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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.


  1. My father-in-law was one of the very young soldiers who helped to release prisoners from the camps. He never, never would talk about it because of how horrific it was. It completely changed his life. We must always remember what humanity if capable of and to stop it from happening every again.

    • Robin W. says:

      My grandfather did as well. He was an MP in the US Army and also served as a translator to the Hungarian captives. May we never forget.

    • Rebecca says:

      You thank him for me because my father was one of those that he saved.

    • Helen Wilson says:

      Absolutely! There are those antisemites who say they should forget about it. I say that the minute they do and we do we have lost whatever humanity we have left!

  2. Carol says:

    Heartbreaking and unimaginable today, but we must remember. Thank you for this article…..a reminder that we must always value and hold dear our freedoms.

    • Diane says:

      Not unimaginable. We have children in camps at the border because they are brown-skinned.

    • Lt Webb says:

      Diane,-a huge difference! Jews and others were forced from their homes to these camps; to their death. Huge difference. They did not have the option of staying home. They were starved; experimented on, worked to death and gassed. Lumping illegal border crossers in with holocaust victims only minimizes the holocaust. It does not further your misrepresentation.

    • LW says:


      Please do not confuse children at our border with victims of the holocaust. Surely you’ve not been to our southern border if you’ve bought into such malicious propaganda. I’m from Texas and I can assure you that people of all colors live here in harmony and our border patrols, ICE and many non-profit organizations are working together for the good of children whose parents have brought them to our borders illegally.

      I understand that this information is falsely being fed our population daily. It isn’t true.

    • Emily says:

      Certainly not unimaginable sadly.. Bosnia & Kosovo.. Sierra Leonne.. and on and on.. Today it continues. May it stop when we refuse to look away.

    • Bob says:

      Diane, you’re an idiot. There is absolutely NO comparison here.

  3. Fred says:

    Raw hatered of people just for their religious beliefs was and still is appalling! But now we are seeing this same hatered yet again, but this time it’s comming from those who hold different political views. Project Veritras interviewed some staffers on Bernie Sander’s campaign staff who suggested “all Republican’s” need to be sent to “re-education camps”, such as those of the former Soviet Union’s “gulags”, which he claims were not such bad places as “the West” claimed they were, even though Stalin murdered millions of his own people in them. Leftist have no tolerance for anyone who hold different views then they do. They call “Conservative’s” Nazi’s with various “ism’s” & “phobe’s attached. They have no tolerance for different views and beliefs. THEY are the Nazi’s! THEY want Conservatives in “gulags”. THEY threaten Conservatives with violence. THEY force their hatered on anyone not like them…….just like NAZI’S!!

    • Karyn says:

      You break my heart, Fred.
      And you disrespect the dead.

    • Fred says:

      Karyn, l’m sorry you mistook what l was trying to imply. I do truly respect those who’ve died such horrible and ruthless deaths. Never Again, should never, ever again happen to any humans living on this Earth. I was however, trying to point out how easily hatered can be, and is once again starting to raise it’s ugliness once again, only this time it’s against Christians AND Jews, and those who identify as Conservative and/or Republican. May God Bless you Karyn and God Please Bless America!

    • A says:

      1. Your blanket characterization of “leftists” as having no tolerance and as being “Nazis” is the exact thing that is and was done to dehumanize people and make it easier to do and say horrible things to them. Rather ironically, it is the exact thing your comments claim to be so against. Stop watching Fox “News” and get your news from several sources to avoid confirmation bias (look it up).
      2. Your words would carry more weight were they a. Actually true, b. Backed with cited sources, and c. Spelled correctly and without all of the incorrectly-used used apostrophes and other grammatical disasters in your diatribe. Learn some grammar, some history, some factual current events and some spelling and try again.

    • Fred says:

      “A”….. Have a nice day.( I hope l spelled you “name” correctly)

    • Scott says:

      Your heart is full of hate and intolerance. God help you.

    • Peggy Neumann says:

      Wow! Your post only proves your contention. Whenever there are “sides,” and especially when the “sides” say hideous things about each other – like one side says the other side needs to be rounded up and be reeducated, and the other calls them Nazis, we are all going to suffer for it. What we need to do is study the lives and teachings of people like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Dali Llama, and Baha’u’llah – prophet/founder of the Bah’a’i Faith. We all were created from the same dust and we all belong to the same household.

    • John says:

      My goodness, Fred, but you are filled with hate!

    • Louisa Young says:

      Gulags were just as bad as the concentration camps, my mother was lucky to have survived her time there, I stand corrected but well over million polish people died in the gulags during WW2.

    • Jack Riggs says:

      Fred, you commentary about leftists is atrocious and you should be ashamed of yourself. There is enough hatred on the fringes of both sides and both extremes should be called out. However, your obvious hatred for leftists is too apparent. I will fight against any side that suggests what you intimate here. You are absolutely wrong and your words are inflammatory. Shame on you. By the way, I am simply a moderate, but your words are by far too extreme.

