75 Years Since Auschwitz Liberated

75 Years Since Auschwitz Liberated

Every year on January 27,  International Holocaust Remembrance Day comes around, and we remember the horrors of Genocide that approximately 17 million people faced.

It is estimated that 6 million Jewish people were killed in the Holocaust, along with a further 11 million ‘undesirables’ such as ‘Gypsies’, the disabled, Polish people, and political opponents of the Nazi regime during the Holocaust era.

2020 marks an important year for the day, because it marks 75 years since the liberation of the prisoners at Auschwitz, the most notorious of the Nazi concentration camps. Towards the end of the war, USSR troops swept through German occupied Poland, freeing all of the remaining concentration camp survivors, some of whom still live today.

With a death toll of 1.1 million, it is important to never forget Auschwitz and its victims, as a way to ensure that history never repeats itself.

More information:

Watch: Globe Trekker: Czech Republic & Poland 

Read: Auschwitz and the Holocaust

Study Guide: The Nazi’s & The Holocaust


Main Image: Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Fred Romero, Flickr Creative Commons