PM marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has marked International Holocaust Remembrance day by saying the memory of the Holocaust’s victims is an important part of the Polish identity.

The prime minister made his statement as millions of people around the world commemorated the victims of the Holocaust on January 27.

"When Poland regained independence in 1918 after 123 years, no one thought that the German Nazis would build the most frightening death machine in the world's history - the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp - on its territory,” Morawiecki wrote on Twitter. “The memory of its victims is an important part of our identity."

The UN decreed January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day on November 1 2005. The date marks the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Nazi Germany’s most infamous death camp, by Soviet forces.

The camp was the main site of the Holocaust. Between 2.6 and 3.3 million of the nearly 6 million Holocaust victims were Polish Jews.