The Liberation of Auschwitz

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 The liberation of Auschwitz

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On 27th January 2015, hundreds of survivors of the Holocaust met at the Auschwitz concentration camp to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of its liberation.

There were three hundred in total, mostly in their eighties and nineties.

The very fact that there are still three hundred survivors of that terrible experience who are still fit and well enough to travel there shows just how huge the exterminations were.

Of course, they were children when they were in the camp.

That’s because every Jew (or gipsy) was a suitable subject for the gas chambers. Only those who were useful, were kept back.

That usefulness could take many forms. As the public discovered to their horror after the war, some victims were ‘useful’ because they were subjected to barbaric medical experiments.

Take a look at the genuine documents you see here. You don’t have to understand German to be able to interpret ‘krematorium’.

You can also see that this is the schedule for just one day – the 23rd June 1943 – and shows that a total of 4,756 people were sent to the ‘krematorium’ that day.

This too gives us some idea of the scale of the horror.

When the survivors gather, they wear scarves striped in blue and white. That because their scanty uniforms were made from a blue and white striped material.

Although the people who attend the memorials are remembering the family and friends they lost, their main focus is looking to the future. As one survivor said:

We do not want our past to be our children’s future

The following video explains that ten years ago, there were 1,500 survivors who attended the memorial. In 2015, this number had dwindled to just three  hundred. 2015 might be the last time that large numbers of holocaust survivors get together. Soon there will be no-one left who remembers the horrors at first hand.

 

 

 


 

 

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jackie Jackson, also known online as BritFlorida, is a highly experienced designer and writer. British born and now living in the USA, she specialises in lifestyle issues, design and quirky stories. You can see a wide range of articles here, or visit her website Tastes Magazine. See The Writer’s Door for more information.

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