Red Army Liberates Auschwitz-Birkenau

Red Army Liberates Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Entrance
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The Red Army reaches Auschwitz-Birkenau and liberates the remaning prisoners. The SS had ordered the execution of all inmates at Auschwitz to prevent their liberation by the Allies, but the chaos of the retreat before the advancing Red Army made this impossible.

Guards and staff evacuated with most of the prisoners on the 17th, leaving behind 7,500 who were too sick or weak to move. Those still alive are found by the Red Army on this date.

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