OSWIECIM, Poland – Israel's prime minister has inaugurated a new pavilion at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz to educate visitors about the Holocaust and Nazi Germany's quest to exterminate Jews.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took part in a ceremony Thursday at Block 27, a former prisoner block that has been turned into an exhibit presenting Auschwitz in the larger context of the World War II genocide. More than 1.1 million of the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust died in Auschwitz and the adjacent Birkenau death camp.
The exhibition was curated by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. It aims to provide the backdrop of the Holocaust, the Nazi ideology for murder and the physical and spiritual struggle of its victims. It includes survivor testimonies and victims' names.