    • Dan says:

      Bernie Sanders?!? I think you mean Trump and his well-known group of White Supremacist supporters. Wow! You would be one of the Nazis today.

    • Adi T says:

      Wow, it didn’t take long for Americans to make this about us. How unimaginably selfish

    • Mandy says:

      Some leftists have no tolerance of different political views and feel that they are morally superior to conservatives. However, the majority of leftists are not the haters that you describe. There are a lot of haters and close-minded folks among conservatives. And their hatred and bigotry are not less than those of Nazis. All white supremacists and Neo-Nazis are found among political and religious conservatives. Don’t use thus platform to throw your biased political views.

    • Fred says:

      Mandy, please don’t use this form to espouse your biases and political views. See how that works? It’s exactly what l was trying to point out! Yet because you disagree with what l had to say, which was only to point out the division that has been happening in our country over the last decade, is something we need to be aware of. I’m not very pleased being refered to as a “white supremacist” and/or Nazi just because we have different views on things that matter. It wasn’t the right who told their supporters to trash and harass Trump supporters, or who tried to suppress Conservative views on college campuses, no, these seem to be scenarios perpetrated by leftists. The left doesn’t let the right to be heard. What are they afraid of? The words of our Constition? Or the words of our Bill of Rights? Or maybe our Declaration of Independence. Conservatives are simply belivers in those three documents. We believe that this country became the greatest country in the world because of the ideals our Founding Fathers had envisioned for our futures. It’s true we have not been perfect, and by a long shot! But we have made great strides to correct our flaws while trying to correct those flaws, the most disgraceful being slavery. But if you recall, the greatest loss of life in any war American’s have ever fought was our own Civil War were whites fought along side the blacks they helped to free from slavery.The toll of death and injuries were overwhelmingly white! Intergration followed at a snail’s pace, then finally Dr Martin Luther King Jr, tried to chang all that, and gave his life trying. Then within the last decade we started to slide down hill again. Mandy, we are all Americans we desperately need to listen to each other, not criticize each other! We both have different points of view and neither of us are 100% right or wrong! But listing to each other in a rational state of (open) minds will bring us all together again, just like our “Greatest Generation” saved the entire world from German and Japanese dictatorships! The United States intervened and helped save Europe from Germany. The United States dominated the Second World War and again saved Europe and now Asia too! America was the 7th (!) largest Military in the world before December 7th, 1941, but became the largest by 1945, the end of WWll ! Think about that! FOUR YEARS! American Capitalism and American’s luxury to enjoy Freedom! and Liberty! Saved the world from tyranny twice in less than thirty years! Yes, we still have BIG problems to yet to solve, but we WILL solves our problems by listing and understanding each other! Mandy, let’s both be open-minded and intensely understanding! Our countries future depends on……US!!!

    • Billy Isidoro says:

      Fred, I want to thank you for your thoughtful words… I would like to point out just few things… It is so much easier to see the faults and weaknesses of those we disagree with than to recognize our own… The media is money driven on both sides and tends to emphasize the sensational and the controversial because it boosts ratings. The term “Fake News” is thrown at everything the right or left disagrees with… The truth is most news is biased, far less is all “Fake”… I believe we need to spend a little more time considering how our words are received and work harder at speaking the truth in love… I believe there is One Who is the Truth… I believe we don’t always see Him that clearly… Dare to look for the truth in others and build on it as we share what’s been put on our hearts… Peace…

    • Billy Isidoro says:

      WE all need to look at OUR own hypocrisy. WE all need to stop demonizing those WE disagree with. There is plenty of intolerance and hate to go around… WE need to start listening more and condemning less… WE need to stop being intolerant in the name of intolerance… WE need to stop trying to figure out which side the
      the other guy is on and dare to see him on OUR side… I’ve always marveled at the irony of anti-war protests that turn violent… WE need to fight aggressively to understand and work together to find a way forward with those we disagree… WE need to remember the words of that great Republican (no I’m not talking about Donald Trump ) Abraham Lincoln who quoted the Bible when he said, “a nation divided against itself cannot stand”…

    • Jennifer Bateman says:

      Woah there, Fred. Look at your own words and check your anger for signs of hate. “THEY vs. us” mentality is what lands us right back into atrocities. Its not all-or-nothing with left/right—it’s never that simple. Be careful with name-calling and generalities—they don’t hurt my feelings in the least bit, but they dehumanize those who disagree with you. H-t—- and his minions dehumanized 6 million innocent people before killing them. Feel free to call me any name your vitriol can spew. I’m doing all I can to call out and avoid the patterns that could lend themselves to a terrible repeat of history.

    • Susan Etter says:

      I think you are right in your thinking Fred. I too heard of the Bernie Sanders staffers saying all Republicans should be rounded up , put in concentration camps and reeducated, (meaning brained washed into their way of thinking). That does sound a lot like these German concentration camps.

