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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Steven Spielberg warns of need to remember at Auschwitz

Film director Steven Spielberg has spoken of the need to always remember the atrocities of Auschwitz.

He was attending the unveiling of a new memorial called the 'Pillars of Remembrance' at the site.

The plaques read:

In loving memory of those who perished in the Shoah. May their memory always be a blessing. And in honor of those who survived, who left this terrible place, and kept the human spirit alive.

– Memorial inscription

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Clegg calls for gay Holocaust victims to be remembered

Nick Clegg has backed a call for gay victims of the Holocaust to be remembered on a national memorial.

Clegg told PinkNews he felt Holocaust memorials should include non-Jewish victims of the genocide, which included up to 15,000 homosexuals forced to wear a "pink triangle" and live in concentration camps.

Nick Clegg has backed a call for gay victims of the Holocaust to be remembered. Credit: PA Wire

"We must never forget the tens of thousands of gay people who were so brutally persecuted and executed at the hands of the Nazis, simply because of their sexuality," the Deputy Prime Minister said.

"Any memorial remembering the Holocaust should recognise the persecution of non-Jewish victims whilst maintaining the centrality of the six million murdered Jews."

Several monuments across the world already commemorate gay and lesbian victims of the Holocaust, including in Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Berlin and San Francisco.

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French President pays respects to Holocaust victims

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French President Francois Hollande has paid his respects to Holocaust victims by placing a wreath at the Shoah memorial in Paris - the country's memorial and museum to the Holocaust.

He referred to the recent shooting at a Jewish supermarket in the Paris suburbs, and told the gathering that the whole of France shared their pain.

He said France is a homeland for all Jewish people and if they left - then the shooters will have won.

He pledged to make anti-Semitism a crime.

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I know what torments you - who will talk when you are no longer here? I make you this promise, France will never forget.

– President Hollande

He spent time talking to five Jews who were deported and five young Jews and thanked survivors for their tireless work sharing their experiences with others.

The Hebrew word "Shoah" which means "catastrophe" is used in France to describe the Holocaust.

Polish president lays wreath for Auschwitz victims

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski adjusts a ribbon on a wreath at the 'Wall of Death' in Auschwitz. Credit: Reuters

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski walked with survivors of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau to lay a wreath at the 'Wall of Death', marking 70 years since the liberation of the camp by Red Army soliders.

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowki walks with survivors of Auschwitz. Credit: Reuters

Ceremonies to mark the anniversary will be taking place all over the world today, with 300 Auschwitz prisoners travelling to the camp to take part.

At least 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, but also Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and prisoners of other ethnicities died at the camp.

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