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The Liberation of Auschwitz: January 27, 1945

On January 27, 1945, 75-years ago this month, the Soviet Army pried open the gates of Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland and liberated some 7,000 emaciated prisoners. About 58,000 others had been hurriedly marched westward before the Soviet Army approached. Auschwitz, the German word for the Polish town of Oswiecim, was the site of the largest Nazi concentration camp during WWII. It consisted of a concentration camp, a labor camp, and large gas chambers and crematoria. More than 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz between 1940-1945. Some 1.1 million of them were killed. Nine in 10 were Jews.

During WWII, the Nazi regime imprisoned an estimated 15-20 million people who they perceived as a political threat or inferior, especially Jews. They were held in camps and ghettos across Europe and subjected to abominable conditions, brutality, and murder in what has become known as the Holocaust.

Auschwitz was the largest of these death camps and was divided into three main camps: Auschwitz I, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Auschwitz III. Auschwitz I housed prisoners in abandoned Polish army barracks. Some were subjected to inhumane medical experiments carried out by SS doctors. Auschwitz II, also known as Auschwitz-Birkenau, held the greatest number of prisoners and also housed large gas chambers and crematoria. Auschwitz III was a work camp that housed prisoners working at a synthetic rubber factory. Other smaller sub-camps also existed.

The Nazis experimented with Zyklon B gas to kill prisoners at Auschwitz I. These tests were deemed successful and the program greatly expanded at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When new deportees arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, they immediately underwent selection. Some were saved to be used as forced labor, while others went directly to the gas chambers. This process tore families apart, and separated family members would typically never see one another again.

Arriving prisoners go through the sorting process

One such family was the Guttmann family. Irene Guttmann and her twin brother Rene were living in Prague with their parents when German soldiers arrested Irene’s father. He was sent to Auschwitz where he was killed in December 1941. The twins and their mother were deported to Theresienstadt ghetto and later to Auschwitz where their mother died. The 5-year-old twins were separated and subjected to horrific medical experiments under Dr. Josef Mengele. Their story is just one of many that occurred during the Holocaust.

On January 18, 1945, as the Soviet Army approached, the Nazis abandoned Auschwitz. The SS tried to hide evidence of the crimes committed at the camp by burning documents and blowing up several crematoria. The ‘healthy’ prisoners, numbering about 58,000, set off westward on a death march. Very few of them survived. The remaining prisoners, some 7,000, were too sick and starving to march and left to die in the camp.

Child survivors of Auschwitz wearing adult-size prisoner jackets

Rene Guttman was herded onto a truck to be sent to his death, but Dr. Mengele countermanded the order, saying that only he could kill his twins. With this order, both Rene and Irene remained in the camp.

On that bitterly cold morning of January 27th, prisoners huddled in their barracks. “We heard a grenade exploding near the entrance area,” recalled a former prisoner. “We looked out and saw some Soviet reconnaissance soldiers approaching, guns in their hands. The soldiers came up and said: ‘You are free at last.’”  

The Guttmann twins recalled liberation day. “I remember walking out of Auschwitz. I do remember trying to look back and around me to see if I could find Irene because I was leaving this place. I did see her, but we had to march on. There was shooting all around us…then we were surrounded by Russians dressed in white uniforms, that was the liberation,” said Rene. Irene, who was too weak to walk, was carried by a Polish peasant woman to her home.

One year later, a charity organization arranged for Irene to come to the United States along with other war orphans, where she was adopted. She wondered if she would ever see her brother Rene again. With the help of her adoptive family, they managed to locate Rene, who was living in Prague. The family adopted him as well, reuniting the twins in 1950.

When evidence of the atrocities committed at Auschwitz and other concentration camps came to light, the world was shocked. Decades later, the 2005 United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution naming January 27th, the day that Auschwitz was liberated, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. To learn more about the Holocaust, including survivor stories, photographs, and other related documents, see our Holocaust Collection on Fold3.

339 Comments

  1. This not about political views this in respect of the dead and those living with the past shame on you all for turning. This into a conversation about Politics.Nothing in the united states compaires to what happend there

    • The murder of 56 million Native Americans

    • There are no valid excuses for separating families, period, Whatever the effects may really be, compound and will ripple another 75 years.

      Making veiled excuses for Trump’s politics is pure bullshit.

    • 65 million??? LOL There have never been that many Indians in the United States total, during its entire history.

    • Rob Barros I love how Americans are literally always at each others’ throats, Civil War is surely soon to follow! Wonderful!

    • Thank you Herb. A recounting of a horrific stain in human history being boiled down for a political response is vile. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    • I cannot believe these people. So small minded. This is about the Holocaust. Not them. If I read more it just makes me angry. I’m going to do my quiet time and go to work. Which I have been allowed to do, freely, my whole life.