    • Davida says:

      Fred, there is NOTHING for which to apologize…and in the USA you are entitled to your own opinion. Your words were a passionate reminder as to what CAN happen and did.

    • Korey says:

      Nazi’s were Socialists, Bernie and the rest of the Leftists are socialists. So you’re right except for the different ideals part. Same ideals 75 years later. It’s just a shame some half of this country can blindly follow in that direction.

    • LW says:


      You are correct. The President of the United States is being called racist, fascist, Hitler, Nazi and worse. None of these accusations are remotely true.

    • CatherineR says:

      Fred, Project “Veritas” (“truth”) is misnamed. It is a well-known disinformation outlet. Don’t let them scare you. You’re not being persecuted.

    • Sunny says:

      There is a division promoted by fake news or propaganda, ANTIFA ISN’T MUCH DIFFERENT THEN THE WHITE HOODS. I understand you’re saying, we need to not be complacent when the Sparks of Hatred are so close. This day reminds us of many many things….how easily ppl were decieved to not know of the horrors going on right under their noses…. til late.

    • Denise says:

      Not just the Democrats are spewing hatred. Our President made fun of special needs people at THE PODIUM during one of his rallies. He also told a Hispanic reporter living in America legally to “Go back to Mexico,” again at the podium during one of his rallies. He encouraged violence during his rallies. And before you start calling me Snowflake and other undesirable names Republicans use for Democrats, I am a republican, but I don’t believe in bullying people who don’t share my same views. A bully is a bully, there is no political divide. And, with the state our country is in right now, we had better remember what happened all those years ago, because I sure can see it happening again.

    • C says:

      Fred, I hear you and understand you, others need to stop and listen instead of continuing the judgment.

    • Connie says:

      Reread what you just wrote, FRED. Given the chance, it sounds to me that you would be no better than those vile Nazis. Instead of labeling and hating based on religion, you are hating based on differing political/ideological beliefs. Hypocritical and putrid. You exactly like them….

    • Fred says:

      Well Connie, you and Kevin must be good friends, as you both can’t seem to see the hatered in your response to me. I harbor no hate, but am being accused of it by those of you who simply have different opinions than l. Have a nice day. Shed the hate, you’ll feel better.

    • Debra Schwitzer says:

      Well, you were doing okay until you lumped them all together and started to raise your voice. It made me think of those you were speaking against, except I can’t accuse all non-conservatives of thinking or doing the same thing. It always starts small with one finger pointed accusingly, however those other fingers are aimed at the one speaking. We study and talk about history so we learn not to repeat the truly horrible parts of human history.

    • phred says:

      Well Deb, you like many on your side, simply misconstrued what what l was trying to point out! Antifa who claims to be “anti-fascist”, are in fact themselves fascists, as the riot and burn down businesses not even involved in their conflict. Same goes for Black Lives Matter. They riot, burn down their own neighborhoods, protesting “police brutality”. Don’t break laws, don’t beat up your wives and girlfriends, and shoot your neighbors, and walla, no more “police brutality”! Get a grip Deb! Face reality! Don’t blame me for your la la land of fantasies and lack of reality! This is not an ideal world where everyone has been brainwashed to worship an almighty government! Some of us still worship God, in an unperfect world of corrupt, self serving politicians and those gullible to swollow their BS as promoted by their prophaganda division, the MSM. ‘Sorry if l offend you Deb, but at 79 yrs old, that’s the way it has all added up, like it or not. It is what it is! Like it or not! Welcome to reality…..sometime in your future…..l hope!

  4. Barbara says:

    My dad had to help clean up concentration camp s. He never talked about it.

    • Jim says:

      Bless your Dad. It reminds of something i read about even evil beings turn away at the horrendous things we humans can do to each other.

    • Wendy says:

      My dad did this horrible job also. He had been ststuibed in France and was told would be returning to the States. Plans were changed. My dad did return home to his wife, my mom.
      They had 5 children and lived the working class American life.
      Dad only mentioned what he saw and had to do very minimally, and I know it affected him….he was a family man who never spoke a mean word about anyone…he passed away after his 65th birthday when I was 22 years old.
      Tomorrow would have been his 100th birthday!

  5. The world must never forget what can happen if not watched carefully and not overcome by the devil.

    • Hilary says:

      Perhaps not the same as the death camps but war has continued to ravage many communities, cities and entire villages all over the world! Yemen, Syria, parts of the Congo and Africa, Sarajevo and Rwanda before that. We must do our part to shed love and light into the world and help those who seek vengeance and violence to not become the haters but help them to forgive. Let us all become part of the solution and visualize a world of tolerance and peace

  6. Frank Bates says:

    I can not believe there are those who don’t think it ever happened on this day there should be TV specials ,Libraries should promote historical books whatever it takes so people don’t forget this unimaginable horror so it can never be repeated

    • G.H.Gates says:

      What a wonderful idea Frank!! It should also be taught in all High Schools. I do have to put my two cents worth in this message for FRED, so please forgive me.
      -Fred. I do wish you would pay a bit more attention to the history. You brag up the Great USA to a point that it sickens me. The Australians, Canada and England did just as much to help win that war as did the Americans and also the indigenous people played a big part by using their own language to fool the Germans. AND, Please listen to and watch all the other News and TV stations other than FOX!

