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A view from below shows pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust displayed at the Hall of Names in the Holocaust History Museum at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, 15 January 2020 - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Putin Calls Nazi Crimes Against Jews 'Shameful, Terrifying' at World Holocaust Forum

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The Fifth World Holocaust Forum begins on Thursday with dozens of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, coming to the city of Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp.

The forum will begin at about 1:10 p.m. (local time) with an by address Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, while the memorial ceremony will start at 3:10 p.m. (local time) with Holocaust survivors Rose Moskowitz and Colette Avital lighting a memorial torch followed by the heads of delegations laying wreaths at the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising at the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre.

Prior to the forum, the world leaders wrote letters expressing their deep and ardent commitment to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive as well as fight antisemitism. Their statements have been gathered in a book that will be presented to the forum's participants.

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15:19 GMT 23.01.2020
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier Expresses His "Deepest Sorrow" for the Holocaust

Addressing the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his "deepest sorrow'' for the Holocaust.

"The spirits of evil are emerging in a new guise, presenting their anti-Semitic, racist, authoritarian thinking as an answer for the future, a new solution to the problems of our age. And I wish I could say that we Germans have learnt from history once and for all. But I cannot say that when hatred is spreading," Steinmeier said, as quoted by AP.  

14:14 GMT 23.01.2020
Macron Says Holocaust Must Not Be Used to 'Justify' Division or 'Hate'
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Putin, Pence Shake Hands at Holocaust Commemoration in Israel

US Vice President Michael Pence shook hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Thursday as both are attending the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by the Red Army.

Pence spoke at the ceremony at Yad Vashem and on his way back from the podium briefly greeted Putin, who rose from his seat for a handshake.

Both leaders were seated in the front row, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara between them.

13:22 GMT 23.01.2020
Putin Says Nazi Crimes Against Jews Were Some of Most Shameful, Terrifying Episodes in Global History

"The crimes committed by the Nazis, their deliberate, planned, as they called it - 'the final solution to the Jewish question', dear colleagues, is one of the most tragic and shameful pages of the modern world history," Putin said at the World Holocaust Forum in Israel.

"And we all bear the responsibility to make sure that the terrible tragedies of the past war are never repeated, and that the future generations remember the horror of the Holocaust and the death camps, the siege of Leningrad," the Russian president stressed.

12:22 GMT 23.01.2020
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