The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Elderly survivors were gathering Saturday at the former Auschwitz death camp and political leaders warned that the Nazi genocide must continue to serve as a warning as the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In Warsaw, Poland, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid his respects in a solemn ceremony at a memorial to the Jews who died revolting against German forces in the doomed Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

Tillerson trailed two uniformed Polish military officers and readjusted a wreath underneath the monument, a hulking structure located in what was once the Warsaw Ghetto.

The head of Warsaw’s Jewish community read a prayer and Tillerson made brief remarks about the importance of not forgetting the horrors of the Holocaust.

“On this occasion it reminds us that we can never, we can never, be indifferent to the face of evil,” Tillerson said.

“The western alliance which emerged from World War II has committed itself to the assuring the security of all, that this would never happen again,” he said. “As we mark this day in solemn remembrance, let us repeat the words of our own commitment: Never again. Never again.”

His words came amid signs in Europe and beyond that ultra-nationalism and extreme right-wing groups are on the rise. (AP)

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<p>Holocaust survivors commemorate the people killed by the Nazis at the former Auschwitz Germany Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust survivors commemorate the people killed by the Nazis at the former Auschwitz Germany Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

<p>A candle is lit at a ceremony marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

A candle is lit at a ceremony marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP)

<p>Survivors and guests walk past the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate at the former Nazi German concentration camp on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Oswiecim, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Survivors and guests walk past the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate at the former Nazi German concentration camp on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Oswiecim, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

<p>Representatives of various religious congregations are seen prior to the prayer and tribute service at the Monument to the Victims at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau, during the ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, near Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Representatives of various religious congregations are seen prior to the prayer and tribute service at the Monument to the Victims at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau, during the ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, near Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

<p>Lithuanian Jews light candles during a commemoration ceremony on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in the Synagogue in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Lithuanian Jews light candles during a commemoration ceremony on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in the Synagogue in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP)

<p>Former Nazi concentration camp survivor Raymond Renaud of France, center, holds a white rose during the wreath-laying ceremony on occasion of the international Holocaust remembrance day (Jan. 27) in the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Jens Meyer/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Former Nazi concentration camp survivor Raymond Renaud of France, center, holds a white rose during the wreath-laying ceremony on occasion of the international Holocaust remembrance day (Jan. 27) in the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Jens Meyer/AP)

<p>Members of the Minsk, Belarus Jewish community light candles at the Minsk Ghetto Victims Memorial in a former Jewish cemetery on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Viktor Drachev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Members of the Minsk, Belarus Jewish community light candles at the Minsk Ghetto Victims Memorial in a former Jewish cemetery on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Viktor Drachev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A man kneels besides a plain metal plaque after a wreath-laying ceremony on occasion of the international Holocaust remembrance day in the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Jens Meyer/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

A man kneels besides a plain metal plaque after a wreath-laying ceremony on occasion of the international Holocaust remembrance day in the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Jens Meyer/AP)

<p>Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo lights a candle at the International Monument to the Victims of Fascism, after a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo lights a candle at the International Monument to the Victims of Fascism, after a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

<p>A man prays at the Victims’ Memorial Wall bearing names of victims during a commemoration marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, on the eve of the actual day.(Photo: Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

A man prays at the Victims’ Memorial Wall bearing names of victims during a commemoration marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, on the eve of the actual day.(Photo: Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP)

<p>A woman holds her hand on a plain metal plaque during a wreath-laying ceremony on occasion of the international Holocaust remembrance day in the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Jens Meyer/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

A woman holds her hand on a plain metal plaque during a wreath-laying ceremony on occasion of the international Holocaust remembrance day in the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Jens Meyer/AP)

<p>Activist commemorate victims at the ‘Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime’ in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 27, 2018, during International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Photo: Till Rimmele/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9336408a) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Activist commemorate victims at the ‘Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime’ in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 27, 2018, during International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Photo: Till Rimmele/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9336408a)

<p>Auschwitz survivors remember those killed by Nazi Germany at the execution wall of the former Auschwitz death camp on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Oswiecim, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Auschwitz survivors remember those killed by Nazi Germany at the execution wall of the former Auschwitz death camp on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Oswiecim, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

<p>Survivors and guests walk past the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, during the ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, in Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Survivors and guests walk past the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, during the ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, in Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

<p>Survivors and guests walk inside the barbed wire fences at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, during the ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, in Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Survivors and guests walk inside the barbed wire fences at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, during the ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, in Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

<p>Members of the guard of honour of the Serbian army prepare for the memorial service for the victims of the Holocaust at the monument of victims of World War II Nazi concentration camp Sajmiste, in Belgrade, Serbia, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Andrej Cukic/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Members of the guard of honour of the Serbian army prepare for the memorial service for the victims of the Holocaust at the monument of victims of World War II Nazi concentration camp Sajmiste, in Belgrade, Serbia, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Andrej Cukic/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council Chairman Howard Lorber lights a candle to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day during a ceremony at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on the National Mall, Jan. 26, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council Chairman Howard Lorber lights a candle to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day during a ceremony at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on the National Mall, Jan. 26, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p><br>A guest stands in front of wreaths during a remembrance ceremony at the former concentration camp Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg near Berlin, Germany, Jan. 27, 2018. Today world commemorates The International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Photo: Clemens Bilan/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day


A guest stands in front of wreaths during a remembrance ceremony at the former concentration camp Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg near Berlin, Germany, Jan. 27, 2018. Today world commemorates The International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Photo: Clemens Bilan/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a ceremony at the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943 memorial marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a ceremony at the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943 memorial marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

<p>A sign reading “Stop!” in German and Polish is seen at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, during the ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, in Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

A sign reading “Stop!” in German and Polish is seen at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, during the ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day, in Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

<p>Stones lie on a Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial stone on occasion of the international Holocaust remembrance day in the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP) </p>
The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Stones lie on a Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial stone on occasion of the international Holocaust remembrance day in the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

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