Holocaust memorial train completes voyage

May 9, 2008 at 4:12 PM
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OSWIECIM, Poland, May 9 (UPI) -- A German Holocaust memorial train has ended its six-month voyage with a final stop at the former Auschwitz death camp in Poland.

Organizers of the memorial, which was viewed by more than 225,000 people, said its final arrival at the former Nazi death camp, where 1.1 million people were killed between 1941 and 1945, was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the May 8, 1945, end of World War II in Europe, Deutsche Welle reported Friday.

The exhibit focused on the biographies of several children and teenagers deported by Germany's Nazi regime from October 1940 to December 1944.

"It's not easy to confront ourselves because we are not the victims but we are the sons and daughters of the perpetrators," organizer Hans Minow told Deutsche Welle. "We say this knowing that perhaps our fathers and mothers -- if not participated -- did not do what they had to do when the crimes started."

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