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Fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp

09-02-1995 News Release 6

At the invitation of Polish President Lech Walesa and Baron Maurice Goldstein, Chairman of the International Auschwitz Committee, the International Committee of the Red Cross took part in the ceremonies marking the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp on 27 January 1945.

The ICRC was represented by its President, Cornelio Sommaruga, accompanied by an ICRC Committee member, Liselotte Kraus-Gurny, and three staff members.

In attending the commemoration the ICRC wished to pay tribute to the victims of Nazi persecution whom it did not or could not protect. It also wanted to help preserve the memory of atrocities perpetrated during the Second World War, so that such heinous acts would never be committed again.