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A trip to Auschwitz: The survivors are disappearing
AUSCHWITZ (Poland) - Sadiq Khan holding her hand, you should fold on her: Renee Salt speaks a very low voice. Born in 1929, in poland, deported to Auschwitz in 1944, when he was 15 years old, is visibly upset. But his whispers are shouts. "I don't know how we could survive." Khan stops for a moment: the mayor of London came from here in order to show them the plaque of donors to the Foundation Auschwitz. "London" has just been added to the list: has just allocated 300 thousand pounds. Italy, to say, has donated a million. The Germany one hundred and twenty.

Khan and fold it back on her: "there are the facts and the numbers, but they are abstract", he replies, "Are the stories that matter, that are important. When you speak, people listen." Again a whisper: "Really?", really?

Renee Salt has married a british soldier after the war and moved to London. He has dedicated the last twenty years to tell his story in schools. At 90 years old is still forced to denounce a "return to the strong anti-semitism", as he did on Sunday, on the eve of the ceremony in Auschwitz.

The most powerful message of the 75th anniversary, it is this: the survivors are gradually disappearing, in the last five years, he died half. And the two hundred who have come here should be the protagonists of what could be one of the last or maybe the last anniversary with the victims of the Holocaust. Instead, on the eve of the celebrations has been stained with a dull duel between the Russian president Vladimir Putin and the Polish Andrzej Duda. The latter has boycotted the celebrations at the Yed Vashem, last Thursday, because Putin spoke (lUrss was one of the four victorious powers of the Second world war) and he was not. Putin, for his part, has deserted the ceremony today. And it must be remembered just that Auschwitz was liberated by the red Army.

The ceremony began this morning with a walk for the silent eighty survivors of the Polish to the so-called 'wall of death', one of the shootings, accompanied by president of the Polish Duda.

In the afternoon, are planned at Birkenau, three kilometers from the original camp of Auschwitz, the huge area designated for the extermination on an industrial scale, the heads of State and government and representatives of about 60 Countries, including the president of the Republic of German Steinmeier, the French premier Philippe, israeli president Rivlin, and the kings of Spain, Holland, Belgium, and the presidents of Switzerland and Austria, Sommaruga and van Berllen, the Greek prime minister Mitsotakis and the Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin. Italy will be represented by the viceministra Serene. Be the first to speak, at 15.30, will be the Polish Duda, then it will be the turn of four of the survivors who tell their stories. Not to forget.

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