Auschwitz 75 years on: Holocaust Day prompts new anti-Semitism warnings

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Holocaust survivors and international leaders are honouring victims of the Nazis at the former Auschwitz death camp, amid calls to fight resurgent anti-Semitism. The presidents of Israel and Poland – Reuven Rivlin and Andrzej Duda – laid wreaths together, 75 years after Soviet troops liberated the camp. About 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Mr Rivlin warned of “voices which spread hate” and threaten democracy. “Our duty is to fight anti-Semitism, racism and fascist nostalgia – those sick evils,” he said. He and President Duda laid wreaths at the Death Wall, where the Nazis shot thousands of prisoners. The vast Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, in Nazi-occupied southern Poland, was the regime’s most notorious killing centre. Thousands of Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Gypsies (Roma) and other persecuted groups also died there.