    • You’re absolutely correct. Except that America is no longer teaching history. History will repeat itself if not learned from. I for one, never want something like that to happen anywhere, every again. So the reason I post things like that…it’s to show people it CAN happen…because it did once. The world was shocked when they saw what had happened…but now there is people who believe that never happened. Why? Because they aren’t being taught history, they don’t want to believe something like that could happen….hiding their heads in the sand or believing it didn’t or won’t happen…won’t change history, but it could change the future.

    • Thank you Herb. I couldn’t agree with you more. This is something in history that we should learn a lesson from and not try to make it political. Shame on those who try to do that.

    • Not yet, but it’s coming! Hope they are not coming for you

    • Not yet you idiot

    • Well said. Thank you!

  2. Read this gently as I share these thoughts with some trepidation:

    As my bus neared Auschwitz, I felt increasingly nauseated, my stomach wrenching in some primordial dread. Yet I chose to go there, I needed to go there, I yearned to be there, and I have tried to fathom why. My father taught me the Greek word anamnesis in a theological lesson on the Eucharistic word “Remembrance” when I was 15, a word said to be practically untranslatable into English, and somehow it helps me to understand. This particular and unique Greek word for remember is not a simple one, but its more complex meaning includes a deliberate memoriial, recapitulation and participation, in addition to the simple act of memory. There is precious little I can offer to the men and women and, oh God, the children who were humiliated, betrayed and assassinated there, but I can choose to recapitulate and participate and testify against this consummate evil. I can walk step by step where they also walked, through this dirt, through these barracks, across their railroad tracks of death, across ground where every inch has been saturated with blood of someone well loved by another. I see with my own eyes the double rows of barbed wire, the hooks where hung those who dared to try to escape, the death wall where they lined up so many to fire upon, the canisters of lethal gas, the guard houses ubiquitous and unrelenting, the endless rows of “inmate” faces on the walls, the endless rows of children’s faces on the walls. My own feet stand on the floor of the gas chamber where 10.000 innocents died in agony, mothers trying to protect their children just as i would mine; I hear from a far away place sobs which I belatedly recognize as my own. My own eyes can barely focus but can not deny the ovens where bodies were burned. It is my hair savagely shorn to stiffen the collar of an officer’s uniform, it is my skin used to make a lampshade, it is my arms and legs tangled in a mass grave, it is my auricles and ventricles once pulsing that have ceased to beat, and the metronome is still and the music died again and again and again…. Just perhaps when we dare to step back to accompany and to love those from this other dread time and place, so surely our kin as we all seek to love and to be loved and to demand meaning for our lives and for our deaths, as we wait and watch a while with them in this crucible, the conviction that good is superior and ultimately more powerful than evil jolts the metronome awake and the rhythm is restored and rises like the phoenix. A wondrous and mighty symphony affirms the souls lost, and the necessity that this lesson be learned is tattooed on our hearts until the world’s heart beats in a rhythm where all can finally live in peace.

    • You have spoken where hearts have so much trouble entering with words that burn PEACE into one’s soul and support always with respect for those who were too perfect to live. May the snake that was evil never be allowed above hell, as nothing can tarnish the love I feel for my Jewish kindred.

    • I believe GOD used you to define the word
      Anamnesis

    • Beautifully written, Thank you

    • I can’t hardly speak after reading your description of the suffering you all endured, this was one of the most horrendous masacres you have seen and survived.
      I have learned about the horrible happenings as a young adult because I was born afterwards in a place with not much commication of happenings around the world.
      I was terrorized when I heard it for the first time by someone in the underground who fought against Hitler, got cought, escaped the death penalty and fled to Switzerland.

      This is the most horrible story that we should never forget or let it happen again.
      Wishing peace for all of us!

    • Thank you. Bless you. May hardened, ignorant hearts soften as your words are read.

    • I’m Jewish, Anne, and I thank you for your imagery as and your powerful belief that we matter and must be seen.

    • Cheri, We are truly sisters, and when one of us is in pain, we both are in pain. I cringed to even think you doubted that because i know and believe it from the core of my being. Peace and love forever, Anne

    • Such an eloquent tribute to the victims of mankind’s darkest evils! I am not Jewish, but I have empathy for those who suffered under the onslaught of such heinous hatred! I will always stand with the Jewish State, and against the evils of Socialism, Communism, and Nazism . . . all of which, seem to be the foundation of the new Democrat Party! May God protect us all from the “new Democrats?”

    • This was incredibly poignant and emotional. Thank you for this depiction to remind us we must fight hard to keep this work of genocide from occurring again.

    • Divine you are, thank you

    • Thank you for sharing. Your thoughts are well written. May we Remember so that we will never forget to look forward to bringing Peace into our homes, neighborhoods, communities, countries and the world. I believe it can be done.

    • Wow-thank you!!

    • Thank you for this haunting and beautiful description of your experience.

