Auschwitz-Birkeneau – “Arbeit macht frei’” – 75 Years Since Death Camp was Liberated

KL Auschwitz was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here.
KL Auschwitz was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here.

THUNDER BAY – The horrors of war are one thing. The horrors of the Holocaust which saw over six million Jews exterminated, because they were Jewish, is unimaginable.

The Death Camps operated under the Nazi dictatorship of Adolf Hitler saw people from across Europe gathered up, stuffed into railcars, and transported to their doom were arguably the clearest demonstration of just how low man can go in depravity.

Prisoners arriving at the Auschwitz-Birkeneau camp with the message “Arbeit macht frei’” – Work will make you free, was a lie that the captured prisoners were allowed to believe as they were worked to death in the camps.

Auschwitz was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here.

It is 75 years since the camp was liberated by Russian soldiers.

Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says, “75 years ago this week soldiers of the Red Army arrived in the death camp of Auschwitz-Birkeneau. They saw the face of true evil in the mass killings and torture that had taken place in this place.

“I am heading to Jerusalem to be part of the international commemoration of this historic moment. There is a small Canadian delegation and we will be with our Governor General Julie Payette. I am honoured to represent Canada as we remember the dead and pay respect to those who survived the evils of the Holocaust.”

Today the Nazi Concentration and Death camp is a monument and museum.

On Twitter, Auschwitz-Birkeneau is looking to reach 1,000,000 followers to make the anniversary.