(FILES) This file photo taken on November 13, 2014 shows people visiting the memorial site at the former Auschwitz - Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on November 13, 2014. / AFP / BARTOSZ SIEDLIK
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Pope Francis was to meet Holocaust survivors at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland Friday, as well as people who risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazis.Francis will walk through the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) gate at Auschwitz, before meeting the survivors in front of the death wall where the Nazis summarily shot thousands of people.There, some 25 Christian Poles who risked their lives during the war to help hide and protects Jews -- a group recognized by Israel's Yad Vashem as "Righteous Among the Nations" -- will recount their stories to the pope.More than 100,000 non-Jewish Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war, homosexuals and anti-Nazi partisans also died at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in occupied Poland.Two of the pope's predecessors also visited the camp: John Paul II -- a former archbishop of Krakow -- in 1979 and Benedict XVI in 2006 .
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