    • Thank you. No words of mine are adequate to describe the depths of my despair at the depravity of one human towards another. The experience of walking in the footsteps of all those who died will remain with me always.

    • today I spent the day watching movies of the horrendous things people do to people. At the cross Jesus said forgive for they do not know what they do. Because of this evil we now have Isreal returned to its rightful owners.All Gods promises will be fulfilled. We are to bless Isreal and we in tern will be blessed

    • Dear Anne.
      Thanks for your eloquent prose…I wish I had your expressively dramatic gift to take one where you yourself were.
      When I was stationed in then West Germany, I went to Dauchau. Just the mention of it can transport me back there, with the smell of crematorium forever in my nostrils. Once you’ve been to such places, you can NEVER get those emotions outside yourself.
      With that said, I can’t believe number of deniers of Holocaust in our time. While the United States has it’s own issues over its history, to link it to Holocaust takes away from what happened to over 12 million people.
      While Jews were the largest group at 6 million, there were 6 million of German intelligentsia: doctors, lawyers, teachers, politicians who opposed Nazi’s who were rounded up first. If you didn’t meet physical, mental, emotional Aryan standards, you too were shipped off. Roma were another group gathered up.
      Our children need to learn about these things. For as much as we said never again, there was Cambodia’s killing fields in 1970’s, 1990’s saw Rwanda & former Yugoslavia implode. What does that say about us? How have we taught our children?

    • Anne, I went to Dachau. I was sitting on the bus with a woman who’s father was one of the first American soldiers to pass through the gates and liberated the Jews. That added a whole new layer of interest to the visit! The entire experience was sadly sobering, thought provoking and eye opening. I believe everyone should experience this. Maybe they would learn to be grateful for the life they have and change things for the better instead of being complacent and complaining about the most ridiculous things.

    • People that refuse to believe that the Holocaust happened, need to go to the Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel. I’m not a Jew, but I got half way through it & had to leave-I was crying so hard for those poor victims. I’m tearing up now just trying to write this. My youngest daughter visited Auschwitz when she went on a church mission trip & said she had to leave too-it was like she could physically feel all those souls still were there.

    • Thank you Anne

    • So beautifully expressed, thank you. And, I hope that through Gods help, education and in keeping the memory alive, that this will never happen again.

    • So incredibly, beautifully said.

    • Anne,
      What a beautiful tribute!

    • Wow, well said heart felt wording I shall share the history as well as your beautiful response. People should never forget this horrific time in history. May we never forget.

    • Beautifully written

    • Anne Breach
      Thank u. Thank u. Thank u. Thank u for the Memorial of tender, compassionate thought.
      My eyes well up so easily @ any thought of any portion of this horrific story.
      Yes the Native American’s endured their holocaust. And we remember them with broken hearts too. There is no competition in atrocities.
      My Mother in law was taken from her home @ 16 & put in horrible work camps. My Father in law was in Polish army, captured & put in Prisoner of war camp.
      Both sent by the terrible cattle cars to their destination of hell on earth. Both survived.
      Now our hearts & minds are focused on the “deliberate Memorial” to honor & weep for those who suffered & lived in bowels of hell for no crime but to be born.
      God bless them all, the living & the dead.
      ❤❤

    • If wordS could paint a picture then you have painted a masterpiece.

    • Thank you…
      You’ve made it come to life in my minds eye…I shed tears for those I do not know…but in my heart I cry for their loss of life as if they were my family…

    • How beautiful are your words about this horrible crime against humanity.

    • BRAVO LOVING FRIEND ‼️

  3. Do you all ever go back and read anything that anyone else says in any comments outside of the few ahead and behind your own? Stop it!! everybody,, just stop it!! stop fighting amoungst yourselves about whatever it might be that those in charge decided to put out there to cause the promoted hatreds of the week. How many really gives a crap about the truths of the entire thing… How many read this very well written history write up that is about one of the most monsterously cruel and devestating thing that has ever happened in modern world history, and ONLY allowed this little bit of space to be about THEM? only about their suffering and families and losses.. NOT about todays selfishness, fights, and bickering created by people who only want to promote themselves and their fight to gain leverage for their fight on the king of the mountain games.. thats all most of it is is just stupid games of hate.. is it the only way to gain political leverage these days? to get people fighting for them by fighting against other things? spread hate by pointing at who to hate and see who joins in? I was educated on these horrible things that happened to these poor poor victems when i was in the fourth grade by some very intellegent educators who had been there…. and didnt ever want us to be.. dont you become very scared that someday, if we let things get totally out of control and stop paying attention, that some insane people could drag us into such terrifying circumstances again? and it woud be so very easy to do by causing so many normally compassionate and intellegent people to split against each other with pure overspoken hatreds of each other? stop it!!! please.. before i lose the the country i love to be living in,, and was born in.. i dont want to have to flee for dear life to some other country… please think

    • dody benfer thank you for your comments. The Holocaust was the most evil thing man has ever done to mankind, because of it we all need to learn from it, and vow to never let the horrors return unchallenged. It is disheartening to see so many replies argue over politics, and the true message of the Holocaust remain left behind. Yes, there are strong differences between political parties, and each demands that the other party is at fault and endangering their party members. I have strong feelings about it myself, but it doesn’t matter right now, because the Remembrance is about the Holocaust, not our bickering. Each and every one of us must accept responsibilities for our own words and deeds, not point fingers to try to blame any others. Take a moment, *at *least *a *moment from your petty squabbles to Remember the millions who paid the price of the most heinous acts of atrocities.

