Thousands join the March of the Living to remember Holocaust victims

About 8,000 young people have gathered on the site of the Nazi-German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland for an annual march commemorating Holocaust victims.

At 1 p.m. local time the participants set off from the Auschwitz camp on a three kilometer death road to Birkenau. Among them were around 5,000 young people from Israel and some 1,500 Poles.

The first March of the Living was organized in 1988 and originally was open only to Jews. In the 1990s its scope was broadened to include people of various faiths from various countries.
At least 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, perished in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau, which the Nazi Germans built in occupied Poland starting in 1940.