Haunting pictures of Auschwitz have been released to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nazi death camp’s liberation. Images made available by the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum show the unloading ramp and ‘Gate of Death’ at the camp in occupied Poland as well as emaciated prisoners and piles of clothes. The Nazi’s largest death camp was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on January 27, 1945, and the day is commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day worldwide. Over the next week, world leaders will gather twice to mark the anniversary. KL Auschwitz-Birkenau was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by the Third Reich near Oswiecim in occupied Poland during World War II, and a central site in the Nazis’ planned Holocaust, sometimes referred to as Shoa. Auschwitz is in fact not one camp, but two: Auschwitz I, built in an abandoned Polish military base, and Auschwitz II, or Birkenau, a much bigger complex that went up later about two miles away to expedite the Nazis’ ‘Final Solution’. It is estimated that 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz, and 1.1 million died there including 960,000 Jews, 74,000 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Roma people, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and up… Read full this story
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