory to murder
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German court drops case against Auschwitz medic facing 3,681 counts of being accessory to murder

A German court on Tuesday said it had dropped a case against a 96-year-old former medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp because he suffers from dementia

Cambodia's genocide museum bans Pokemon Go
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Cambodia's genocide museum bans Pokemon Go

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum director Chhay Visoth said Wednesday that he has posted signs at the site's entrance and inside banning Pokemon Go.

Families camp overnight, more than 1.5 million gather for Pope Francis' grand finale in Poland
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Families camp overnight, more than 1.5 million gather for Pope Francis' grand finale in Poland

Pope Francis had faced stiff competition with the memory of immensely popular Polish pope and saint John Paul II, but quickly made the festivities his own.

Pope Francis visits Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, mourns victims
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Pope Francis visits Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, mourns victims

Pope Francis became the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

Pope Francis arrives at Poland to pray at Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Pope Francis arrives at Poland to pray at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Pope Francis has walked beneath the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate at Auschwitz, beginning a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp.

Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, dies at 87
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Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, dies at 87

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, the Romanian-born Holocaust survivor whose classic Night became a landmark testament to the Nazis' crimes, has died at age 87

Pope Francis to meet Auschwitz survivors in Poland
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Pope Francis to meet Auschwitz survivors in Poland

Francis' schedule, released Thursday, includes a visit to the Auschwitz memorial and a private visit to a children's hospital in Krakow.

Past revisited: Holocaust victims' belongings uncovered after 50 years in Poland
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Past revisited: Holocaust victims' belongings uncovered after 50 years in Poland

More than 16,000 personal items belonging to Jews who were held in the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz were uncovered in Poland's capital Warsaw, after 50 years since they were excavated.

Seventy years on: What could trials against Nazi guards from World War II hope to achieve?
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Seventy years on: What could trials against Nazi guards from World War II hope to achieve?

Last week a former Auschwitz guard apologised during his trial. But why are such trials still going on in Germany, 70 years after World War II ended and what can they achieve?

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Obama honours American and Polish citizens who protected Jews
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Holocaust Remembrance Day: Obama honours American and Polish citizens who protected Jews

President Barack Obama honoured four people on Wednesday for risking their lives to protect Jews, saying that an attack on any faith is an attack on all faiths.

Auschwitz bookkeeper sentenced to four years in prison for role in Nazi genocide
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Auschwitz bookkeeper sentenced to four years in prison for role in Nazi genocide

LUENEBURG, Germany A 94-year-old German man known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the murder of 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp, in what could be one of the last big Holocaust trials. Betraying little emotion, white-haired Oskar Groening sat with his arms crossed, looking around the court room while the judge explained the verdict. After the hearing, he shuffled out of court, hunched over a walking frame with his head bowed