Pope kisses hand of Auschwitz survivor


Pope Francis kissed the tattoo of an Auschwitz survivor throughout a common viewers on Wednesday.

Lidia Maksymowicz, a Polish citizen who was deported to Auschwitz from her native Belarus by the age of three, confirmed the pope the quantity tattooed on her arm by the Nazis, and Francis leaned over and kissed it.

Maksymowicz instructed Vatican Information that she did not change phrases with the pope.

“We understood one another with a look,” she stated.

Pope Francis talks with Lidia Maksymowicz, a Holocaust survivor, who was a prisoner within the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp earlier than leaving San Damaso Courtyard on the Vatican for his weekly common viewers, Wednesday, Might 26, 2021. (AP Photograph/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Maksymowicz has participated in occasions sponsored by Sant’Egidio geared toward educating youth concerning the Holocaust. She spent three years within the youngsters’s space of the camp and was subjected to experiences by Josef Mengele, generally known as the “Angel of Loss of life.” When the camp was freed, she was taken in by a Polish household.

The pope has paid tribute to Holocaust survivors prior to now, together with a 2014 go to to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel and a go to in February to the Rome condo of a survivor, 88-year-old Hungarian-born author and poet Edith Bruck.

The Vatican stated that in the course of the hour-long go to, Francis instructed her: “I got here to thanks on your witness and to pay homage to the individuals martyred by the craziness of Nazi populism.”

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“And with sincerity I repeat the phrases I pronounced from my coronary heart at Yad Vashem, and that I repeat in entrance of each one that, such as you, suffered a lot due to this: ‘Forgive, Lord, within the title of humanity,’” the pontiff instructed Bruck, in accordance with the Vatican’s account of the non-public assembly.

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