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PRAYERS AT AUSCHWITZ ON ANNIVERSARY OF LIBERATION
    WARSAW (CWNews.com) - Representatives of six faiths gathered on Thursday at the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz to pray for the 1.5 million people killed there during World War II on the 55th anniversary of the camp's liberation.

    Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski told the assembly the world should seek to free itself of hatred upon the advent of a new millennium. "This inconceivable crime must change the world's history. But with alarm we observe new mounting threats to peace and security. Wars continue and people kill one another," he said to 1,000 survivors of the camp who had come from all over the world to commemorate their liberation in 1945 by the Soviet Red Army.

    Prayers for the victims, 90 percent of whom were Jewish, were recited by Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim, and Buddhist representatives. "This soil is soaked with blood. These signs, here in this camp, must be a warning against racism and anti-Semitism," said Kazimierz Albin, one of Auschwitz's first prisoners, weeping as he remembered his escape from the camp in 1943.

          

January 28, 2000
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