AUSCHWITZ | 1995-2015

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On 27 January 1945 the most notorious of Nazi Germany's concentration camps in the small Polish town of Oswiecim, hereafter seared into the collective memory as Auschwitz, was liberated by advancing Soviet forces.

It is estimated that between 1.1 and 1.5 million Jews, Poles, Roma and various other 'undesirables' were either gassed on an industrial scale or died of disease and starvation in the less than three years of the camp's operation as a dedicated extermination facility.

70 years after the liberation, the number of eyewitnesses who are still alive today is diminishing fast.

The Polish government, with financial help from countries and organisation from around the world, is now in charge of maintaining the buildings and grounds and preserving the memory for future generations.
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