  4. Oh yeah, the people Trump said he is treated worse than. How dare they!

    • It’s wonderful how much infighting there is here, it definitely shows that another Civil War is coming, which is wonderful!

  5. To compare our President with Hitler is the ultimate insult! Thank God Trump got elected.

    • Please dont use God’s name along with that of a nasty cheating, child-leching ,paedo associate, woman abusing, dictator worshipping traitor installed with Putin’s aid to RIP the US apart. The trains are not yet here but the tactics are The Big Lie the lugen presse the demonisation of minorities the hate filled messianic madness and the “fine” Nazis. America the civilised world laughs n cries at this dangerous clown.

    • This is not the appropriate place to post support for a politician who has divided the country in the worst way which in and if itself makes him unfit to lead a democratic nation. Presidents of democracies should unite like Kennedy and not divide with hatred like trump. He’s not Hitler but still raising concerns

    • Pat Tracy, you are a sick, pathetic ignorant moron! This President has done more to promote unity than any President since President Ronald Reagan. It’s idiots like you who can’t grasp reality that is dividing this country! Tune out MSNBC and CNN and get a life for God’s sake! Please try to evaluate reality! We have the lowest unemployment rate in decades, the lowest unemployment for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians, ever! The lower class wages have risen more than ever before, and not because of this false $15 minimum bullschidt! WTFU idiot,face reality, learn reality, get a phuckin’ life and enjoy the prosperity this President has given us through deregulation, fair trade agreements which our trading partners have been taking advantage of us since WWII! We saved their phuckin’ ass’es and ever since then, and they’ve taken advantage of us! President Trump, FINALLY put the hammer down and said LETS BE FAIR, we no longer will finance the world, get your schidt together and govern yourselves responsibly! Don’t forget, us taxpayers are benefiting from President Trump’s actions! Low unemployment, fair trade agreements, lower taxes, higher wages for the low and middle wage earners, a stronger military, crack down on ILLEGAL immigration, what more could you ask for? This President has done more for this country’s citizens than any other President since Ronald Reagan! Get a life! Enjoy the prosperity given to you! And stop your stupid irrational bitchin’! Have a nice day……..moron.

    • David Lopez, if you are not following what Thom Harr is saying, please let me clarify; the majority of mass shooters in the U.S. of A. are ‘white, privileged’ xenophobic, racist boys in adult bodies, that think they are entitled to mow down whomever they deem as ‘less than’. Thankfully most, do not act on their impulses, however, those that do try to make a point, and end up killing innocent civilians caught in the crossfire. While these tragedies do occur in Canada, they happen much less frequently largely because guns and more specifically automatic assault rifles, are illegal here. THANK GOD!!!

    • Pat Tracy, genius, Trump is the PRESIDENT, he’s not just “a politician”. Wow, you are so out to lunch that you are actually attacking you own country.
      And you’re claiming Trump “divides” the country? What, you think that if it weren’t for Trump, I’d be inviting you over to my house for tea and crumpets? Like I’d be your buddy or something? Seriously? I wouldn’t have anything to do with you, no matter what the year was or who the President is. Don’t blame Trump for the fact that people are “divided” against you. I’ve been against you for decades. What, are you 12?

    • Hilary Scott.
      You sound woefully ignorant of so many subjects you bring up in your post, but I would be glad to school you. As it happens, I can talk to you all day about this subject, as I’ve served as a police officer and detective in a large city in the United States for years.
      First of all, no– as an example, I’ve lost 6 of my fellow police officers to shootings in as many years (that means officers who worked for the same department as me), killed in the line of duty or otherwise, including my very best friend. And want to know something? NONE of them were killed by whites– “privileged” or otherwise. Also, I can go into detail about the many shootings I’ve investigated, fatal or otherwise, and the race/ethnicity of the suspects. Not something I’d enjoy doing, but you brought it up, so I’d be glad to school you on it.
      Secondly, you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about, and have zero professional experience with firearms– you wrote “automatic assault rifles”. Um, no. Automatic weapons of any kind are illegal in the US, without a special, expensive tax and permit, which almost no one has. Please educate yourself before spouting off. Also, of about 150 shootings I’ve investigated in my city (both fatal and non fatal, mostly the latter), NONE of them were committed with rifles of any kind, much less “automatic assault rifles”. And speaking of that, my fellow police officers were all killed by pistols, in two cases revolvers. So much for “automatic assault rifles”.
      Thirdly, no– the reason you in Canada don’t have nearly as much crime as we do is because you’re a much smaller and less diverse population, you’re not a geographical location where most people would want to live, and most importantly, you use the US as your buffer against crime, migrations (illegal or otherwise), and you have no borders with 3rd world failed states, as we do. Which beings me to my final point– I have known many Canadians, both in my travels in Canada, in the US, and where I live, and I must say, I do not know people more arrogant, more self-righteous, and more insufferable, than most Canadians– and that’s saying a lot, because I’ve lived all over the world. And you are yet another exhibit of that.

