Today is the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the most wretched concentration camp of them all. On January 27, 1945 the Russian Army entered the Auschwitz Complex, unaware that just days before most of its remaining victims were marched out.
Just about two weeks before, knowing that the Russians were close, the SS began evacuating almost 60,000 prisoners and forced them to march west from the Auschwitz camp system. Thousands were killed just prior to the death march. camps in the days before these death marches began. SS guards shot anyone who fell behind or could not continue. Prisoners also suffered from the cold weather, starvation, and exposure on these marches. More than 15,000 died during the death marches from Auschwitz.
On January 27, 1945, the Soviet army entered Auschwitz and liberated more than 7,000 remaining prisoners, who were mostly ill and dying. It is estimated that at minimum 1.1 million died at Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945; of these, all but 200K were Jewish.
To remember this horrible period I give you an essay by a survivor who eventually became tailor to the president of the United States, and a video from the time of liberation. Read the story watch the video, and understand why we must never let anything like this to happen again.
By Martin Greenfield Auschwitz Survivor
Seventy years ago I was in a Nazi concentration camp.
Since then, I’ve seen tyrants and dictators enter and exit the global stage. Yet as the world prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, it is perhaps well and right that we ref…
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