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Dzurinda expresses regret over Holocaust

COMMEMORATING the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, Slovak Prime Minister (PM) Mikuláš Dzurinda expressed deep regrets over the fate of those who lost their lives, homes, relatives or friends during the horrors of World War II.

"I believe that this sad memory will be a memento for future generations," Dzurinda said.

The PM considers it important to fight against all forms of limiting and denying freedom. Auschwitz and its liberation will remain one of the greatest symbols of this fight, he said.

On January 27, 1945, soldiers of the First Ukrainian Front of the Soviet Red Army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps, where some 1.5 million people perished, about 90 percent of them Jewish.

According to Dzurinda, Auschwitz has become synonymous with Nazi cruelty and violence and the suffering and death of innocent victims, the TASR news agency reported.

The Prime Minister's words are especially poignant in that the Nazi puppet regime that led Slovakia at that time was responsible for sending more than 60,000 Slovak Jews to Nazi death camps.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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