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ARMENIAN PM TO ATTEND CEREMONY OF LIBERATION OF NAZI DEATH CAMP IN POLAND

YEREVAN, JANUARY 24, ARMENPRESS: Armenian prime minister Andranik Margarian and several other government officials are flying to Polish Krakow to attend January 27 ceremonies there marking the 60-th anniversary of liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops near the town of Oswiecim.

The ceremonies will be attended by many heads of states and governments. Armenian officials will meet also with members of the Armenian community of Poland.

For the first time in its history, the United Nations on Monday marks the liberation of Nazi death camps during World War II.

Foreign ministers of Israel, Germany, France, Argentina, Armenia, Canada and Luxembourg, representing the European Union, are scheduled to speak. Between 1 million and 1.5 million prisoners, most of them Jews, were killed in Auschwitz alone, dying in gas chambers or of starvation and disease. Six million Jews overall were exterminated in Nazi death camps.

Some 600,000 citizens of Soviet Armenia, then a republic of less than two million inhabitants, took part in the WW II . Only half of them stayed alive.

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