|The ironic welcome at the Auschwitz main camp. "Work|
makes (you) free." This and neighboring camps murdered
1.5 million people. It was liberated January 27, 1945.
An estimated 1.5 million people were killed here, mostly European Jews.
The commemoration included 3,000 guests, including nearly 300 survivors. Ten years ago there were 1,500 survivors attending. Most of the survivors are now in their 90s, with a few over 100 years old.
The BBC video clip includes at the end some of the statement of Roman Kent, chairman of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, who was a teenager when incarcerated at Auschwitz. He is described as struggling through tears to speak these words (as I have transcribed from the BBC video):
The heartbreak and weeping of the children torn from their mothers' arms by the brutal action of their torturers will ring in my ears until I am laid to rest.