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        1/27/2014, Shevat 26, 5774

      Survivors Mark 69 Years Since Liberation


      The Guardian says, a European Jewish leader condemned antisemitism as a crime on Monday as Auschwitz survivors and Israeli officials marked 69 years since the liberation of the Nazi death camp.

      The ceremony at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial took place on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the United Nations in memory of 6 million Holocaust victims, including victims of Auschwitz, who were mostly Jews, says The Guardian.

      Some 20 survivors walked through the gate with the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" (work makes you free) sign and laid a wreath at the former camp's Executions Wall, where inmates, mainly Polish resistance members, were shot dead. The Guardian adds about 60 members of the Knesset, the Israeli legislature, joined the survivors for observances that included visits to the red-brick Auschwitz barracks, which house a collection of the victims' belongings and hair, and a list of the names of some 4.2 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.