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Russia is not invited to the anniversary ceremony of the liberation of Auschwitz

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The Auschwitz museum said Wednesday that because of the war in Ukraine, Russia will not be invited to a ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp by the Red Army.

“In view of the aggression against free and independent Ukraine, representatives of the Russian Federation are not invited to participate in this year’s commemoration,” Piotr Sawicki, a representative of the established museum, told AFP. on the site of the former camp.

Friday marks the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp built by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland, which became Holocaust Remembrance Day. So far, Russia has always participated on January 27 every year. at the commemoration held, his delegate spoke at the ceremony.

Museum director Piotr Cywinski said that under the current circumstances he could not “sign any letter of invitation to the Russian ambassador”. “I hope that will change in the future, but we still have a long way to go,” he said, according to the PAP news agency.

“After this conflict, Russia will need a very long time and a very deep reflection to return to the gatherings of the civilized world,” he said.
On the day Russia invaded Ukraine, February 24 last year, the museum condemned the Russian attack as a “barbaric act”.

The Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camp became a symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million European Jews, one million of them along with over 100,000 prisoners of other nationalities died in this camp in 1940-1945.

Source: The Delfi

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