70 Years Later: YouTube LiveStreaming Auschwitz Commemoration Ceremony

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A stand perched in front of the notorious Death Gate (pictured above), a large archway through which many Jews passed and did not return, is the setting for a Commemorative Ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp by Soviet troops.

And you can watch the livestream on YouTube.

The video, which is running now, is already an emotional affair. String instruments play and solemn people wander the grounds of the most infamous death camp during World War II. An estimated 1 million Jews were executed at Auschwitz alone. Now, 70 years later, on the anniversary of the liberation, Google has collaborated with the ceremony organizers to broadcast the commemoration and make it an event the world can share in.

Steven Spielberg, a major advocate for Holocaust remembrance, who won the Best Picture Oscar for his film Schindler’s List, has also set up an online film detailing 70 different stories of Auschwitz prisoners, that, while separate from the commemoration, can provide a chilling insight into the evil that occurred in this Polish-based camp not so long ago.

The official livestream begins at 6:30 pm PST today.


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