Russian representatives have not been invited to the commemorations of the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the German Auschwitz death camp, which will take place on Friday, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported on Wednesday. The decision was made because of Russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine.
“Due to the aggression against free and independent Ukraine, representatives of the Russian Federation have not been invited to participate in this year’s commemoration of the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz,” Auschwitz Museum spokesman Bartosz Bartyzel told PAP on Wednesday.
Until now, Russia has participated in the ceremonies every year, and its representative has spoken at the main ceremony.
#Russia will not be invited to the 78th anniversary of the liberation of #Auschwitz— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) January 26, 2023
"Piotr Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz Museum in Poland, said that because of the war in #Ukraine, Russia is excluded from the countries participating in the ceremony", writes Deutsche Welle. pic.twitter.com/FsTJLp7PqJ
The Germans exterminated at least 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, but also Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and people of other nationalities. The camp was liberated on 27 January 1945 by soldiers from the 60th Army of the Ukrainian First Front.
25/26 January 1945 | SS unit dynamited the building of gas chamber and crematorium V at Auschwitz II-Birkenau. It was one of the last efforts to remove the evidence of their crimes. You can see the ruins in our virtual visit:https://t.co/pohI8IV44m pic.twitter.com/JgVtDP6czc— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 26, 2023