Auschwitz – 27 January 1945

75 years ago today, on January 27, 1945, over 7000 prisoners of the German Nazi camp were liberated by the Soviet Army. It was day 1,689. Nazis had deported 1.1 million Jews, 150 thousand Poles, 23 thousand Roma, 15 thousand Prisoners of war and 25 thousand others to Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945. 1.1 million Jews were murdered. ( All images:@AuschwitzMuseum)

Sunday Seven – Liberation of Auschwitz

Arbeit Macht Frei – Work makes You Free. The sign was made by an inmate who put the upside down B as a gesture of defiance.

On Jan 27, 1945 – 75 years ago – the Soviet Army liberated over 7000 prisoners at Auschwitz. These quotes are from survivors of Auschwitz, with the exception of the first quote that is so powerful that I wanted to include it in this list.

  • Wenn es einen Gott gibt muse r mich um Verzeihung bitten. (If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness). Unknown, Mauthausen Concentration Camp prison cell wall.
  • All of a sudden you are told to leave it all and walk out with a single suitcase. Irene Fogel Weiss, Survivor
  • I realize that loss of faith in people is more devastating than loss of faith in God. Irene Fogel Weiss, Survivor
  • I had survivor’s guilt. Edith Eger, Survivor.
  • So, let us be alert – – alert in a twofold sense. Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake. Victor E Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning.
  • No matter what I accomplish, it doesn’t seem like much compared to surviving Auschwitz. Art Spiegelman, Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began.
  • To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all. Elie Wiesel.
  • Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. Elie Wiesel.