"Our presence here today is a symbol of the victory of humanity against evil," Israeli deputy prime minister Silvan Shalom said in a speech to the 8,000 participants.
The annual March of the Living, held since 1988, was overshadowed this year by comments made by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who described Israel as "totally racist" at a UN anti-racism conference in Geneva.
Ahmadinejad has previously called for Israel to be wiped off the face of the Earth and described the Holocaust as a "myth".
According to the organizers, about half of the roughly 8,000 people who participated in this year's commemorative march in southern Poland between the death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau were not Jewish.
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