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WASHINGTON - Hundreds of Holocaust survivors gathered in Washington on Saturday on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Expected to participate in the two-day event were a total of 2,000 Holocaust survivors and several thousand other guests, including former soldiers who took part in the liberation of the World War II death camps.

The Holocaust Museum officials consider the gathering one of the "last opportunities" for survivors and representatives of their generation to come together under such a framework to share their memories.

Speaking at the ceremony was the president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Benjamin Meed, and the main event on Sunday will be opened by the chief planner of the Holocaust Museum, Nobel Peace Prize-recipient Elie Wiesel.

Opened in April 1993, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is considered a great success, receiving 20 million visitors over the last 10 years.