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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The seven-decade journey from Auschwitz to justice for the Rohingya


MACLEANS
by Terry Glavin
Jan 27, 2020


The world’s ‘never again’ vow on genocide became a cliché of broken promises. But a recent decision at the International Court of Justice could be a turning point
Left to right: Yasmin Ullah, a Canadian Rohingya activist; with Hamida Khatun, Hasina Begum, Yousuf Ali (Rohingya refugees); and Payam Akhavan, a McGill University law professor. The photo was taken just before Akhavan presented the case (Photo: Payam Akhavan) 
 

On Jan. 27, 1945, a scouting party from a column of Soviet Red Army soldiers who were marching through Poland on their way to Krakow happened upon a strange, half-destroyed industrial complex just outside the town of Oświęcim, better known as Auschwitz. There were corpse heaps, and great mounds of ash, and from behind barbed wire fences roughly 7,000 Jews, reduced to human skeletons, staggered towards them.

At Auschwitz, Holocaust Survivors Plead ‘Never Forget’

The New Yourk Times
Published Jan. 27, 2020
Updated   Jan. 28, 2020 

Organizers sought to put a spotlight on the stories of survivors, as this may be the last time that such a large number will be able to gather in one place.

Holocaust survivors at the Auschwitz concentration camp during ceremonies on Monday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the camp’s liberation.Credit...Janek Skarzynski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, Poland — They wore scarves emblazoned with their prisoner numbers, the same ones tattooed on their arms. Many were frail, walking only with the support of friends or relatives

And as they slowly made their way, one by one, to what had been the wall of death, where thousands of prisoners were lined up for summary execution, it was a vivid reminder that before long the last eyewitnesses to the crimes that took place in Auschwitz will be gone.