Today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On January 27 1945, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by Soviet troops.

The above image shows just some of the thousands upon thousands of wedding rings confiscated by the Nazis from victims of the Holocaust. These rings were found by US troops after liberating Buchenwald in 1945.

(Department of Defense)

Tears of a concentration camp survivor on 68th anniversary of Buchenwald liberation where Nazis killed 56,000 men 

With tears in his eyes as he holds roses in his left hand, Petro Mischtschuk poignantly stands on the grounds of a Second World War concentration camp where more than 50,000 people lost their lives.

The 87-year-old Ukrainian survivor of the appalling Buchenwald yesterday laid flowers at a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the camp outside Weimar, eastern Germany.

Jews, non-Jewish Poles and Slovenes, religious and political prisoners, Roma and Sinti, Jehovah’s Witnesses, criminals, homosexuals, and prisoners of war died in the camp between 1937 and 1945.

(Source: The Daily Mail)


The Liberation of Buchenwald.

On 11th April 1945, American forces liberated the prison camp at Buchenwald, Germany. 

It was estimated that nearly 57,000 prisoners (mostly Jews) perished in Buchenwald during its eight-year existence as a Nazi concentration camp.

  •  Free Inmates of the concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, march to receive treatment at an American hospital after the camp is liberated by General Patton’s 3rd U.S. Army troops, in April 1945.
  •  Survivors gaze at photographer Margaret Bourke-White and rescuers from the United States Third Army during the liberation of Buchenwald, April 1945.

Never Again: Avi Mayer’s Photo Essay on Buchenwald. 

The gate building at Buchenwald. The tower clock commemorates the moment of liberation: 3:15 pm on April 11, 1945.

The end of the rail line at Buchenwald. More than 250,000 people were deported to the camp during the Holocaust.

The Buchenwald camp fence. It was charged with 380 volts and was considered impenetrable.

Account of the liberation of Buchenwald, by U.S. Army Chaplain Rabbi Herschel Schacter

Block 22, one of the Jewish barracks in Buchenwald. It is now the Jewish memorial.

The Jewish memorial at Buchenwald, with a quote from Psalm 78:6: “So that the next generation might know them, even the children not yet born, and they, in turn, will tell their children.“ 

The Buchenwald prison, the dreaded "Bunker.” Prisoners were held in 6'9” x 4'6" cells. Many died after being tortured. Others were executed.

Shavuot service conducted by U.S. Army Chaplain Rabbi Herschel Schacter in Buchenwald, weeks after liberation.

The cruel Buchenwald motto, “Jedem das Seine” – “To Each What He Deserves” – on the camp gate, viewed from the outside.

Photo: Avi Mayer.

…All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes—all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and to remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but wherever men walk God’s Earth.
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