A Commemoration Of The 75th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz By The Red Army
A vigil was held in Auschwitz on Monday 27th January 2020, which was attended by over 200 Holocaust survivors and their families, World Leaders and Dignitaries to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Death Camp.
The site is now a museum which has been preserved to ensure that
no-one will ever forget the horrors which took place there.
On 27 January, 1945, The Soviet Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration Camp which was operated by Nazi Germany in Poland.
Between 1940 and 1945 1.3 million people were sent to the Auschwitz Death Camp, including 960,000 Jewish people, 21,000 Roma, 74,000 non-Jewish Poles, 15,000 Europeans and 15,000 Soviet Prisoners of War.
Many were killed in the gas chambers, whilst others were executed or died of disease or starvation.
By the time the Soviet Army arrived, there were only 9,000 prisoners left, but they sought the help of the local Polish people and the Polish Red Cross to ensure that around 7,500 people survived. Out of the 15,000 Russian Prisoners of War who were brought in to work at Auschwitz, only 92 were left at the last roll call.
Words by Amanda Waters