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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Shabbos, January 27, 1945 in midst of a snowstorm Soviet troops arrived to the town of Oswiecim, Poland and liberated Auschwitz, Birkenau and Monowitz. In the weeks prior, more than 60,000 inmates, mostly Jewish prisoners were forced by the Nazis to march toward Germany. Some 7,000 prisoners in severely poor condition remained.
By mid morning the snowstorm passed. The Soviet soldiers came face to face with the horrors of Auschwitz.
The reports on Auschwitz was first published in Pravda on February 2, 1945 and then reported in the New York Times.
"Saved from "Murder Factory"
Moscow, Feb 2 (U.P.) - The newspaper Pravda reported today that the Red Army had saved several thousand tortured, emaciated inmates of the Germans' greatest "murder factory" at Oswiecim in southwest Poland.
Pravda's correspondent said fragmentary reports indicated that at least 1,500,000 persons were slaughtered at Oswiecim. During 1941, 1942, and early 1943, he said five trains arrived daily at Oswiecim with Russians, Poles, Jews, Czechs, French and Yugoslavs jammed in sealed cars."
Poignantly, at the time of the liberation of the most brutal Nazi camp, the newspapers devoted just 3 lines to it.
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