On the 27th of December 1945 Soviet troops were met by a sight that they never could have imagined. As the soldiers walked through the gates of the cocentration camp they got to see thousands of emaciated detainees and piles of corpses, that were left behind by the nazis and the rest of the 60 000 prisoners that were forced to move to another location.
"Arbeit macht frei"- Work makes you free
Auschwitz, which was active between 1939-1945 was originally meant to be a detention center for political prisoners, but evolved into a concentration camp where the Nazis sent e.g Jews, artists, homosexuals, invalids and others that didn't fit into the nazi Germany. Auschwiz was divided into 3 divisions that could fit over 100 000 prisoners at once, and it is estimated that at least 1 million people died in these horrific camps. It is hard to calculate though as people unfit for work were killed instantly upon arrival and weren't documented as Auschwitz prisoners.
Corpses of Auschwitz prisoners
What can we learn from Auschwitz?
I think it is very important that we never forget the terrible things that happened in Auschwitz, and the rest of Germany during WW2. To make sure that something like this never happends again we need to teach about it in schools everywhere, so that young&old understand the damage that extrem nationalism and racism can do. This was not the work of one man, Hitler; but rather by the whole German nation that suported and actually gave him the power. It is impossible to understand how the German people, and especially the SS soldiers actually supported Hitler after seeing the terror that he made. I'm not saying this to blame it the Germans, but because we need to understand that if this could happen to them, it can happen in any country. The important thing however is to look forward and remember that everyone has the right to live free and express their opinion, independent of their race, religion and other differences.