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April 26, 2006
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Thousands of people marched from Auschwitz to Birkenau to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. Participants in the March of the Living, which runs two miles from the former Auschwitz concentration camp to the death camp at nearby Birkenau, in Poland, were being led by Israeli statesman Shimon Peres. More than 1 million people, largely Jews, died in these camps during World War II. The names of children who died at the camps were read aloud just before the march, which included some 8,000 participants. Since 1988, the march has brought Jewish teenagers to Poland on Holocaust Remembrance Day, followed quickly by a trip to Israel to mark Israeli Memorial Day and Independence Day.

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