Netanyahu Opens Holocaust Exhibition at Auschwitz

World | June 13, 2013, Thursday // 17:45|  views

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated on Thursday a revamped Holocaust exhibition at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp site in southern Poland, BBC reported.

The new display in Block 27 includes a 360-degree montage of the pre-war Jewish life, recreated drawings of some of the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered in the Holocaust, recorded survivor testimonies, massive volumes of books listing the names of some 4.2 million Jewish victims.

The block is being overseen by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust institute.

On Thursday, Netanyahu was taken around the exhibition at the former camp before making a speech at the opening ceremony, Yad Vashem reported on its Twitter account.

The original Jewish exhibition at Auschwitz dated back to the 1960s and had fallen into neglect, prompting the Israeli government to decide recently on a revamp.

An estimated 1.1 million Jews, together with some 200,000 people of other ethnicities and backgrounds, died in Auschwitz and the adjacent Birkenau camp, in gas chambers or from starvation, disease and forced labour.

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