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28.04.2014 Thousands of Jewish people from across the world take part in the March of the Living to join with survivors of the Nazi holocaust at a ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Full story: Thousands of Jewish teens, adults and survivors from around the world took part in the March of the Living on Monday (April 28), a three-kilometre walk from Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp to Birkenau. The vocally silent tribute, with only rams' horns sounding, is paid to those who died in the Nazi holocaust in World War Two each year. As many as 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, perished in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, either in the gas chambers or from freezing temperatures, starvation, sickness, medical tests and forced labour. One survivor at Monday's march was Bogdan Bartnikowski. He was just 12-years-old when he was brought the camp and given the prisoner number 192 736. He told Reuters he was attending this year, "because I have to speak, speak about these terrible times to other people. This reminder has to be made as long as we are able, and it's only a few of us now." The March of the Living is meant to contrast with the "death marches", which began towards the end of World War II when the Nazis force-marched some 750,000 prisoners, almost half of whom were Jewish. The organizers of the event have an annual education programme which brings students from across the globe to Poland to study the holocaust. First time visitor Oliver Kovacs, from Hungary, struggled to encompass his feelings. "It is tragic. I mean it is a really, bad place for me, I mean it's really sad as you said. I can't even explain it truly. You know, I learn about it, but seeing it, it's unbelievable, it's horrific. I can't even explain it really." Another first time visitor came from among wider family of those who died at the camps. Linda Schmier from the U.S. held up a simple hand-written list of names to illustrate her pilgrimage. "This was grandmother's family that perished in the war. My grandmother came to America, her baby brother went to Israel, and the rest of the family perished, and these are their names," she stated. The first March of the Living was held in 1988.

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