    • Kagie says:

      The awful truth about what we should and shouldn’t teach our children is that teachers very often shy away from topics that might cause upset and controversy. I work in an elementary school…granted it may be said that this is too young to introduce this type of history, but when do you start. One of our young 4th grade teachers today introduced a new book to the class about a girl that had to leave Vietnam to flee the war. I waited for her to make a comment about what the Vietnam War even was but she didn’t mention it. It’ll be interesting to see if the topic of war comes up during the next several days as the students read and how it is handled. My experience is that teachers gloss over potentially disturbing topics to avoid the criticism.

  7. Mary Watters says:

    Such a terrible time in our world I got to visit this place of death So sad that people could be so full of hate It will happen again if our country keeps up its hate that we are seeing today

  8. L Casagrande says:

    “We do not have “brown” children Forced into concentration camps. Their family chose to come to our borders in hopes that they would be able to cross our borders without having to go through the legal process of gaining entrance. We do not kill these “brown” people or force them into labor camps or perform bizarre medical procedures on them. To accuse or compare the US to what happened in the holocaust just shows your ignorance.

    • LW says:

      I agree, L. Casagrande. The conditions at our border are not in humane in the least. Indeed, much effort is being made both by border officials and non profits to treat these illegals at our border with dignity. The comparison to victims of the holocaust is outrageous and is pernicious propaganda.

    • Shirley says:

      Fred, I get what you are saying. Hang in there we are behind you!

  9. Chrissy says:

    The holocaust was a horrifying time. These atrocities were done to innocent people who were just living their lives. Diane’s comment does not belong on here, but since it is here (and she very cowardly turned her reply button off), I will address it here too. The difference between the Jewish people and the “brown skinned children at the border today” is the Jewish people were innocently going about their lives and started being herded into camps and forced to wear the stars and be tattooed, and then forced to watch as their loved ones were slaughtered. What do you think should happen to the “brown skinned children” when their parents are arrested for breaking the law by coming here illegally? Should they be left to fend for themselves on the streets? Should they be adopted by Americans before their parents’ court cases come up? Should they immediately be sent back to their country of origin? What is the solution? As it stands, they are being treated like any other child after their parents are arrested.

    • Peggy Neumann says:

      I have no words to properly address your post. I agree that there are grave differences between the Holocaust victims and the children being held in cages at our boarders. There are several things that are untrue in your post, but none more so than saying that they are being treated no differently than all children of incarcerated persons. Children of persons who are sent to jail or prison are placed either with family members (first choice) or foster parents by Social services.

    • D girard says:

      It happens in stages. The Holocaust didn’t happen overnight. What is happening at the border is but one stage. These children are taken from their parents, and many haven’t been reunited. They are not getting medical care, and are living in unsanitary conditions. Investigators are not allowed to go in. Reporters are banned at these sights. Does that not arouse suspicion? The vast majority of these migrants are asylum seekers, and have applied LEGALLY to be here. Read up on it.

    • Shari Pratt says:

      Yes, your correct, the children were brought here, to the US by their parents hoping to gain entrance without going through the usual channels, but why are we still holding the children? Why didn’t we send them home with the parents? Why are they living in human sized cages with fire proof blankets on cold hard concrete floors? Some are as young as one year old. And they cry,

    • Elizabeth Lanson says:

      Exactly. There is a huge difference between innocent Jewish people among others persecuted by the Nazi’s and not supporting illegal immigrants frim entering the country. HUGE difference!!!!!

    • Andrea says:

      Many people do not u deter and the atrocity happening at our border is the separation of families without proper record keeping. When anyone is arrested inside the US, they given access to legal counsel, at least allowed to make phone calls. They are innocent until proven guilty and given a chance to contact relatives to care for their children. The lack of this humane process; the psychological damage done to the children detained and then sent to live with strangers, is what causes us to compare their detention to the detention of Jews in Hitlers Europe.

    • QF says:

      The parents of those children caged at the border did not come illegally. They came to the border to request asylum, which is not illegal. In response to their request, Trump and his minions imprisoned them and their children.
      Supporting these actions against asylum seekers does make you less moral than those who do not. It is not a matter of opinion.

