Grand Ducal family to honour Nazi persecution victims
(CS) Luxembourg's Grand Ducal couple, as well as Prince Guillaume and Princess Stéphanie, are set to travel to Poland later this month to mark the 70th anniversaries of the liberation of Auschwitz and a prison massacre in Slonsk.
Guillaume and Stéphanie will attend a ceremony on January 27 to remember the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945, travelling to Poland together with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.
More than 230 Jews deported to Auschwitz from Luxembourg died at the camp. Another 31 Luxembourg residents who were not Jewish were deported to the concentration camp during WW2, a third of which were killed.
Two days later, on January 30, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will travel to Slonsk, also in Poland, where 91 young Luxembourgers were killed in an SS massacre in 1945.
The Grand Ducal couple will be joined by Luxembourg's Premier for the ceremony.
In December, the Grand Duke welcomed a group of US veterans, who had fought in the Battle of the Bulge 70 years ago, to the palace. A ceremony in Hamm to remember the fallen was only one of many remembrance events held throughout the country to mark the liberation of Luxembourg in 1944 and the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, which would see Nazi troops return to parts of the Grand Duchy.
For a photo montage of towns and villages in present day and during the war, click here.