    • David Lopez, l love you! I only wish there were more Americans like you! God Bless You and your fellow brothers in law enforcement! Thank you for being you!

  6. You guys are completely out of bounds bringing politics into a concentration camp. This is in remembrance of the day of liberation. Give it a rest and honor those families, like mine, that lost people they loved and who continue to mourn their loss. 75 years later, its such a small thing to ask for such suffering.

    Everyone has political views, and I understand that, as do I, but there is a time and a place, and a post in remembrance of the dead and few survivors is not the place. Anyone with compassion and empathy will understand that.

    I also want to thank those whose had families in the military for their service, who had to enter this horrific camps and help the survivors and “clean up”. I use that term lightly, as we all know what that means and the conditions involved.

    Give it a rest and respect the dead.

  7. To compare President Trump with Hitler is the ultimate insult. Thank God Trump got elected and that the Republicans control the Senate.

    • It shows you have read history and are not just a screaming Magat. Now let’s talk about the “good’ Nazis Trump admires.

  8. God bless all those that died in the hands if evil communists regime. Thank God for America that came to the aide of the country being killed by the communists. We have to study history as not to repeat it. We live in a country that allows each of us to have a voice and express our views without arrest or seizure. Thank our soldiers for that right and freedom.

    • Who? What side? Surely not the Vietnamese. But America did assist the radical Khmer Rouge perpetrators of mass auto genocide

  9. To bring current events into these remembrances is to shun the memory of the sacrifice.

    Perhaps it seems clever in ones mind to bring up something currently relevant to you, but please know that there are times to remain silent. Absolutely mute yourself and listen. Listening is a lost art sadly in this age of “my problem is worse than your problem…”
    Please be smarter than this people. Show some dignity to yourself and your thought process and just be quiet.
    We must not allow this in our world again. The cruelties that I read, every story in Dachau engrained a huge empathy on my 15 year old heart in 1986. I will never forget.
    I forced myself to speak of it in college in a speech class and could not finish my speech as my tears flowed and my throat swelled and I could not speak another word.
    I watched a 10hr VHS program called Shoah which described in intimate detail the story of the Holocaust and that was intensely heavy on my heart but I never stopped watching as we need to listen and bear witness.
    I went to a beer garden in 1986 in Germany where folks came together running, hugging and subsequently bawling as it was a special place where divided people could try to find loved ones that survived. And people did. Neighbors, friends, tears and sobbing while so happily finding some tie that was stripped away.
    I cannot describe how I felt seeing something so intimate, so private… bit I will say it didn’t inspire me to discuss current politics.
    So I pray that God will give you all the wisdom to be quiet. It’s amazing what you can learn.

    • Thank you for your comments. Sometimes we do forget our manners and it is good to remind. I appreciate your sharing your personal experience. My sentiments are similar. How much we learn when we listen rather than talk. Thank you for sharing.

    • Great words – I pray all all be quiet and listen and … remember.

    • I would remain quiet if not for the threat of a similar thing happening in our own world. We’ve had 75 years of reduced-not eliminated-violence compared to the hemoclisms of WWI and WWII. That makes people who’ve never experienced or witnessed these atrocities to distance themselves from it, minimize it as something the barbarians of the past did, or roll their eyes and profess not to believe they ever happened. We bury that which shames is; do you think the Germans give explicit history lessons about the Holocaust? I know the Japanese do not dwell on the war crimes committed within their “Sphere of Co-economic Prosperity,” and we as a nation tend to minimize the suffering of the slave trade or say there “weren’t that many Indians here to begin with.” Remember them today and be wary of those who declare it can never happen here.

  10. Trump and his followers and their behaviour are Nazi’s.
    Who will stop him?
    I will not live in a world run by psychopaths.
    I will ensure I survive and will not allow me to sent to another Auschwitz-Birkenau.
    The rest of us best wake the fack up and get rid of this ass hole.
    A “successful psychopath” he is.

