Nazi Holocaust victims remembered
May 4, 1997
Web posted at: 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT)
(CNN) -- Holocaust survivors and the loved ones of those who
perished in Nazi concentration camps reflected on the
unparalleled killing of World War II on Sunday as Yom
Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, began at sundown
around the world.
In Minsk, Belarus, hundreds gathered at the site of a ghetto
district where 100,000 Jews died in a Nazi purge. Throughout
Israel, flags were at half-mast at the start of the 24-hour
memorial, and Israeli television showed footage from Nazi
death camps where Jews were systematically exterminated.
In southern Poland, some 2,500 young Jews, mostly from
Israel, Canada and the U.S., marked the day by staging a
March of the Living from the site of the former Auschwitz
concentration camp to nearby Birkenau, where most of the
complex's 1.5 million victims were killed.
On the east steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, the
B'nai B'rith National Capital Association sponsored the "Unto
Every Person There is a Name" ceremony. Organizers said the
goal is to read the names of each of the 6 million Jews who
died in the Holocaust.
And in Germany, Berliners read aloud the names of the nearly
56,000 Berlin Jews murdered under the Nazis -- a list that is
so long it takes 26 hours to read out.
In addition to the Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis,
more than 3 million Soviet prisoners of war and 2 million
Poles and others Slavs were killed.
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