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Ashton candidate pays her respects at Auschwitz.
Tuesday 17th February 2015 @ 18:22 by Anna Fletcher
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Angela Rayner, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Ashton, visited Auschwitz to honour the dead ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi genocide camp. It is estimated that 1.3 million people were killed at the Auschiwitz-Birkenau camp, 90 per cent of whom were Jewish.

Angela visited the camp as part of a North-West Unison study tour.

She had visited previously in 2003.

Angela said: “The scale of the camp — chosen because of its location at the centre of German-occupied Europe — is breathtaking, and the inhumanity of the conditions in which prisoners were detained is palpable when visiting the preserved camp buildings.

“I was profoundly moved by the conditions of the brick barracks in which children and women were incarcerated.

“Built on swampy ground without foundations, women slept on overcrowded three-tier berths spread over with rotting straw.

“Sanitary conditions were unspeak-
able.”

She added: “There is no better way to understand the true nature of the nazi genocide than to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, and no better way to honour its victims, at a time when the far right is a growing political force across Europe, than stepping up our fight against fascism and racism in all of its forms.”