Polish, Israeli presidents march together at Auschwitz



OSWIECIM, Poland (Reuters) - The presidents of Poland and Israel marched together at the Auschwitz concentration camp on Thursday, putting aside their differences over a new law that makes it a crime to suggest there was any Polish complicity in the Holocaust.

Poland’s Andrzej Duda and Israel’s Reuven Rivlin joined some 15,000 people - mostly young Jews from around the world and some camp survivors - in a 3-km (2-mile) walk from the infamous “Arbeit macht frei” (“work sets you free”) gate to the site of the gas chambers.

The show of unity on International Holocaust Remembrance Day may help soothe diplomatic tensions caused by the law which the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party says is needed to defend Polish honor, but which Israel said could criminalize research into the role some Poles played in the war crimes.

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