Monday, January 26, 2015

Lingering Stigma of the Holocaust in Poland 70 Years On

Decades After Auschwitz, Past Horrors Haunt A Polish Town

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, to be attended by world leaders and survivors, raises painful questions for residents of Oswiecim where Nazi occupiers created one of the most relentless extermination machines in history, claiming the lives of an estimated 1.5 million people.

Seven decades on, Oswiecim is trying to put the bleak past behind it, a giant “City of Peace” banner displayed next to the main railway hub, which once saw hundreds of thousands transported in cattle wagons into the camp’s gas chambers.

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