STORY: Andrzej Duda said it was important to remember that those who died at the camp were equally Jewish and Polish.
He also thanked organizers for honoring victims of the war in Ukraine, saying it was difficult to believe that Russia, whose forces contributed to the defeat of the Nazi regime in World War Two, would attack its neighbor.
The ‘March of the Living’ brings people from around the world to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Holocaust.
This year, Ukrainian war refugees took part in the event, marching from the Birkenau camp to the adjoining Auschwitz.
One survivor of the Holocaust, 96-year-old Edward Mosberg, said he was sorry for the victims of the war in Ukraine but refused to compare current events to the Nazi campaign against the Jewish people.