  10. donna Sinclair says:

    This is all so sad,and never should be forgotten,
    this day should be remembered just as we remember Nov 11

  11. Michelle says:

    This was the result of a very intense propaganda program, ‘brainwashing’ an entire continent! We have to be more aware of the inconsistencies and outright lies in our technological communications. We need to be braver about speaking out against intolerance and inequalities in our country, the supposed ‘land of the free’! These atrocities DID happen to human beings BY human beings. By staying silent, we are allowing the hatred to be spread. By inaction, we are saying it’s okay with us. I pray,(yes, I am a Christian, a Catholic, a descendant of immigrants), I pray every day for our people, our leaders, our country.

  12. Patti says:

    My Father and Mother in Law were at Auschwitz.

    They were 16 and 15 respectively when the Russians liberated them and the others held there 75 years ago.

    May their Memory be a Blessing

  13. Fred ciesla says:

    My dad was in the army and did clean up work there. It totally messed him up for the rest of his life. Prior to the war I understood my dad was a kind person afterwords a wife and child beater crawled in a bottle from Nov-Apr. Died at age 50 never spoke about what he saw or did.

  14. Penny says:

    Jewish Prayer Of Remembrance
    by Jack Riemer and Sylvan Kamens

    In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them.
    In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.
    In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.
    In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.
    In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.
    In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.
    When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
    When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.
    When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them
    So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
    as we remember them.

    • Darli says:

      Beautiful. Thank you

    • Marianne says:

      Thank you. I’m “borrowing” this….

    • Hilary says:

      Penny, thank you for posting this prayer of remembrance. It is heartwarming and beautiful❤️

    • PAT says:

      This prayer is beautiful. I would like to share this with my congregation. Please let me know if this is acceptable to you. [email protected]

    • jsrobertson says:

      And may they always be remembered.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Can I please use this prayer with my people? My husband and I are ministers in a Christian church.

    • Nancy Fiala says:

      Oh, so beautiful. It is for all the victims and the people who were there to free them. My husband’s family was Czech , his uncle was in Buchenwald. These refugees were hated in Germany when they fled to the Americans away from the Russians. NEVER AGAIN !

    • K says:

      Thank you Penny for sharing that

    • klanda says:

      Thank you! I too am borrowing this!

    • This is what needs to be said. There is so much hatred, and ignorance going on. People be they brown, black ,white,yellow, red, or whatever. We are all of one race, the human race, and that can’t be changed. When we let our leader lie, make fun of anyone that stands against him. It’s time for everyone to have a history lesson. Our for father’s would not stand for this. If you don’t believe in the atrocities committed by Hitler, turn on your history channel and get educated.

    • Donna R says:

      That is beautiful! Thank you

  15. Mike says:

    “Brown children” ARE NOT forced into concentration camps. They ARE NOT rounded up to be exterminated. They arrived illegally in the US with their parents and are fed, clothed, and sheltered until they are either admitted or deported. So drop all this “brown children” crap. There is NO equivalency between that and the horrendous murder of 6 million Jews. NONE!

  16. Julie Gmitter says:

    Please stop using the comment section of this blog to argue. Ignorance and hate and lack of love of one’s brothers and sisters are what fueled this atrocity in the first place. Please, stop!

  17. Joyce Dalenberg says:

    Those of you that can should visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A visitor needs the entire day to cover all the information. The gift shop is full of great information. A book that I would recommend is “In My Hands memories of a Holocaust Rescuer” by Irene Gut Opdyke. The audio compact discs takes seven hours of listening. Irene’s name (1932-2003) is on the Museum wall and is well preserved on these pages and in this audio version. Her voice is captured as she gives an opening. Those interested should listen to Irene’s voice from the past.

  18. Carole Cook says:

    I was engaged to a man who’s father survived this horrible place. I only found out by accidentally seeing the tattoo numbers on his arm after rolling up his sleeve to wash his hands. I said something to him. He said that was a past he never talks about to anyone, not even his children. He was a small child at the time and lost most of his family. He and his son have both passed now.

  19. Watts says:

    To read of the holocaust as I do frequently breaks my heart. The atrocities that those innocent people had to endure were so cruel and inhumane. I have visited one of the concentration camps and the feeling as you go through the gate is overwhelming. You can feel the sadness weighing down on you. I have also been to the holocaust museum in D C and the the visual of all of the shoes that were collected and other items really puts into perspective the enormity of what Hitler did.. Having said this, always remember so it won’t be repeated and God bless the souls of those who perished and God bless the survivors.
    Without knowledge of history and mindfulness history will almost always be repeated.

  20. Taylor L Firtick says:

    today is my birthday

  21. Frances says:

    Let us not forget what happened there.
    Let us correct what is happening what is at OUR boarder with Mexico and the children and parents that have been separated.

    I pray we remember those that are killed for no other reason than their religion, nationality or skin color.

    We are all the same in God’s eyes.

    • MRC says:

      I once heard a man say that the Holocaust was “God’s way of thinning the population.” How do you even have a discussion with someone who has the intelligence of a dial tone?!

