World leaders and survivors of the Nazi Holocaust are gathering in Poland today (Thursday) at the site of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops.
Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will attend the ceremony, with his counterparts Vladimir Putin of Russia, Jacques Chirac of France and Moshe Katsav of Israel as well as U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney and several other foreign dignitaries.
Speaking at a forum in Krakow before Thursday's ceremony, President Putin condemned what he called continuing manifestations of anti-Semitism and xenophobia worldwide, including in his own country.
More than one-million people, most of them Jews, died at the camp.
Death camp survivors and remembrance groups say it is important to teach younger generations about the Holocaust because of anti-semitism worldwide.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.