Anti-Semitism remains "violent reality"

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland in 2013, where millions of Jews and members of other minorities perished during the Second World War. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Anti-Semitism remains a violent reality, the UN Secretary-General warned during a ceremony in memory of the Holocaust victims.

The International Day of Commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust also marks the liberation of the Aushwitz Birkenau death camp at the end of the Second World war.

Over a million people were killed in the camp, the majority Jewish.

Stephanie Castro has the story.

In remarks delivered during the memorial ceremony, Ban Ki-moon recalled his visit to the now defunct Nazi extermination camp in November 2013.

He saw the barracks where people were held and the ovens that "turned people to ashes".

The UN Chief deplored that Jews continue to be killed solely because they are Jews.

"Extremism and dehumanization are present across the world, exploited through social media and abetted by sensationalist press coverage. The targets are as diverse as humankind itself. In Europe and elsewhere, Muslims are under attack, the victims of bigotry at the hands of political opportunists and ultra-nationalists. Vulnerable communities continue to bury their dead while living in fear of further violence."

This year’s observance coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Second World War’s end and the founding of the United Nations.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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