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  • 31 January 2017

    72 anniversary of the liberation of German nazi concentration and death camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau was celebrated at the Copenhagen City Hall

    In accordance with the local tradition, the “Auschwitz Day” was also this year commemorated at the Copenhagen City Hall on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day - 27th January. Inaugurating the memorial ceremony the vice-mayor of Copenhagen Mr. Carl Christian Ebbesen stressed that “history will repeat itself, if we fail to learn from the past.” This year two Holocaust survivors shared their memories with the public: Mr. Marian Turski, a former Polish prisoner of the German nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and Ms. Hanna Skop, who as a teenager escaped from the Third Reich to Sweden.


    A stirring testimonial of Mr. Marian Turski – the survivor of the concentration camps Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald and of the final “death march” – evoking the significance of the human dignity at times of genocide and pointing to the duty of remembrance touched the Copenhagen audience. The ceremony concluded with musical passages from the Quartet for the End of Time / Quatuor pour la fin du temps written by the French composer Olivier Messiaen at the German POW camp in Goerlitz in 1940, where the work was also executed at its premiere.   


    Here you can watch Marian Turski testimony, recorded eariler in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews Polin:


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