Sixty seven years ago, a horrific place known as Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet army. It was January 27th, 1945, the untold horrors still haunt the hearts, and minds, of the bravest who marched in; along with any persons that some how survived.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum notes the liberation of seven thousand prisoners. However, 1.1 million persons were killed, including Polish dissidents, Soviet prisoners of war, Gypsies, the disabled, homosexuals, and persons of several Christian religious sectors.
On A Personal Note:
I remember being a teenager in high school, and taking public transporation. On a few occasions I would gaze over at the person next to me; what would the person’s face tell I wondered, what would it reveal? The shirt matched the whiteness of his hair, his short sleeves unable to hide what his face did not show. I glanced over to see the now wrinkled skin of his arm, which still showed the etching of numbers on his inner fore arm; I wanted to do so many things at this moment, but mostly I wanted to make sure I remembered. I traced the numbers over, and over again in my mind, but some how I could not remember them, only him! The indelible person that he must be, as I sat quietly next to him I knew that some how, some way, live goes on; in the magnificent story of a survivor, life continues. I can still feel, and remember, his strength. – LifeDelicacy
Pam Gaulin – Yahoo.news January 27th 2012
AP photo Katarzyna Guratowska- Poland
BBC-Press Office- Auschwitz 2004
- Kazimierz Smolen, Director of Auschwitz Memorial Site, Dies at 91 – New York Times (nytimes.com)
- Auschwitz…..67 years on…. (andrewazzopardi.org)
- International Holocaust Remembrance Day (foraslanandvolstate.wordpress.com)