70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz: Little girl and woman stand amongst dead bodies.

Auschwitz: Little girl and woman stand amongst dead bodies.

Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi extermination camps. This distressing footage was taken after the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army liberated the camp in Poland on January 27, 1945. The official death toll for this camp alone was 1.1million.

Also, International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on 27th January every year.  English MP Mrs. Mavis Tate shows proof of the holocaust with shots from her visit to a German concentration camp. Pathe was advised not to broadcast such horrors at the time but they went ahead and broadcast anyway. This Pathe newsreel showed the world at the time what atrocities had been committed.

“Germany’s crimes are no longer hidden from sight. At last the eyes of the world are opened. We believe it our duty to screen these pictures as a warning to future generations…” – Pathé News, 30 April 1945.

 

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