It is estimated that 1.3 million people were killed at the Auschwitz extermination camp, of which 90 per cent were Jews.
This follows the shameful declarations of Ukraine's president advocating the elimination of the Communist Party of the Ukraine in elections.
In Russia the memories of the Nazi invasion of 1941, of the war that followed and of the activities of local Nazi collaborators, including Ukrainian ones historically linked to the present crowd of extremists in Kiev, are strong.
Berlusconi, a billionaire media titan, whose conservatives are polling second in voter surveys ahead of next month's election, spoke to reporters a during ceremony commemorating the Holocaust.
An extraordinary filmmaker who made extraordinary films and lived to the extraordinary age of 101, Kurt Maetzig died August 8. But he was virtually unknown in the U.S.