June 13 - Israel's prime minister opens exhibition at the Auschwitz museum, saying Israel can now defend Jews from those who wish to ''annihilate'' them. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened a new permanent Holocaust exhibition at the Auschwitz Museum, site of the World War II Nazi death camp, on Thursday. The display located in prisoner Block 27 is titled "Shoah" and reflects a broader context of the Nazi attempt to wipe out Europe's Jewish population. It was curated, designed and built by the Yad Vashem institute, in coordination with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. At a ceremony marking the new exhibition, Netanyahu warned against threats to Israel from other nations. "From here, Auschwitz Birkenau, the place that attests to the desire to annihilate our people, I the prime minister of Israel, the state of the Jewish people, say to all the nations of the world: The state of Israel will do all it takes to prevent another Holocaust. Because still today there are those who declare their intention to annihilate millions of Jews and erase their state off the face of the earth." he said. "But today, we have an independent state and a strong army which enable us to protect our people and stop such criminal intentions. The capability and the willingness to defend ourselves make all the difference between our situation then and our situation today," Netanyahu added. As many as 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, perished in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp between 1940 and 1945, either in the gas chambers or from freezing temperatures, starvation, sickness, medical tests and forced labor.