Thousands gather to remember Holocaust victims

Thousands of people worldwide gathered at events worldwide to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust - exactly 70 years after the liberation of the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp.

The UK Government announced it is to contribute £50 million towards a new Holocaust memorial and an education centre proposed by the Holocaust Commission.

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Sir John Hurt reads poem by Holocaust survivor

Actor Sir John Hurt read a poem by Holocaust survivor Primo Levi during a commemoration ceremony in Central Hall, Westminster today:

Light is shone on the unspeakable horrors of Auschwitz

In Auschwitz in southern Poland - where darkness has fallen but where on this special day a light has been shone on the unspeakable horrors that unfolded here. Some 70 years ago tonight this most notorious of Nazi death camps was liberated.

For more than a million, mainly Jews, it was too late. But some survived this killing factory, and some survive still. 300 returned here for a special service of commemoration. Some were coming back for the first time - but in the dusk here all managed a slow walk along the railway track that delivered them to their ghastly fate .

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports on a day of remembrance:

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White House: Honouring Holocaust victims takes courage

President Obama pay tribute to those who where killed by the Nazi regime in a statement released by the White House today.

He said remembering the past required courage to stand up to bigotry and prejudice in the present, saying the Paris attacks showed the need to condemn rising anti-Semitism in all its forms.

The American people pay tribute to the six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime. We also honor those who survived the Shoah, while recognizing the scars and burdens that many have carried ever since. Honoring the victims and survivors begins with our renewed recognition of the value and dignity of each person. It demands from us the courage to protect the persecuted and speak out against bigotry and hatred.

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris serve as a painful reminder of our obligation to condemn and combat rising anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the denial or trivialization of the Holocaust. [...]

Today we come together and commit, to the millions of murdered souls and all survivors, that it must never happen again.

– White House Statement

Dwindling number of Auschwitz survivors mark 70 years

Early this morning the first of almost 300 survivors of Auschwitz arrived to commemorate 70 years since the Nazi-run death camp was liberated by Russian troops.

Emotions ran high as the survivors, now in their eighties and nineties, lay wreaths and lit candles in a dignified tribute to the million people who died within the walls of the camp. Paul Davies reports.

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