27 January 2015

On This Day: Auschwitz Liberated

Auschwitz Death Camp was liberated On This Day in 1945. The Soviet army entered liberated approximately 7,000 people in Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Monowitz. The majority of those 7,000 - mostly European Jews - were too old, too young or too ill to survive the Death March to another camp. These 7,000 were essentially left to die.

The exact number of people sent to Auschwitz may never be known. It is estimated that approximately 1.2 million people were sent there and that 1.1 million of those died in the camp.

Photo:
Public domain image of child survivors liberated in January 1945. Source: Wikipedia.

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.