Ambassador to represent Russia at Auschwitz commemoration

Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergei Andreev will head the Russian delegation at January 27 commemorations of the liberation of the Nazi-German death camp of Auschwitz in southern Poland. The camp was liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945.

Expected at the commemorations are delegations for 24 countries, including state leaders and royalty. Also present will be a group of about 200 Auschwitz survivors.

The ceremony will be hosted by Polish President Andrzej Duda, who will deliver the opening address.

The Germans established the Auschwitz camp in 1940, initially for the imprisonment of Poles. Auschwitz II-Birkenau was opened two years later and became the main site for the mass extermination of Jews. There was also a network of sub-camps in the complex. The Germans killed at least 1.1 million people at Auschwitz, mainly Jews, but also Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war.

In 1947 the camp was declared a national memorial site.