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Auschwitz was "the worst breakdown of civilization in human history" says Schulz

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that "Jews in Europe still fear for their safety today. That is something that must frighten us and we need to resist that fear”. Referring to last week’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine, police officers and a Jewish supermarket in Paris, he added that “We need to ensure that this hatred does not become contagious". On 27 January 1945, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers. Established by the Nazis in 1940, it became the largest of the death camps. More than 1,100,000 people lost their lives there.

The full text of the President's statement is available at the following link http://www.europarl.europa.eu/the-president/en/

Video recording of the statement Special website dedicated to the liberation of Auschwitz 70th anniversaryAudiovisual material