Wednesday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The United Nations designated January 27 as a day of remembrance to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Between 1940 and 1945, the Nazis deported 1.3 million people to Auschwitz. Of the 1.3 million deportees, 1.1 million were systematically murdered. Ninety per cent of those killed were Jewish. When the camp was liberated by the Soviet Army in 1945, 7,000 people were freed.
76 years ago today over 7,000 prisoners of the German Nazi #Auschwitz camp, including some 700 children, were liberated by the soldiers of the Soviet Army. 1,689 days of murder, pain, suffering, and humiliation were over. Today we all remember. We must remember. | #Auschwitz76 pic.twitter.com/63Z0DtshPi— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 27, 2021
COVID-19 restrictions mean the day must be marked virtually. The Auschwitz Museum live-streamed its commemoration of the memorial.
In less than an hour, at 4 pm CET, we will begin the online commemoration event of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. You will be able to watch it here or on our Youtube: https://t.co/NcgEuhVzh0— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 27, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement, saying “Today, I join Canadians in paying tribute to the over six million Jews who were murdered and the countless other victims who suffered under the heinous crimes perpetrated by the Nazi regime. The pain and loss endured during the Shoah will never be forgotten.”
Premier Doug Ford also marked the solemn occasion, urging all Ontarians to “take time to listen to the stories of survivors, learn from them, and grieve with those who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy.”
Read about final days of the operation of the German #Auschwitz camp, tragedy of evacuation, the moment of liberation by the Soviet Army on 27 January 1945, and fate of some 7,500 liberated prisoners in our online lesson full of testimonies of Survivors: https://t.co/hyEaUWEVbu pic.twitter.com/RGxkbLtKNV— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 27, 2021