70th Anniversary Liberation Auschwitz Held Amid Controversy


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

AuschwitznowOSWIECIM, POLAND (BosNewsLife)-- Government leaders and survivors are among those marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet forces of Nazi-death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in ceremonies overshadowed by new concerns over rising anti-Semitism in Europe, and a row between Poland and Russia. Tuesday's event in Poland was expected to be the last big anniversary in which remaining elderly survivors would be able to come and pay their respects at the former camp, which became a symbol of the Holocaust.

Former Auschwitz Camp Attracts Record Number Of Visitors


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Slice_01WARSAW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A record number of more than 1.5 million people have visited the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland last year, officials say. The announcement comes ahead of commemorations marking the liberation of what became a symbol of the Holocaust.

NEWS WATCH: Germany Marks Deadly ‘Kristallnacht’ Amid Concerns

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

kristalBERLIN, GERMANY (BosNewsLife)-- Germans, including church leaders, have marked the 75th anniversary of deadly attacks against Jewish properties, known as the Kristallnacht, and the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The commemorations, which were also observed in other European cities, come at a time of concern about a new wave of antisemitism in Europe.

NEWS WATCH: UN Tribunal For Ex-Yugoslavia Marks 20th Anniversary Amid Controversy

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king willem-alexanderBy Stefan J. Bos, Chief Internatonal Correspondent BosNewsLife

THE HAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has marked its 20th anniversary on Monday, amid concern about the future of some cases. Dutch King Willem-Alexander was among those invited to commemorate the occasion at a time when the United Nations court is under pressure to end its operations.