American soldiers and French troopers of the 3rd Algerian Spahis and 7th Chasseurs d'Afrique inspect a Panzer V ‘Panther’ Ausf. A #331 of I./Pz.Rgt 4 (1st Abteilung, 4th Panzer-Regt), abandoned on the SR.82 road, north-east of Pico, in the Province of Frosinone, Italy. May 25 1944
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.
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.