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2020.01.27 09:21

Lithuanian president to visit Auschwitz after skipping Jerusalem in solidarity with Poland

Saulius Jakučionis, BNS2020.01.27 09:21

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis are on Monday going to Auschwitz death camp in Poland.

In solidarity with his Polish counterpart, Lithuanian president chose to go to Auschwitz instead of attending the Yod Vashem event in Jerusalem.

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Polish President Andrzej Duda rejected the invitation to come to Jerusalem as he was denied the right to speak, contrary to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Duda later accused Putin of "consciously spreading historical lies".

Pranckietis went to Jerusalem instead of Nausėda.

Established by the Nazis in the territory of occupied Poland, Auschwitz was the largest concentration and death camp. Around 1.5 million people of different ethnicities were killed there in 1940-1945. The remaining prisoners were freed on January 27, 1945.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be commemorated in Lithuania as well, with the Jewish Community of Lithuania organising an event at its headquarters, and commemorations events will be held at Jewish massacre locations across the country.

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