Leaders vow to learn from Holocaust, offer competing lessons

Britain's Prince Charles, left, and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin arrive for a tree planting ceremony at the presidential residence in Jerusalem, ahead of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. World leaders have gathered in Jerusalem to commemorate the Holocaust and the 75 anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp. (Debbie Hill, Pool via AP)

JERUSALEM (AP) - World leaders have denounced the rising threat of anti-Semitism and vowed never to forget the lessons of the Holocaust at a solemn ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

But each of the high-powered dignitaries tinged their speeches in Jerusalem with competing interpretations of World War II and its relevance today.

Their comments gave a politically charged feeling to the gathering.

More than 45 world leaders attended the World Holocaust Forum, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Prince Charles, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and German
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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