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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