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January 27th 1945: Liberation of Auschwitz

On this day in 1945, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland was liberated by the Soviet Red Army. One of the most notorious camps of Nazi Germany, Jews and others persecuted by the Nazi regime were sent to Auschwitz from 1940 onwards. During its years in operation, over one million people died in Auschwitz, either from murder in the gas chambers or due to starvation and disease. As the war drew to a close and the Nazis steadily lost ground to the Allied forces, they began evacuating the camps and destroying evidence of the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed there. The leader of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, ordered the evacuation of the remaining prisoners at the camp as the Soviet Red Army closed in on the area. Nearly 60,000 prisoners from Auschwitz were forced on a march toward Wodzisław Śląski (Loslau) where they would be sent to other camps; some 20,000 ended up in the Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany. However, thousands died during the evacuation on the grueling marches, leading to them being called ‘death marches’. 7,500 weak and sick prisoners remained in Auschwitz, and they were liberated by the 322nd Rifle Division of the Soviet Red Army on January 27th 1945. Auschwitz remains one of the most powerful symbols of the Holocaust and the horrific crimes committed by the Nazi regime against Jews and numerous other groups.

WW2 Sidearms
  1. Left Side – Allied Weapons of WW2 
  2. Right Side – Axis Weapons of WW2 

Clockwise from top left:

  • Colt 1911 (re-arsenaled for WW2)
  • Soviet TT-33 (with import added safety)
  • Soviet 1895 Nagant
  • French marked “Ruby”
  • Chinese used Mauser C-96 “Bolo”
  • British Enfield No2 MKI*

Counter-clockwise from top right:

  • U.S. Colt 1911 (re-arsenaled for WW2)
  • Soviet TT-33
  • Soviet 1895 Nagant
  • French marked “Ruby”
  • Chinese used Mauser C-96 “Bolo”
  • British Enfield No2 MKI*

Clockwise from top left:

  • Japanese Type 14
  • German P-38
  • German PPK
  • Finnish Contract Luger
  • Spanish Astra 400 (not a combatant, but definitely an Axis supporter!)
  • Hungarian 37M

Counter-Clockwise from top right:

  • Japanese Type 14
  • German P-38
  • German PPK
  • Finnish Contract Luger
  • Spanish Astra 400 (not a combatant, but definitely an Axis supporter!)
  • Hungarian 37M

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Today, January 27th, is the international holocaust memorial day. Today I learned that there are peole who do parkour on the Auschwitz - Birkenau memorial in Berlin, some of them with the title “jumping on dead jews”.
Now, for those of you who don’t know: January 27th is the day the allies broke into the Auschwitz concentration camp and liberated the jewish people who were imprisoned and starved there. The armies also witnessed the dead bodies, piled on the ground, the smaller piles, of glasses and hair, that were forcefully taken from the jewish prisoners. They saw the ovens and the ashes of 1.1 million jews.
As a Jewish girl, I am always so angry of my people’s history. The jewish people has always been chased and threatened, but the holocaust was different. It was an organized, modern, democratically voted genocide, committed by a country towards its own citizens, using technological means and a chain of command.

I am begging you - REMEMBER. Remember the suffering, remember the death, remember the horror. Remember the sacrifices, the war, the fighting. Remember the ones who died and remember the ones who survived. Remember the ones who committed murder and the ones who saved people from being tortured and killed.
Remember, so it will never happen again. To the Jewish people, to the Armenian people, to the Native American people. To anyone.

Remember the past so we could save the future. Please.