Young Jews participate in Auschwitz memorial march

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Participants from Israel carry an Israel flag as they attend the 'March of the Living' from the former German Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on Monday, April 28, 2014, in memory of some 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. This year, the march honors some 430,000 Hungarian Jews killed in Birkenau gas chambers in 1944. ( AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Participants from Israel carry an Israel flag as they attend the ‘March of the Living’ from the former German Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on Monday, April 28, 2014, in memory of some 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. This year, the march honors some 430,000 Hungarian Jews killed in Birkenau gas chambers in 1944. ( AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Some 10,000 young Jews from Israel and around the world marched on Monday between the two parts of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp in Poland in memory of Holocaust victims, notably some 430,000 Hungarian Jews who perished there.

The silent annual march began when the shofar, a ram’s horn used for Jewish religious purposes , sounded by the former camp’s notorious “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Makes You Free) gate.

Young Jewish people from Israel and other countries march in silence between the two parts of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi German death camp, in an annual march of the living in Oswiecim, Poland, on Monday, April 28, 2014, which is held in memory of some 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Young Jewish people from Israel and other countries march in silence between the two parts of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi German death camp, in an annual march of the living in Oswiecim, Poland, on Monday, April 28, 2014, which is held in memory of some 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

With Israeli white and blue flags and dressed in blue rain jackets, the participants walked three kilometers (two miles) in drizzle from the gate to a stone memorial in Birkenau, to hear an address by Hungary’s President Janos Ader in memory of the victims. They were accompanied by some survivors, Israeli ambassador to Poland Zvi Rav-Ner, former rabbi of Tel Aviv, Israel Meir Lau, and by Polish youths.

In Auschwitz, they visited the red brick blocks that house the victims’ shoes, suitcases, glasses and hair, in an overpowering testimony to Nazi crimes.

Former chief rabbi of Tel-Aviv, Israel Meir Lau, left, talks with Hungary’s President Janos Ader  prior the ceremonies at the memorial to the 6 million Holocaust victims held in Oswiecim, Poland, on Monday, April 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Former chief rabbi of Tel-Aviv, Israel Meir Lau, left, talks with Hungary’s President Janos Ader prior the ceremonies at the memorial to the 6 million Holocaust victims held in Oswiecim, Poland, on Monday, April 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

In 1944, some 430,000 Jews were brought to the concentration camp by train from Hungary. Most were immediately put to death in the gas chambers, while the others shared the fate of all of the camp’s inmates: forced labor, hunger and disease that most often led to death.

During World War II, the Nazis killed some 1.1 million people at the camp, mostly Jews but also Russians, Roma, Poles and other nationals.

The march began in 1988 as a biennial event, but was soon staged yearly.

So far, almost 200,000 Jewish youths have taken part in the march, according to the International March of the Living organizers, who intend it to be an element of education for new generations.

Young Jewish people from Israel and other countries march in silence between the two parts of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi German death camp, in an annual march of the living in Oswiecim, Poland, on Monday, April 28, 2014, which is held in memory of some 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Young Jewish people from Israel and other countries march in silence between the two parts of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi German death camp, in an annual march of the living in Oswiecim, Poland, on Monday, April 28, 2014, which is held in memory of some 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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