Auschwitz concentration camp liberated on this day (27 January) in 1945

On 27 January 1945 the Red Army liberated Auschwitz - Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp.

Upon arrival at the camp, the Soviet army found only a few thousand prisoners who were too weak for the Nazis to force them on a “death march” from Auschwitz.

At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz.

About 90% of them were Jewish.

Other who died there included Poles, Romani, Soviet prisoners of war, Jehovah’s Witnesses and homosexuals.

27 January is now observed as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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