Remembering Auschwitz 70 Years After Its Liberation

On This Day 70 Years Ago, the Concentration Camp Auschwitz was Liberated by the Soviet Red Army


On this day, January 27, 1945, the Soviet Red Army liberated Auschwitz, the largest German concentration camp and one of hundreds of Nazi death camps responsible for unspeakable acts committed onto humanity during World War II. Auschwitz alone is said to be responsible for the death of some 1.1 to 1.6 million Jews, Romanis, Slavs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, gays and homosexuals, and persons with disabilities.

In total, the Holocaust imprisoned, tortured and killed approximately 15 to 20 million people, although exact figures are nearly impossible to calculate because of the monstrosity that occurred, destroyed records and lack of record-keeping.

On May 7, 1945, Nazi Germany officially surrendered to the Allied forces, effectively ending the European conflict in World War II. But so much of Holocaust remains with us today, including hundreds of survivors scattered around the world who are in their late 80s, 90s and even one who passed away last year at the age of 110.

This is also made possible by the efforts of countless museums dedicated to preserving the testimony of these survivors and ensuring no one forgets the horrors that went on at the hands of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. Such is the goal of the Florida Holocaust Museum and its director, Elizabeth Gelman, who joined us on Your Wake Up Call this morning to talk about the liberation of Auschwitz and the impact of the Holocaust.

Learn more about the Florida Holocaust Museum here.

Your Wake Up Call with Chris Markowski and Jenna Laine airs every week day from 6-9 a.m. on AM 820 News in Tampa and 1190 News in Orlando.