OSWIECIM, Poland – Thousands of youth from Israel and from other countries are marching in silence in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi Germany's death camp complex, to pay homage to 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.
Walking with the youths is Frank Lowy of Australia, a Holocaust survivor whose father perished in the camp. Israeli armed forces' chief of staff, Benny Gantz, is to make an address.
The 22nd march also honors the fighters of the Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis. April 19 will mark 70 years since they started their doomed struggle.
The annual 3-kilometer (2-mile) march traditionally starts from the Auschwitz main gate with its notorious Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Makes You Free) inscription.
The Nazis killed some 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, in Auschwitz-Birkenau.