    • Why would you be sent to Auschwitz– are they rounding up drunk Irishmen now, Cunningham? You’re a disgrace. And that’s coming from a Latino.

    • Thomas ……Calm yourself . Now , is it really that bad ? You are comparing Our President to a Nazi ? I want to tell you & show you what an insane group of Presidents we have had . Would you say Obama was any kind of a leader ?? For 8 fn long years ! It was like watching and hearing President Carter on Ludes . Trump says Way too much , and he says what ever falls out of his mouth . But President Trump has Accomplished more GOOD than Obama could ever Dream of ! Obama was just a plain ol Quiet guy , that way no one could criticize him . Example of this Great Country being Two Faced ; When Obama was Pres. there was in middle America a Big Rodeo going on one afternoon [ stay w me now ] and a Rodeo clown put on his head probably the Only Obama mask on earth . This clown was doing to America, land of the Free what ALL Presidents have gotten , thats people poking fun ! The clown was pulled aside and fired !!! For putting an Obama mask on ! The officials all told this clown that it was the most disrespectful thing they had ever witnessed ! Now , take time Right Now to Look Back at what people Have Done and said about OUR PRESIDENT Now !!!!!!!! 50% of America , The Democrats and of course our liberals have gone out of their way to Smash this man and His Family to pieces ! Nordstroms immediately took Mrs.Trumps full line of clothing out of their stores , what did she do that merited that kind of Sh.t !!!??? Every pres.we have had said that the Boarder was out of control ! I personally know of illegals here that have trashed everthing in their path and have taken advantage of All OUR PROGRAMS FOR THOSE THAT CAME IN LEGALLY . NOW ……..IF we were to treat President Trump like we did Obama , how many people would get fired for Disrespecting OUR PRESIDENT !!??? S.N.L.& our own clown Jimmy Kimmel have made their shows about Anything that will tear Pres.Trump Down . Liberals nearly Burned America Down ” Before” he was sworn in ! Where Is The So Called Eqaulity !!??? Where does Hollywood get off Thinking they are in charge ?? The Hate Goes On , And Our Children Are WATCHING AND LISTENING !

  11. May we never forget the people who suffered here. God bless their memory and their families. I pray that my country will never abandon the Jewish people, in Israel and throughout the world.

    • And the Palestinian victims of the Shoah for the digital world: politicide. Netanyahu is pure Trumpian Nazi crook. Both wl do time. The sooner the better.

  12. I was 13 yrs old in 1964 and I was sitting in my living room in Fresno California. My father was reading the newspaper. I noticed a news story come on the television. It was a story on the 19th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland in 1945. I noticed my father lower his newspaper and was looking at the pictures on the Television. He had tears running down his face. When I asked him what was wrong. He just sniffed and said “I was there”. I asked him what it was like. He said “it’s something I will never forget” and pulled the newspaper up to his face and continued to cry for several minutes. Later at dinner I ask him again, Dad, what was it like to be there. He told me again that he would never forget what he saw and that he didn’t want me to ever experience the feeling he had. He finished by telling me “I will never speak of it again”.

  13. Wow, Timothy, what a powerful story of your Dad! Thanks for sharing. I take it he was one of the soldiers who liberated Auschwitz? I wonder if any of those soldiers were able to communicate what they saw there?

  14. A very powerful and descriptive read. Tears in my eyes and shivers through my body.
    Thank You so much for sharing your experience.
    Through your verse and your eyes I felt your pain and briefly the pain of the victims.
    May God Bless each and every survivor and the thousands that died in the Holocast.

  15. Hello, I have walked around this place, I have cried for the souls of those that perished here. This was the most evil and vile crime on innocent people by the nazis.
    God rest thier souls, for the loved ones they left behind they would have to endure the pain and sorrow for the rest of thier lives…………

  16. Let’s us just stop! read it put yourself in the moment think about it! We can all get something from this article. And with that said it’s not about “us” we are just reminded what has happened!
    God bless “us” all to live in peace and happiness.

    • It doesn’t matter if it is Nazi soldiers or the U.S. Calvary or whatever means of killing people just because of race, religion or whatever, it is a sickness I will never understand. How can humans hate other humans this much. It goes back to the beginning of time. There will always be people that hate. I wish there was a way to stop it but that will never happen. I want to end on some sort of a positive note but I can’t. I’m so sorry

    • Dicky Harmon, “US Calvary”? calvary? Get educated, before posting, for Pete’s sake. At least learn basic spelling before spouting off.

  17. The Auschwitz terror was an uncomparable crime against mankind.
    At January 27, 1945, the end of WWII was not foreseen. As we know, the allied countries believed in an 1946 ending.
    The snapshots of the hideous terror circulated only after the armistice.
    Why did not use the Red Army those photos to show the true nature of the nazism before the world?

