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Old 01-27-2015, 05:18 AM
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Thank you for providing that list kbk.

About British/Windsor representation I can not add nothing, everything has been said about the topic ad nauseam. Let's say it is not surprising -at all.
Spain: since it was never involved in WWII it is not surprising that they do not send the highest representative.
I expected Angela Merkel there, she often atttends these events even though technically she is not the head-of-state. Mr. Gauck is the president, so...
Russia: nice indeed that the president stays in Moscow. He attends a ceremony in the Jewish museum.
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Old 01-27-2015, 08:38 AM
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Victoria Murphy @QueenVicMirror · 53m 53 minutes ago
Prince William has given a message to @JewishNewsUK saying we must never for get the "monstrous evil" of the Holocaust #HolocaustMemorialDay

EXCLUSIVE – Prince William: Keep Holocaust memory alive to create safer future-
http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/exclusiv...-safer-future/

The Queen's message on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-
http://www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsan...ftheliber.aspx
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The camp was liberated by the Red Army. The US and British Armies were in different places and liberated other camps.

Look at the D-Day anniversary where you had direct involvement of US, British and Canadian troops in the landings. You had the U.S. President and three sets of British Royals which included the Queen and her next 2 heirs plus their spouses.

It's the British government's decision of who they send. The Queen could recommend something but David Cameron doesn't have to listen. The US sent the Treasury Secretary- not even Biden or Kerry. Ms Obama could have even went because she is not going to Saudi Arabia (Kerry went with the Pres. to Saudi Arabia apparently)


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Old 01-27-2015, 10:40 AM
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Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg stand as Polish soldiers unveil a memorial plaque for Holocaust victims at the Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim (Auschwitz), Poland.
http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap...706700a319.jpg
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http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap...7067008bc2.jpg

Photo from the event
http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Re...NNIVERSARY.JPG

Philippe and Mathilde
http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Re...NNIVERSARY.JPG

Willem-Alexander, Maxima and president Gauck
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Old 01-27-2015, 10:48 AM
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Confirmed Royal Attendance:

T.M. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium
-- Prince Minister Charles Michel
H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
T.R.H. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg
-- Prime Minister Xavier Bettel
T.M. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands
-- Prime Minister Mark Rutte
H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
-- Prime Minister Erna Solberg
H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Who is representing the United States and the United Kingdom ?
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:13 AM
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The ceremony can now be followed on euronews:

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Photo Gallery from AFP, here.

The king and queen of the Belgians

The crown princess of Sweden

The hereditary grand ducal couple of Luxembourg
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:16 AM
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Live coverage on BBC BBC News - Auschwitz 70th anniversary: Survivors mark camp liberation
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:19 AM
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Who is representing the United States and the United Kingdom ?

The Foreign Secretary for the UK and the Treasury Secretary for the US


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Old 01-27-2015, 11:29 AM
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The camp was liberated by the Red Army. The US and British Armies were in different places and liberated other camps.

Look at the D-Day anniversary where you had direct involvement of US, British and Canadian troops in the landings. You had the U.S. President and three sets of British Royals which included the Queen and her next 2 heirs plus their spouses.

It's the British government's decision of who they send. The Queen could recommend something but David Cameron doesn't have to listen. The US sent the Treasury Secretary- not even Biden or Kerry. Ms Obama could have even went because she is not going to Saudi Arabia (Kerry went with the Pres. to Saudi Arabia apparently)
They managed to send a royal (the Earl of Wessex) ten years ago, for the 60th anniversary. However, IMO it is a much more important anniversary now than ten years ago because it is the last one observed in the presence of survivors and thus, eyewitnesses to this horror.
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Victoria Murphy @QueenVicMirror · 53m 53 minutes ago
Prince William has given a message to @JewishNewsUK saying we must never for get the "monstrous evil" of the Holocaust #HolocaustMemorialDay