  22. jim says:

    Imagine, the soviets liberated all those people and went on to do the same thing the Nazis did for years until Reagan changed things!

  23. Sonjia Bradshaw says:

    my uncle was a marine on the islands of the Pacific. he, too, would never speak of what happened there. One day, not long before his death, he took me aside and shared photos and stories from his time in the pacific. The images were horrific. He had his personal camera & shot photos, but later his private camera was confiscated. He didn’t realize it was against the Marine Code, but he never disclosed that he had a full roll of film of photos he’d already shot. Those images—not military sanctioned—were the untold stories of the islands. we tend to forget how awful the pacific theater with the Japanese was. Their camps were barbaric, too.

  24. Ronald K Reuse says:

    Everyone should go to a Holocast memorial site. The one in Wash D.C. was where i visited during the Million Man March in D.C.
    It is hard to imagine man’s unhumanity to his fellow man, but it was real. There is no real denying it.

  25. Pat says:

    A lovely lady who I knew was in the Holocaust and for years she gave talks at schools so the the awful situation wouldn’t be forgotten.
    Someone asked her to be interviewed. It is posted on YouTube. Google Rene Tully.

  26. Voter says:

    Lt Webb – I understand your response regarding the comparison between Nazi concentration camps and what is happening at our border. There are real differences in the degree of torture and cruelty perpetrated by Hitler and that by Trump. But I would like you to see that conditions are very unfavorable at the border as well. Refugees are kept in crowded, filthy, conditions and children are left to cry because they can’t be with their parents anymore. Babies. Furthermore, most are fleeing violent conditions at their home countries and IT IS NOT A CRIME, NOR IS IT ILLEGAL to seek asylum in this country. But refugees are being treated as criminals or worse.
    There is a slippery slope that we are on and I fear that if Trump is re-elected, we will find ourselves perpetrating more than the cruelty he currently approves of. It will become ‘legal murder’, similar to Auschwitz.

  27. S Brkn says:

    Reading the comments that are posted here. It went from the Jews to about me, me, me very quickly. I am saddened by the tragedy that was put on these souls. Please no bickering.

  28. Donna says:

    There is an Auschwitz section at the Jewish Museum in NYC. It’s there until august. I’m going in two days. Hope I can handle it emotionally. So important to remember and pay tribute to this horrific time in history. So important.

    • Hello Donna,
      I live in New Zealand,my Grandfather ,a Jew, was a Prisoner of both World Wars..He was not at Auschwitz, but at Red Rock Canada WW2.
      This was also a terrible camp fo r Jewish people although no comparison to Auschwitz or other Nazi camps.
      I was s interested in the NY Jewish museum you are about to visit ,it has given me another lead into the search for my Jewish grandfather who entered Blaine Washington on a Refuge Visa 1953 and has not been heard of since.
      I have just finished reading the Tattoist of Auschwitz and the sequel Citka.
      Best Luonie Collie

  29. Steven Parks says:

    Sad to see the USA moving in the same direction as Nazi Germany, with the same type of ruthless leader supported by the American Christian Taliban, a citizenry with the same attitudes and beliefs as the Nazis.

  30. William Hancock says:

    The Nazi’s killed an estimated 7 million Jews, Gypsies (Romany) and Slaves. Joseph Stalin killed appoximately 20 million of his own contryman. Today human trafficing, antiSemitism, and religous perseqution still exist.

  31. Jessica says:

    Horrible crime and I feel it’s holocaustic that the US has such a horrible healthcare system. Any options on my statement ?

  32. PittyParty says:

    You know everyone is talking about how we should not forget this atrocity near while in America we have removed all the historic statues depicting the a civil war that fought to the rights of others and pitted brother against brother because people find history racist. Schools are not teaching History any more the way its was so it will be forgotten and repeated.

    • Jim Newcomer says:

      Do you mean monuments to the people who were enslaved (legally) for over 100 years, generation after generation, in our country? I agree, people should not forget this atrocity. History is racist in a certain sense, mainly I think, in the sense that the central issue in all of American history, as Mark Twain pointed out, is slavery and our recovery, if it ever is complete, from it. In this context ‘our’ means all of us, brothers and sisters who are both black and white. We are making progress, but we’re sure not there yet.

    • Kevin Barrington says:

      Nice Trumpian deceitful try. People dont find history per se racist. The civil war should be thought. But white supremacist southerners should be shown as the Nazis they were. I doubt you ever travelled to Germany. But you won’t a single statue to a Nazi leader. Statues like those in the south dont educate, they celebrate. So you try to use the holocaust to trumpet Trumpian fascism. Nice touch.

    • I would type a response back to Kevin but his grammar is so utterly atrocious that I can’t even try to figure out what this individual feebly attempted to put down in words. Sir, you need to return to 2nd Grade and start learning how to even approach the English Language. I have a PhD in English and am absolutely APPALLED that folk like you exist!

