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22,000 mark Mauthausen liberation

More than 22,000 people including around 50 survivors on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen in Austria, one of the Nazis’ biggest concentration camps, organizers say.

“In a time where intolerance and discrimination are still issues both in Austria and abroad it is all the more important to remain aware of what this behavior led to 70 years ago,” says Willi Mernyi, chairman of the Austrian Mauthausen Committee.

The ceremony at the former camp near Linz was attended by people from all over Europe and beyond as well as Austria’s president and chancellor, the Czech premier and the speakers of the Greek and Belgian parliaments.

AFP

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