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Dispute Over Auschwitz Ceremony Resolved

Thu., Jan. 19, 1995

After months of bickering over the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a resolution has been reached: A rabbi will say prayers during the main commemorative ceremony.

Jewish groups had long complained about what they consider bungled Polish government planning of the event - especially plans to delay the Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for the dead, until after dignitaries leave the main ceremony.

In a revised program for the Jan. 27 ceremony at the AuschwitzBirkenau extermination camp, separate prayers will now be said by representatives of six religions: Jewish, Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Calvinist and Muslim.

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