Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on

Visitors walk among original buildings at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, which today is a museum in Oswiecim, Poland. Picture: GETTY From the UK Telegraph, that has a photo series here

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation. On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s.

“In 10 years there might be just one,” said Zygmunt Shipper, an 85-year-old survivor who will attend the event in southern Poland to pay homage to the millions killed by the Third Reich. In recent years, Shipper has been traveling around Britain to share his story with school groups, hoping to reach as many people as he can while he has the strength.

“The children cry, and I tell them to talk to their parents and brothers and sisters and ask them ‘Why do we do it and why do we hate?’” he said. “We mustn’t forget what happened”…

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  • Suzanne

    We won’t forget.

  • Maggat

    Should islam get it’s way this will be coming soon to the world, near you.

    • Frau Katze

      I’m afraid so. Some current politicians do not understand the disaster of Islam.

      • winniec

        Justin for instance doesn’t see Muslims are the new Nazis.

    • winniec

      Paris kosher market.

  • winniec

    God bless the survivors who come back to bear witness. IT HAPPENED. Never again.

    • I’m afraid it has happened and will continue to do so until people start embracing morality.

  • I assure you- Obama has totally forgotten.

  • bob e

    i won’t forget ..

    thanks frau .. you is the best. i always follow your writing & posting.
    i never get a chance to say how very needed it is & to thank you.
    i know i sound very corny everyone, but that how it is ..

  • Islam is the 21st century’s version of Nazism, and it will do the same and worse not only to Jews but to Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and other non-Moslems if it gets the chance.

  • David Murrell

    Yes, but the Obama administration is refusing to send anyone to the Holocaust memorial service. But today (Tuesday January 27, 2015) the Obama administration is bringing with him a full group of senior administration officials, to the funeral of King Saud, in Saudi Arabia. Obama likes the Saudis, dislikes Jews.