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Zelenskiy Marks Auschwitz Anniversary Honoring Survivors

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KRAKOW, Poland—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy paid tribute Sunday evening to Holocaust survivors, telling them on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the death camps liberation that they are an example to humanity.

Zelenskiy spoke of the importance of protecting humanitarian values and freedom against the hatred that threatens civilization in a short speech at a dinner in Krakow organized by the World Jewish Congress. He received a standing ovation for his words.

Auschwitz Anniversary Zelenskiy
Auschwitz Anniversary Zelenskiy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks at welcome dinner for Holocaust survivors and their families hosted in Krakow, Poland, by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (Shahar Azran/WJC via AP)

“You are truly amazing. You are strong and incredibly courageous. So you are an example that we should follow,” Zelenskiy said through an interpreter. “The Holocaust is named the dark period in the history of humanity. And you are the rays of sunshine that penetrated the darkness.”

Zelenskiy, who is of Jewish descent and has family members who perished in the Holocaust, is to attend commemorations Monday at the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau former death camp, where Nazi German forces murdered 1.1 million people. Most of the victims were Jews.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is also expected to attend commemorations but didnt attend the dinner. A small lower-level delegatioRead More – Source