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Moscow Says Poland Talking 'Nonesense' Over Auschwitz Liberation Claim

© REUTERS / Pawel UlatowskiA general view of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim
A general view of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim - Sputnik International
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Russia's State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin stated that statement by Poland's foreign minister that the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland was liberated by Ukrainians is nonsense from a historical point of view.

Auschwitz concentration camp Museum. 20.01.2015 in Oswiecim, Poland. In the picture: barbed wire fence surrounded the camp - Sputnik International
Russia Upset at Polish Attempts to Rewrite Auschwitz History
MOSCOW, January 22 (Sputnik) –  The statement by Poland's foreign minister that the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland was liberated by Ukrainians is nonsense from a historical point of view, while from a political perspective is a desire to rewrite history, Russia's State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Thursday.

"From the point of view of history, it is a falsification and obvious nonsense. Well, I think that from a political perspective, it is the desire to rewrite history for political purposes," Naryshkin told reporters.

On Wednesday, Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, speaking on national radio, claimed that the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by Ukrainians since the operation was carried out by the First Ukrainian Front. "There were Ukrainian soldiers on that January day and they opened the gates of the camp and liberated the camp," the minister said.

The sign Arbeit macht frei (Work makes you free) is pictured at the main gate of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim - Sputnik International
Russia is Set to Attend Holocaust Memorial Event in Auschwitz

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Red Army, consisting of Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Armenian and other soldiers from the Soviet Union, liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

On Tuesday, January 27, a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of Auschwitz-Birkenau's liberation will be held at a museum on the site of the former Nazi concentration camp. More than 1.5 million people were killed in German concentration camps during World War II. Auschwitz was the largest and one of the most notorious of the death camps and subsequently became a symbol of the Holocaust.

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