  18. What a story ! I’ve read quite a lot about WW II, but this was a “new” story, fortunatly with a happy ending

  19. This makes me cry! It should never have happened!

  20. Beautiful words …

  21. No ethnic group of people should ever experience this tragedy ever again. Many holocaust over the centuries in all parts of the world.

    NEVER AGAIN !!!!!! NO MORE KILLING OF INICENT PEOPLE !!!!!!!

  22. So horrible

  23. Why us? It’s what we as Jews and the rest of the world should never forget. This atrocity will remain forever in our history. We are a people who constantly try to help and improve for the benefit of all mankind.

  24. This is real history, no different than the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the invention of the steam engine. It is History, it should be taught in every elementary school, every high school and every college in the world.

  25. Genocide presents us with an image so appalling
    that it can be damaging even to look.
    But we know we must look.
    We know that repressing memory, willed forgetting,
    is perhaps the greatest danger we face as a species.
    If we want to remain fully human, we have no choice
    but to confront and remember the past, to learn,
    and to act on what we’ve learned.

    Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation

    Toronto Jewish Community

    copied from the wall outside Auschwitz, August 2020

  26. I have read many many books written by survivors of the camps. They are heartrending and so sad. Just go to your library and read a few and you can experience what happened from an eyewitness. It is unbelievable but sadly, horrifically true. Some are able to live on and lead a life and others never recover. I pray nobody will ever have to walk in their shoes again.

  27. As a young girl I learned from my parents about the most evil crime against mankind. I also was taught about it in history classes during my school years. I find it very frightening to hear some of the younger generation say they know nothing about the Holocaust and further more they don’t believe it really happened. Our schools are failing our youth by not teaching our youth of our world history. I agree with Ronald Estepp. All history should be taught in every school. We must not allow this to happen again. I fear it is happening in some places even as we speak. Hitler’s tactics are being promoted in the United States as law makers try to pass gun laws that would make it illegal for the people to have guns. Just like Hitler did. Wake up people. Learn from history. May God Bless those who have suffered and are suffering!!

  28. Some of my relatives from Gabowka, Poland were in Aushwitz. One Uncle never
    talked about it. He felt guilty that he farmed for the Germans at 18 and he
    managed to stay alive. My cousin always said “When the Russians won the war”
    because they liberated Poland.

  29. my mom’s family was from kracow (spelling?) poland. my grandparents came to the us in the early 1900’s but a few stayed in poland. my mom always wondered what happened to her uncle walter. no one had ever heard from him again.

  30. Wow…. great dialogue and observations, people….. But remember….. this kind of thing happens again and again; Ruanda, Srebenitza (?), Burma…. reeducation camps in China, etc., etc…. It will continue to happen again and again… because this is who we are…. and as the global population continues to grow, and resources become scarcer, well, What do you think is going to happen???

    The Holocaust was en extreme example of who we are…. but the flip side is the number of good people who did and do try to save lives…. people and governments like the Nazis (and others) are banking on the bystanders keeping their collective mouths shut and doing nothing….. So, let’s keep our eyes open.

  31. I was born in 1942, in America, and grew up with accurate accounts of what had happened during my first 3-years of life. Reading the accounts in this article bring vivid memories and clear understanding of the horrors that one deranged State Leader could convince his military and government leaders to do, simple because their leader was brilliant at convincing, those who once were ordinary citizens, to join in his militia and commit terrible atrocities against other human beings in the name of Der Führer (1935) after becoming Chancellor in 1933. He gained political power. His earlier springboard was joining the National Socialists. We need to guard against allowing Socialism into this nation. It breeds complete government control over our lives, by putting into the hands of those in government…which is the exact opposite of what the Founding Fathers had in mind for these untied states and her citizens.

  32. LORD HAVE MERCY. Never again.

  33. I agree this is not about politics but about human decency or perhaps the evil that man can produce. That said, separating families is not acceptable because it is less horrific than the death camps. I like to think the people of United States would never allow this sort of evil to be perpetuated here but the standard for this country that I love has got to be much much higher than it is now. I am a proud American and veteran and would like to remain so. Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and a long long list of hate crimes worries me.

    • Me too hate crimes, judgement of others before knowning there circimstances. I am quite concerned about the wellbeing of the USA.

    • Thom Harr Charlottesville was a “hate crime”…? Hate against whom, a rich white political activist? Give me a break, cry me a river. Innocent people are being killed every night in places like Detroit and Baltimore, but yet you don’t shed a tear for them, because they don’t fit your narrative and are the wrong race.

  34. Thank you for this thorough review. We should never forget. God bless America.

  35. Fay Geddes, you couldn’t be further from the truth. The Democratic Party does not equal Socialism, Natzi-ism, or Communism any more than the Republican Party equals Fascism. Suggestion for you to read for your enlightenment: Eisenhower’s Republican Party platform. I think it may shock you!

