Parliament commemorates 75th liberation anniversary of Auschwitz

The resolution paid tribute to all the victims of "one of the greatest crimes in human history." Marcin Obara/PAP

Poland's Sejm (lower house of parliament) adopted a resolution on Thursday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz Nazi German concentration and extermination camp's liberation and marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The resolution paid tribute to all the victims of "one of the greatest crimes in human history," and recognised the duty of reminding future generations of what fate people had meted out on other people "when anti-Semitism, racist and nationalist prejudices and political hate" were in the ascendancy.

The resolution went on to honour the heroes who fought against the German Third Reich and "above all warn against indifference and passivity in the face of manifestations of hatred summoned by racism and anti-Semitism."

"Let the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau be a warning to us all," it said.

The International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust was established in November 2005 by the UN general assembly. Its date was chosen to mark the anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation by the Red Army on January 27, 1945.