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.
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Auschwitz concentration camp liberated on this day (27 January) in 1945