Thousands take part in March of the Living at Nazi death camp





Thousands of young Jews, Poles and World War II survivors took part Thursday in the March of the Living, an annual event at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp.

This year’s march, the 17th, started with the blowing of the shofar, a ram’s horn, at the iron gate — crowned with the words “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Sets You Free” — that leads into the former camp of Auschwitz.

The Israeli army chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, led the marchers, accompanied by some camp survivors carrying the Torah and fellow Israeli troops.

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