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Holocaust survivors reunite with World War II veterans at US Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC

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    This Thursday, April 25, 2013 photo shows an armband with the Star of David and a badge for a forced laborer in Germany at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum during a preview of the new exhibit "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust" in Washington. The exhibition, opening April 30, 2013, includes interviews with perpetrators of collaboration and complicity in the Nazi genocide. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, April 25, 2013 photo, museum curator Susan Bachrach discusses a group of photographs showing a local Ukrainian auxiliary policeman killing a Jewish woman and child in 1941, during a preview of the new exhibit "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust" at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington. The exhibition opens April 30, 2013, and is about collaboration and complicity in the Nazi genocide, including interviews with some perpetrators. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, April 25, 2013 photo, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum curator Susan Bachrach points out a 1942 photo of Ukrainian auxiliary police killing Jewish women under the supervision of German army personnel and in the presence of Hungarian troops during a preview of the new exhibit "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust" in Washington. The exhibition, opening April 30, 2013, includes interviews with perpetrators of collaboration and complicity in the Nazi genocide. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (The Associated Press)

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    This Thursday, April 25, 2013 photo shows a preview of the new exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, titled "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust" in Washington. The exhibition, opening April 30, 2013, includes interviews with perpetrators of collaboration and complicity in the Nazi genocide. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, April 25, 2013 photo, video and imagery are seen during a preview of the new exhibit "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust" at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The exhibition, opening April 30, 2013, includes interviews with perpetrators of collaboration and complicity in the Nazi genocide. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (The Associated Press)

Elderly survivors of the Holocaust and the veterans who helped liberate them are gathering for what could be their last big reunion at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

One thousand survivors and World War II vets are coming together with former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust activist Elie Wiesel on Monday as the museum marks its 20th anniversary. Organizers chose not to wait for the 25th milestone because many survivors and vets may not be alive in another five years.

Clinton remarked that Washington has many monuments and memorials, "but the Holocaust memorial will be our conscience."

The museum is also launching a campaign to raise $540 million by 2018 to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and to combat anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and contemporary genocide.

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