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Elderly Survivors Return to Auschwitz, 72 Years After Liberation

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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day and also the anniversary of the day that the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet army in 1945. Many elderly Holocaust survivors returned to Auschwitz today to honor the many lives lost – including many of their loved ones.

Dozens of Auschwitz survivors placed wreaths and flowers Friday at the infamous execution wall of the former German death camp, paying homage to the victims of Adolf Hitler’s regime exactly 72 years after the camp’s liberation…

Elderly survivors at Auschwitz, which today is a memorial site and museum, paid homage to those killed by wearing striped scarves reminiscent of the garb prisoners once wore there.

They walked slowly beneath the notorious gate with the words “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Will Set You Free) and made their way as a group to the execution wall, where they lit candles and prayed.

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