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January 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


January 27, 1945 is the day the Auschwitz concentration camp in modern-day Poland was liberated by the Soviets, nearly eight months before the war officially ended. By the time they arrived though, many of the inhabitants had been sent out on a death march. When the Soviets arrived at the camp, around 7,000 people sick and dying people remained. In the five years it was open, an estimated 1.1 million people were killed at the concentration camp, around 90 per cent of whom were Jewish.
The remainder were a mix of nationalities including Romany people, Soviets and Polish. One in six of the Jews killed in the war died at Auschwitz as part of Hitler’s Final Solution.
Between 1942 and 1945 Jewish people were brought into the camp from across Europe by train and then massacred in gas chambers. January 27 also marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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