Thousands of young Jews walk at Auschwitz site in memory of Holocaust victims, Hungary's Jews

Thousands of young Jews from around the world are marching 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 were murdered.

The silent annual march began Monday when the shofar, a ram's horn, sounded by the former camp's notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Makes You Free) gate.

With Israeli flags and dressed in blue rain jackets, the participants are walking a 3-kilometer (2- mile) distance from the gate to a memorial in Birkenau, where Hungary's President Janos Ader is to make a speech to honor the victims.

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.