''It is a disgrace that people in Germany are harassed, threatened or attacked if they somehow identify as Jews or if they take the side of the State of Israel,'' German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a memorial service attended by dozens of diplomats in Berlin on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
A historic delegation of 100 survivors of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz will head to Poland in the coming days to participate in the bservance of the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. The survivors' group is being organized by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the USC Shoah Foundation and each survivor will attend the event with a child or grandchild.
European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans as well as Commissioners Maros Sefcovic, Cecilia Malmstrom and Vytenis Andriukaitis have agreed to participate in an initiative taken by the European Jewish Association (EJA) on the eve of International Holocaust Memorial Day which will be marked across the globe on January 27.
On the occasion of the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on 27 January 2015, more than 100 Auschwitz survivors from at least 17 countries will travel to Poland to participate in a commemoration event of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz.