Cheney: Evil lost WWII (NEW YORK DAILYNEWS) BY ELLEN TUMPOSKY KRAKOW, Poland 01/27/05)
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KRAKOW, Poland - Vice President Cheney told a gathering of Auschwitz
survivors yesterday that their presence proved "that evil did not
have the final say."
"Today, many Holocaust survivors have children and grandchildren and
great-grandchildren," Cheney said. "That, I believe, is the greatest
victory of all. You survived terror. You have let the world know the
truth and you have preserved the memory of those who perished."
Cheney was among the world leaders and Holocaust survivors who
gathered in Poland yesterday to prepare to mark the 60th anniversary
of the liberation of Auschwitz.
This year´s commemoration is especially significant because so many
ofthe elderly survivors might not be alive for the next major
anniversary, said Rabbi Israel Singer, a New Yorker who is chairman
of the World Jewish Congress.
"People realize this is a late date in the age of the survivors,"
said Singer. He said it was crucial to rebut Holocaust deniers
through the testimonies of those who lived through the nightmare of
"We need to reestablish the fact of the veracity of the Holocaust
with the authoritative witness given by people who are still alive,"
Auschwitz, where 1.5 million prisoners died - about a million of them
Jews - was liberated by Soviet forces on Jan. 27, 1945.
"We can give living testimony ... to let the world know, to try to
get them to learn even though they don´t, so that it doesn´t happen
again," said Trudy Spira, 72, of Venezuela.
She was sent to Auschwitz with her family as an 11-year-old from
Slovakia in 1944.
Romanian-born Auschwitz survivor Olly Ritterband of Copenhagen said
she came for her father, who died at the Dachau concentration camp in
"For more than 30 years, I couldn´t speak about the Holocaust," said
Ritterband, 80, who lost 70 relatives in the Holocaust. "This is the
Kaddish for my father," she said, referring to the Jewish prayer for
the dead. (© 2005 Daily News, L.P. 01/27/05)
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