Five Things to Remember About Auschwitz-Birkenau

Today039551, January 27, 2015, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. My friend Henry Zguda survived nearly a year in Auschwitz. A friend saved his life by getting him a job in the kitchen. He wore the red triangle of a political prisoner, with a “P” in the middle for “Polen/Polish.” Here are five things to remember about Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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70th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz

electric-wire-compressed-leftJanuary 27, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz. In 1945, Russian troops reached Auschwitz and “liberated” the camp abandoned by the fleeing Nazis. Though many world leaders and delegations will assemble in unity, Vladimir Putin has not been invited and will not attend. The omission of an invitation seems wholly justified at this time but is no reason to forget the approximately 15,000 Soviet POWs who died there.

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