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January 20, 2015

big celebration to mark the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago on January 27th

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 12:20 pm
Prisoners marching out of Auschwitz after the camp was liberated

Prisoners marching out of Auschwitz after the camp was liberated

Today, I read a blog post that showed the photo above, which I also have on my website on this page:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Liberation2.html

This quote is from my website page which shows the photo above:

The photograph above shows some of the 5,800 Birkenau survivors, most of whom look like well-fed Polish peasants, walking out of the camp shortly after Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945. In the background you can see the wooden barracks buildings, with windows under the roof, and the posts of the barbed wire fence. These survivors are walking along the interior camp road that bisects the Birkenau camp from north to south, connecting the women’s camp with the new section of Birkenau, known as “Mexico.” This is a still picture taken from the Soviet movie which is shown at the beginning of the tour at the Auschwitz Museum.

The tall, skinny guy wearing an arm band is Dr. Otto Wolken, a medical doctor in the Birkenau Quarantine camp, who stayed behind to help his fellow prisoners when the Birkenau camp was evacuated. He was the first witness to testify at the Auschwitz Trial, held by the German government in Frankfurt between 1963 and 1965.

Excuse me, but I don’t think that this photo is suitable to illustrate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.  Surely, there are better photos which could illustrate how the prisoners at Auschwitz were humiliated, beaten, starved, and gassed to death.

5 Comments »

  1. I agree with you, furtherglory, that this photograph was NOT taken when the camp was liberated. None of the “liberation photos” were. And let’s remember, for the most part everyone had already left except for the hospital patients. Are these them, rising from their sickbeds? :-))

    Comment by Carolyn Yeager — January 23, 2015 @ 4:44 pm

  2. They don’t want the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to attend the “festivities” at Auschwitz.
    Wasn’t it Russian/Soviet/Red Army that “liberated” Auschwitz from non-existent guards?

    What a joke!

    Comment by Gasan — January 20, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

    • What is it with you, Gasan? Who is “they?” It is Putin who does not want to go and, true to form, he tries to blame his most convenient enemy of the moment for his “victimization.” And you fall for it? Putin is working hard to be seen as a martyr. Hmm, maybe he’s Jewish after all.

      Please go to http://jan27.org/news-views/ and read about Putin and the 70th Anniversary.

      Comment by Carolyn Yeager — January 23, 2015 @ 4:39 pm

  3. What is for sure is the MSM in most ” western ” countries will go into overdrive and I can say with some 100% certainty that the main front page pictures next Wednesday will show a famous sign and entrance ! interestingly I don’t recall a big hooha in 1995 , but then that was before the Holocaust became the state religion.
    Meanwhile the state organised genocide of millions known as the Holodomor gets no mention; maybe as it was brought about by Stalin’s willing executioners.

    Comment by peter — January 20, 2015 @ 4:25 pm

  4. I was not yet born on this day

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    Comment by Susan — January 20, 2015 @ 12:56 pm


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