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Poland’s president to attend March of the Living commemoration at Auschwitz

Holocaust survivor Edward Mossberg with Polish president Andrzej Duda, at a ceremony in the March of the Living at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp site in Poland, as Israel marks annual Holocaust Memorial Day, on April 12, 2018. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90/ File)
Holocaust survivor Edward Mossberg with Polish president Andrzej Duda, at a ceremony in the March of the Living at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp site in Poland, as Israel marks annual Holocaust Memorial Day, on April 12, 2018. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90/ File)

Polish President Andrzej Duda will take part in tomorrow’s March of the Living, an annual Holocaust commemoration at Auschwitz, alongside Holocaust survivors and thousands of others.

A group of refugees who fled Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are among those expected to take part.

“With shadow of war once again hanging over Europe, and Poland hosting millions of refugees from the ongoing war, President Duda’s participation pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and will serve as a clear statement against the dangers of antisemitism, hatred, racism and intolerance,” the organizers of the events say in a press release.

Duda took part in the March of the Living in 2018 alongside Israel’s then-president Reuven Rivlin. However, relations between the countries have been strained odds over Israeli objections to Polish legislation limiting Holocaust restitution, though Jerusalem has moved in recent months to patch up ties with Warsaw.

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