Wednesday marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27 is the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, when 7,000 prisoners of the German Nazi camp were liberated by the soldiers of the Soviet Army.

The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was the World War II genocide of the European Jews, along with millions of others. Between 1941 and 1945, across German-occupied Europe, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered some millions of Jews.

The Nazis murdered over 6 million Jews, and millions of others, including LGBTQ+ people, Roma, Poles, Jehovah’s Witnesses, people with disabilities and more. On Wednesday, people around the world are paying tribute to victims and survivors of Holocaust. Around two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population was lost to the Holocaust.

76 years ago today over 7,000 prisoners of the German Nazi Auschwitz camp, including some 700 children, were liberated by the soldiers of the Soviet Army. 1,689 days of murder, pain, suffering, and humiliation were over. Today we all remember. We must remember.

According to the Auschwitz Memorial organization, between 1940 and 1945 German Nazis deported a calculated 1.3 million people to Auschwitz. 1.1 million of which were Jews, an estimated 150,000 Polks, around 23,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet POWs and 25,000 others including almost 400 Jehova’s witnesses and at least 77 homosexuals. Around 1.1 million people were murdered in Auschwitz, 90percent of which were Jews.

Out of 1.3 million deported, 400,000 became prisoners of the camp while 900,000 people were murdered in gas chambers after arrival. The estimated number of people murdered in the German Nazi Auschwitz camp is 1 million Jews, 75,000 Poles, 21,000 Roma, 14,000 Soviet POWs and 12,000 others.

Zack Benz

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