  36. I teach middle school special education. My students must learn how to research and are learning about the Holocaust after reading the play, “Anne Frank”. They are truly interested, amazed, saddened, shocked, but want to know more. I didn’t learn of these inhumane and unfathomable acts of humankind until I was in college. I initially felt so guilty because I am mostly German. How could my ethnic heritage do this? That is where my 19 year old mind went. I have been educating myself ever since. My part is to continually educate children so they will know and never forget. I am not convinced that this couldn’t happen again in any country, and this is why education must continue everywhere.

    • How in the world were you able to graduated from Middle School, much less High School and pass the SAT’s or ACT’s without having ever heard of the Holocaust…? I knew about it by age 4….

    • Cheri, l adore you ! You are a teacher, an educator, someone who appreciates our great country and passes our great yet sometimes flawed history. You are the hope of our future! You will save our country from the socialists who want to destroy us! Again Cheri, l love you for who you are and what you are doing to save America! God Bless you Cheri!

  37. I am very glad we hold these times of remembrance so that we do not forget. People rarely talk of the homosexuals who were rounded up too. The Nazis were skilled at making scapegoats if anyone who did not fit their ideal image. They would Identify a group of people who are “different“ and then demonize them and blame them for the ills of the society. And they proceeded to do the most horrible things to them. It was evil.

  38. Fk off with your anti American sentiments, EdmundRuffinII

  39. I had many family members murdered brutally in the Holocaust, some in Auschwitz. I knew none of them, except I have learned some of their names, and their home places – spread across Europe, wherever Jews lived. I mourn them all and feel the pain as I think about them.
    But remembering the Holocaust, for me, is not just about mourning the millions of Jews and others who suffered – they are gone, we cannot bring them back – we can only remember them and the genocide that kept them from helping make a better world.

    And the best remembrance is the “Never Again” response! and action!

    But that is political.
    While the Holocaust was distinguished by ‘efficiency’, otherwise it holds the classic hallmark of past and current genocides. Identifying an ‘other’, building contempt and hatreds through fabrications and stereotyping. Repeating lies again and again. Dehumanizing the ‘other’ and ‘tolerizing’ the leader’s tribe to increasingly brutalize the ‘other’, until vicious, atrocious, inhumane acts eliminate the ‘other’.
    I believe, for ‘Never Again’ to be meaningful, we must recognize the human nature that makes atrocities possible and to react immediately and strongly whenever ‘othering’ is being promoted, wherever that may be.
    The Holocaust was unique. Each life lost was unique.
    But Rwanda, Darfur, Cambodia, Rohynga, Tibet-Uigher-Han, ex-Yugoslavia, Native Americans cleansings, Aboriginal Australians, New World enslavements of Africans and Native Americans, Irish-India-Britain policies, Holodomor, etc all have been unique.
    The lives lost and possibilities limited were each unique.
    And they were the same.
    They proceeded through the same ‘othering’ processes.
    “Never Again” Yet, again and again.
    For me, the true memorial for the Holocaust and for all the other ethnic cleansings is to react whenever ‘othering’ is detected – by my friends, by my neighborhood, by my city, State, and Nation. To fight to stop the process, to confront the basic human behavior that too often leads to small and then to unimaginably huge tragedies.
    I do not feel that the Holocaust is politicized when “Never Again” is the purpose. It is being remembered.
    Today, it needs to be remembered in America – and Hungary, Britain, China, Russia, and too many other elsewheres.
    We can more easily understand how the ‘good Germans’ became responsible as ‘followers’ of maniacal leaders.
    It was (and is): A small step of ‘going along’ with name calling and more ‘othering’ actions / propaganda. With not opposing actions that smell of tyranny. With not standing with, and supporting in small and big ways those who are harmed by the ‘othering’.
    Step-by-step, we are tolerized. We become the ‘good people’ who allow and support the atrocities.

    Remembering our murdered fellow humans is always very important. Learning from Holocaust history, however, is rather meaningless if it does not lead to “Never Again”.

  40. Pat Tracy, I thought you were talking about Obama!

  41. I could not agree more. When racial or religious intolerance occurs. What if you speak out aginst it and you are the one shot or imprisoned or tortured. Ihave heard this to be the case with people who rise up aginst dictators. Therefore, when and how does one prevent it? It should not happen again EVER TO ANYONE!

    • I could not agree more. When racial or religious intolerance occurs. What if you speak out aginst it and you are the one shot or imprisoned or tortured. Ihave heard this to be the case with people who rise up aginst dictators. Therefore, when and how does one prevent it? It should not happen again EVER TO ANYONE!

  42. I feel WWII was the worst time for humanity. And all sides contributed. I sincerely hope we learned from that & never let those atrocities happen again.

  43. Faye Geddes: You smear Democrats when we have a “president” who is clearly a criminal. I pity you.

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  45. Any time I see this pictures and the article, “Make me to cry”