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27 January 2008

Holocaust Memorial Day ...

Hands up who knew what today is the 63rd anniversary of ?

And with hand on heart, who knew - without looking it up - which army actually did the historic deed? (We've blanked it out below.)

27th January -- 1945:

Auschwitz death camp liberated

The =**=**= Army has liberated the Nazis' biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz in south-western Poland.

According to reports, hundreds of thousands of Polish people, as well as Jews from a number of other European countries, have been held prisoner there in appalling conditions and many have been killed in the gas chambers.

Few details have emerged of the capture of Auschwitz, which has gained a reputation as the most notorious of the Nazi death camps.

Some reports say the German guards were given orders several days ago to destroy the crematoria and gas chambers. Tens of thousands of prisoners - those who were able to walk - have been moved out of the prison and forced to march to other camps in Germany.

Little did we know that we had arrived at a place, the name of which would become as well known and remembered as any battle in the war.

Read the rest of the relevant BBC report of that time -- and find the answer to our earlier army question.

And incidentally, today in Liverpool, our own home city and current European Capital of Culture ...

All faiths commemorate Holocaust

The Archbishop of Canterbury joined the Chief Rabbi to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a ceremony in Liverpool.

Read the rest of this report re; our own city's solemn remembrance service.

*(Cross posted at Appletree)

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Anonymous xxx said...

I find no mention of this in American media. Does the US not "remember" on this day? Not even Jews?

11:41 pm  
Blogger dubhaltach said...

I knew but that's because I'm married to a woman whose grandfather was a Jew smuggler and who when the Germans caught up with him was sent to Neuengamme concentration camp. The photos of him after the camp was liberated are very distressing.

Rick you and your readers might be interested in and revolted by what British fashion designer John Galliano is up to.

some examples:

1, 2,

7:03 am  
Anonymous kiwi said...

I'm sure I've seen watch-towers like that somewhere else ~ very recently. Somewhere like Gitmo.

And while there are no oven or gas chambers there, God alone what really goes on behind those barbed wire fences. I wouln't mind betting they're electrified too.

10:20 am  
Blogger Sean Jeating said...

A bit late, but still - and on the risk of carrying coals to Newcastle:
Initiated by former German President Roman Herzog in 1996, January 27th is the 'Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism, since.

Watching what's happening outside my village on this globe, I do wonder, though, if any 'Remembrance Day' has been and/or will be able to change anything for the better.

:) Well, as long as there are bloggers like you, there might be still hope.
Have a nice weekend, 'old Brit' [with all respect].

8:11 pm  

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