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The cry of Auschwitz

· The Pope's tweet on International Holocaust Remembrance Day ·

“Auschwitz cries out with the pain of immense suffering and pleads for a future of respect, peace and encounter among peoples”. With this tweet, Pope Francis joined in International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust.

On 27 January 1945 the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops. Seventy years later a solemn ceremony was held in the camp, which included many survivors together with 38 delegations from around the world and 15 different heads of state. At the ceremony Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, spoke, underlining that that “the most important aspect of this anniversary is still being able to listen to those who experienced those horrible days, and to make the cry of the victims heard”.

“As long as the survivors are still with us”, continued the Cardinal during the Mass he celebrated with the Apostolic Nuncio in Poland, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, at the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer”, “we must make their voices heard. And we must help the world to listen to their words because the time is coming when the memory will be handed down only through documents, books, films and interviews. The younger generation must know what happened in order to set their lives accordingly”. In fact Halina Birenbaum (85, born in Warsaw), Kazimierz Albin (93, born in Krakow) and Roman Kent (86, born in Lodz) recalled the horrors of Nazism for the world during the ceremony which was held outside in the snow.

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