    • Phred says:

      I’m note very good with the English language or proper grammer of it either, you might find me appalling also. However l do agree with you to the extent that Kevin is pathetic ignorant rube with a typical case of TDS. Poor soul. Kevin, please take (at least) two aspirin and call your “shrink” in the morning. You may need additional help to handle what is commonly known as the truth. God Bless Kevin, as l believe there may still be hope for you once you abandon your hate for your fellow American’s who might not agree with everything you believe. Have a nice day.

    • Theron Snell says:

      I also have a PhD, but I think you have crossed a line with your post.

  33. Valerie says:

    My father was a Captain of a tank unit with the 5th Iniskilling Dragoon Guards who liberated prisoners of labor camps in Brussels and France. Horrible times for all.

  34. Jim Newcomer says:

    It would be easy to overlook the other, similar campaigns since both the Germans under Hitler and the Russians under Stalin established concentration camps that systematically eliminated people they deemed “others,” including millions of Jews. We need to remember recurrences of that phenomenon in other places more recently – in Cambodia, Ruanda, Croatia, and even more places where intolerance has been preached by leaders and accepted as virtue by followers. Hannah Arendt wrote about Adolph Eichmann, the German civil servant who organized and administered the whole program called the ‘final solution.’ He maintained that he was only following orders, and in fact he was just doing what he had to do to keep his job. We have people in our own midst – most of us in fact – who do what is necessary every day just to keep our jobs. We are all ‘only following orders’ in more or less abusive situations. Recently an executive of an American corporation that was actively selling fentanyl and other opioids that killed thousands of Americans was sentenced to prison. His defense? “I was only following orders.” He had sales quotas to fill. And yes our government is confining refugees and children in inhumane conditions, notwithstanding that the real dangers they face at home have been so terrible that they were driven to carry their children as they walked hundreds of miles (Think from Wyoming to Texas.) in order to escape the threats of gangs and murderous bosses and neighborhood bullies who thrive because of economic conditions our country determines. And the border agents who imprison them maintain that they are ‘only following orders.’ So I urge us all to be conscious of the danger that any of us could be called upon to join in a movement of hate and oppression carried on by the bureaucratic organization we work for, whether a corporation or a government agency, and feel that we had no choice but to follow orders. Otherwise we would lose our jobs. What is the price of resistance? What was the price for the Germans who resisted evil? or the Cambodians? Or the Ruandans? Or the Croatians? Or the guards in El Paso? Or the American drone pilots who routinely murder people their organizations assure them are our enemies? Who of us is willing to pay that price? (I keep hoping that there are many, but it’s like courage: you never know how courageously you will react until you’re faced with the actual emergency.) Let’s hope many of us will step out and refuse to be the oppressors. And let’s remember the lives lost in the Holocaust as well as the other mass killings and imprisonments organized by bureaucratic organizations at the disposal of movements of hatred and intolerance. The threat will never go away. The answer that I hope for is that the awareness of people – and their courage – will maintain our democracy against such threats.

    • Lizzy says:

      This is a Holocaust reminder that should be taught and shown. Why is it that people have brought illegal immigration into this. Let’s keep what happened in the Holocaust as a Reminder of what can happen. It is not the same. People make choices to be illegal and many are not running from violence. The Jews and innocents were dragged from their homes very different.

    • Sharien says:

      One day per year or the moment it takes to write this is not enough to truly honor all the lives lost and suffering known by so many. Just not enough.

      I am thankful that there is at least one assigned day for remembrance. To remind us and reignite our commitment to “never again” …. not to anyone by any measure.

      It seems to me, in light of more recent history, living out this committment takes a great vigilence. And an allergy to complacency.

      I’m not sure if our border situation is comparable to the holocaust in total, a stage of it or not at all. Or whether we sully the sacred by the discussion.

      Grateful for the reminder that at our border human families with human hopes are separated. Children miss their moms. And their future is uncertain.

      I hope that by remembering that each one is a part of my human family who I simply have yet to meet; I can also add to the honoring of those who knew the holocaust.

    • Kevin Barrington says:

      The first act of courage required wld be to imprison the corrupt perverted child-leching dictator that is dragging the US into the moral cesspit of history. Organise agitate vote. Purge the scum.

    • Fred says:

      Kevin, you’re exactly the kind of person l was referring to in my response to this article, and l got criticized for it by some just like you. Your hatered and the hate others like you have for those of us who just may have a different opinion than you or those like you, is what is tearing our country apart. I didn’t like the direction President Obama was taking us, but l didn’t have a desire to cause harm to him, his family or his supporters. I, like many others just voted for the candidate who we felt would take us in the right direction, and so far l and those like me are impressed with our choices. Get over it Kev! Relax! Let go the hate. You’ll feel all the better if you do! Then in November, vote for the candidate of your choice, and whatever the outcome live with it, like l had to when BHO was sworn in. I didn’t like it, but l didn’t hate!

