Wednesday, 29 January 2020, Berlin, Germany: On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the German Bundestag -Federal Parliament- commemorated the victims of National Socialism during a special ceremony.
Commemorative allocutions were delivered by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin.
After Bundestag Speaker, Wolfgang Schäuble opened the hour of remembrance, compositions by the Polish-French composer and Auschwitz survivor, Szymon Laks, were performed with texts by the Polish author Mieczysław Jastrun and the Polish musician and Holocaust survivor, Ludwik Żuk-Skarszewski.
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On the image: From left to right
1st row: US Deputy Head of Mission, Robin Quinville; Czech Ambassador Tomáš Podivínský; Russian Ambassador, Sergej Netschajew; Israeli Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff; Apostolic Nuntio, ArchbishopDr. Nikola Eterović; Polish Ambassador,Prof. Dr. Andrzej Przyłębski; French Ambassador Anne-Marie Descôtes; British Ambassador Sir Sebastian Wood.
2nd row: Norwegien Ambassador, Petter Ølberg; Deputy Head of Mission – Embassy of Sweden, Johan Frisell; Ambassador of Belarus, Denis Sidorenko; Irish Ambassador, Dr Nicholas O’Brien; Estonian AmbassadorAlar Streimann; North Macedonian Ambassador, Ramadan Nazifi; Turkish Ambassador, Ali Kemal Aydin; Kuwaiti Ambassador, Najeeb Al Bader; Israeli Ambassadress, Laura Kram.
3rd row: Cypriot Ambassador, Andreas Hadjichrysanthou; Hellenic Ambassador, Theodoros Daskarolis; Canadian Ambassador, Stéphane Dion; Australian Ambassador, Lynette Wood; Costa Rican Ambassador,Lydia Peralta Cordero; Salvadorean Ambassador, Florencia Vilanova de von Oehsen.
4th row: Bangladeshi Ambassador, Imtiaz Ahmed; Spanish Ambassador Ricardo Martínez Vázquez; Peruvian Ambassador Elmer Schialer; Bulgarian Ambassador, Elena Shekerletova; Slovak Ambassador, Marián Jakubócy; Argentinian Ambassador, Pedro Villagra Delgado.
5th row: Georgian Ambassador, Dr. Elguja Khokrishvili; Icelandic Ambassador María Erla Marelsdóttir; Egyptian Ambassador, Khaled Abdelhamid; Lithuanian Ambassador, Darius Semaška; Bosnian and Herzegovinan Ambassador, Jadranka Winbow.
6th row: Austrian Ambassador Dr. Peter Huber.
Picture by Embassy of Poland to Germany.