Putin upbeat on Israeli woman jailed in Russian Federation

Soldiers of the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz Birkenau German death camp 75 years ago

Follow FRANCE 24's special coverage as world leaders and Holocaust survivors were set Thursday to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, the World War II death camp where the Nazis killed more than 1.1 million people, a lot of them Jews.

Putin, among dozens of world leaders in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, met Yaffa Issachar on the sideline of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his official Jerusalem residence.

Around 40 world leaders, on Wednesday, arrived in Jerusalem for the fifth World Holocaust Forum scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Given that Auschwitz was located in Nazi-occupied Poland, and that more Polish Jews were killed in the Holocaust than Jews from any other nation, Duda felt he should be speaking. It was revealed that the Patriarch had passed a letter from Yafa to Putin and the president agreed to sit down with her during his visit to Israel for a Holocaust memorial event this week.

"I wish I could say that we Germans have learned from history once and for all".

Netanyahu has long accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, an allegation it denies.

Warning of the "dark shadow of anti-Semitism", Macron met French survivors of the Holocaust at a memorial near Jerusalem to some 76,000 Jews arrested in France during the Second World War and transported to death camps such as Auschwitz, where most died.

The heir to the throne will give a speech at the World Holocaust Forum - the largest worldwide event in Israel's history - where around 40 world leaders are due to attend, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and France's President Emmanuel Macron.

A global survey by the USA -based Anti-Defamation League in November found that global anti-Semitic attitudes had increased, and significantly so in Eastern and Central Europe.

In his keynote speech at the World Holocaust Forum, the Prince of Wales is set to highlight how inflammatory words could lead again to the "dehumanisation" of groups of people.

"We must be prepared to confront and expose the vile tide of anti-Semitism that is fuelling hate and violence all across the world and we must stand together", Pence told the audience of world leaders.

Russia's parliament has approved a package of constitutional amendments in a first reading Thursday, in a move widely seen as an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to stay in on power past the end of his term in 2024.

Other gestures could include easing restrictions on Russian tourism, reducing Israel's air strikes in Syria and perhaps the release of unnamed prisoners being held in Israeli jails. An estimated 1,300 survivors of the 872-day siege now live in Israel.

Poland will host its own ceremony at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum on January 27, as it does every year.

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