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On 27 January 1945, about seven thousand prisoners awaited liberation in the main camp, in Auschwitz-Birkenau and Auschwitz-Monowitz.©BELGAIMAGE/AFP 

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that "Jews in Europe still fear for their safety today. That is something that must frighten us and we need to resist that fear”. Referring to last week’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine, police officers and a Jewish supermarket in Paris, he added that “We need to ensure that this hatred does not become contagious".


On 27 January 1945, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers. Established by the Nazis in 1940, it became the largest of the death camps. More than 1,100,000 people lost their lives there.

The full text of the President's statement is available at the following link

Procedure: Statement by the President