EXCLUSIVE – Prince William: Keep Holocaust memory alive to create safer future-
EXCLUSIVE - Prince William: Keep Holocaust memory alive to create safer future - Jewish News

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Love this. I only wish he and the Duchess had gone.
And is it just me, or did HM's statement seem lacking in the emotion department?
I wish she had gone. I wish POTUS had gone.
Holocaust survivors, and those who were murdered- I remember you today.
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:46 AM
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Love this. I only wish he and the Duchess had gone.
I don't think that would have been their decision. Since no royal was there I think the government did not request/want a royal representative at this event.
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Willem-Alexander and Maxima
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Truly moving ceremony, especially the survivors' speeches are heart-breaking. The Polish Presidential couple is sitting between the Royal couples of Netherlands and Belgium.

Steven Spielberg is also present. They've just screened premiere of his short documentary film Auschwitz, narrated by Meryl Streep, with music composed by Hans Zimmer. A very informative and inspiring movie.

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Given the list of attendees, President Putin's absence is understandable. Most of EU representatives are just cabinet members and government ministers. I am surprised that the UK had a fit of generosity and dispatched Foreign Minister to the ceremony.
I don't quite understand what's your point.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia - 12 EU member countries are represented by theirs heads of state. Additionally, two more are represented by the heirs apparent to their thrones and one is represented by its Prime Minister. The other EU members are represented by less ranking officials, some of them being mere ambassadors, but mostly ministers of government.
I;ve just noticed that Israel is represented by its Minister of Culture. Shocking.
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Steven Spielberg is also present. They've just screened premiere of his short documentary film Auschwitz, narrated by Meryl Streep, with music composed by Hans Zimmer. A very informative and inspiring movie.
When does the movie come out on DVD/ what channels are airing it on TV?
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I don't quite understand what's your point.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia - 12 EU member countries are represented by theirs heads of state. Additionally, two more are represented by the heirs apparent to their thrones and one is represented by its Prime Minister. The other EU members are represented by less ranking officials, some of them being mere ambassadors, but mostly ministers of government.
I;ve just noticed that Israel is represented by its Minister of Culture. Shocking.
Finland is represented by the speaker of the Parliament, who is second in rank after our President. Prime minister is only third in rank in Finland.
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When does the movie come out on DVD/ what channels are airing it on TV?
I don't think it will be distributed on DVD/blue ray as it is a short subject and additionally, a non-profit project. Most probably youtube or sth.

It was screened there at Auschwitz memorial to the participants and was also simultaneously aired in the live TV coverage, so I'm pretty sure that every TV channel in the world televising the ceremony aired this premiere. I've watched this on BBC.
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Thanks. I'll look on the news channel on TV later. IMO, they should put it on DVD.
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Crown princess Victoria gave an interview to SVT (Swedish television), video
”En av mänsklighetens absolut värsta perioder” | SVT Play

Crown Princess Victoria: "Nazism is something horrific"
SVT reporter Rolf Fredriksson is in place at the memorial ceremony at Auschwitz and had a short interview with the Crown Princess, who traveled to the extermination camp with Holocaust survivors living in Sweden.
- It is extremely important for me to be here and it is important that this ceremony is held. To highlight the Holocaust, Auschwitz and the people who have been affected. We must not forget what we can learn from history. It is important that we gather here. That we remember and listen to the stories that exist and pass them on.
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Finland is represented by the speaker of the Parliament, who is second in rank after our President. Prime minister is only third in rank in Finland.
Yes, you are absolutely right! I've missed this.

One more correction:
I've just spotted the President of Lithuania, also an EU member state. She was not on that list I've posted before, as according to it her country was to be represented by its Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Given the list of attendees, President Putin's absence is understandable. Most of EU representatives are just cabinet members and government ministers. I am surprised that the UK had a fit of generosity and dispatched Foreign Minister to the ceremony.
So, there are 16 heads of state present, including 13 EU heads of state.
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