Germany: Merkel opens Holocaust 'Survivors' exhibition on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel participated in the opening of an art exhibition by German artist Martin Schoeller in Essen on Tuesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. «This exhibition sets a special mark shortly before the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the 27th of January, on which every year the victims of the Shoah are... Еще remembered,» Merkel said. The exhibition «Survivors. Faces of Life after the Holocaust» features 75 photograph portraits of Holocaust survivors, a project by the world-renowned photographer Martin Schoeller. The German Chancellor said during her speech «We are witnessing racism and anti-Semitism, we are witnessing hatred and violence in our country.» She added, «The federal government knows of its duty to defend our liberal democracy against racism, anti-Semitism, right-wing extremism and all other forms of group-based misanthropy. This is why we have passed a multitude of measures in the past October, to rally make sure, or better make sure that right-wing extremism and hate crimes have no chance.» During World War II 1.1 million people, of whom about 90 per cent were Jews, were killed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. On July 2, 1947, the Polish government decreed that the camp would become a state memorial to the victims of Nazism, a purpose it has served ever since.

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