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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