    • Amy says:

      Yes well said

  35. Lt. Webb…you’re wrong. Immigrant CHILDREN have no choice to stay home. They go where their parents take them. The difference between the immigrant camps housing innocent children and the Jewish camps is that there are no gas chambers………yet.

    • Davida says:

      Diana, stop drinking liberal kool-aid…there is NO comparison between illegal entry into USA and concentration camps in which innocent men, women and children were murdered.

    • Susan Cintron says:

      So maybe the parents are responsible for what’s happening to their children? What is your solution? Gas chambers at the border? Really?!!!!

  36. Ivan says:

    but remember – was not the only “holocaust – only the one remembered by those with money In fact, it was the smallest with about 6 million Jews killed! This is compared to the over 35 million Chinese were killed by the Japanese. Stalin killed from 20 – 60 million. But these people are not remembered as they don’t have the power or money that the Jewish people have.

  37. Gale Touger says:

    Remembering is a start. Let’s go further: tell the stories of the holocaust. Tell the stories of Japanese internment in the US, the Chinese killed by the Chinese. Tell the stories of Latin American children ripped from their parents arms, neglected and sexually abused by people employed by our tax dollars

  38. LOG says:

    Fred- Quoting “Project Veritas” is spreading a lot of BS from the putz who did the job on ACORN.

  39. RYAN BEASON says:

    Visualize Whirled Peas!!
    I can do that!!!
    You put them in a blender with some water, then hit the “purree” button and you will see all the whirled peas you want!!!

    I think we all need to step back and remember on this day the words of Simon Weisenthal when he said: “we remember lest we forget!”

    The comments above indicate that we remember!


  40. Gloria Kinney says:

    King Herrad of Jesus’s time ordered all children under the age of 3 years to be murdered to hopefully get Jesus killed. So this has been going on for an endless time

  41. Anita Bergeron says:

    It totally pisses me off today that our young people and the conservatives believe we need to let history behind and move on. No! No! No! We need to remember so that we never repeat history.

    • Eileen Araujo says:

      Heartbreaking that the hatred on this earth will continue for a long time. Being the eternal optimist I pray everyday for goodness. BUT we should remember the past, so we can be smart enough not to make the same mistakes.

    • Rusty says:

      There are too many liberals on this post for me! Bye

  42. Have any of you scrubbed your floors today....get over it and let the past be the past.. says:


  43. Mike says:

    Diane is an idiot…

  44. Judy says:

    Republicans are Red, democrats are blue, and neither one give a flying [email protected]€÷ about you.
    We need to realize that politics divides us. Hate divides us. Love will prevail

  45. Jeff says:

    my uncle was there he told me what it was like lets hope this would never happen again

  46. Pam Gersh says:

    The children at the border, separated from their families, alone and being sexually and emotionally abused are absolutely relevant to this post. It took the Nazis over 12 years to get to the mass execution stage. It all started with hate speech against a particular group, discrimination, ostracizing them, isolating them and then finally murdering them. It doesn’t matter if they weren’t ripped from their homes like someone said. They were ripped from the safety of their parents. Get a clue. This wasn’t about religion, this was about targeting a group of people with hate.

  47. Arlie says:

    I read an article awhile back that stated young people were interviewed who had no idea what the holocost was. I was appalled . The history of these horrific events should be taught in schools, so that all are aware, and that we never forget, especially as history does tend to repeat itself.

  48. Sharon Wren says:

    My father was an MP who saw camps after they were liberated. He never talked about it and died when I was 7, so I never had the chance to ask him. My mother died when I was 18 and I never thought to ask her for many details. Does anyone know if General Spahtz was at this camp? That’s who Dad guarded.

  49. Predi says:

    We are Christian must support Jews. Hitler was crazy man, after dying his mother, he run away from home cause he did not stay with his father. Germany was lower crisis economy that time, every thing is going high, there are many beggers anywhere but Jews no impact. They can eat cause their business keep going. Hitler who had not eat yet for several day, saw in a restaurant who Jews ate freely even abondent. After Sunday Service and church gave some bread for people. Hitler who saw Jews’ pride, cause ate freely and did not care others. Hitler hated Jews even he was Jew. Hitler went to military and kept his carrier and one day 6 million died because of meal.
    We must care others, our liver not for ours.

  50. Jen says:

    I am shocked by some of these comments. As a great granddaughter of a German Jewish great grandmother it makes me sick to read them. My GG left with nothing but the clothes on her back and her cookie recipes in her bra. If she didnt get out when she didnt I wouldnt be alive today. She was very brave for what she did. I personally have been to Auschwitz. Listening to my tour guide seeing the museum and memorials changed my life. Before comparing Auschwitz to the horrible things going on at the boarder, you should really do your research. Both are not the same and I pray everyday that we will never happen again.