About 200 Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp survivors gathered January 27, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp. They shared stories and memories of their time in Auschwitz. But the survivors all had one clear message: they never wanted something like this to happen again.
Auschwitz was located in Poland and operated by Nazi Germany during World War II. It is known for being the largest death camp, with at least 1.1 million people being killed there. In 1945, when the Soviets approached the camp, inmates were sent to the front lines, straight into the line of fire. The Soviet forces then liberated the camp, setting free the remaining prisoners.
Many survivors gathered at Auschwitz to remember all who died there, one of them being Edith Notowicz. Notowicz was a victim of the camps and was even experimented on by Nazi SS doctor Josef Mengele, who was an infamous doctor at Auschwitz that liked to do experiments on inmates. She had said this about returning to the camp: “I want to return there as a free person. I want to light a candle for those who did not come back. I owe this to them. They were unknown to me but they were human beings.” Now, 75 years later, she revisited Auschwitz and remembered those who suffered there and did not make it out.
Along with the survivors and their families, many diplomats from all over the world attended. They were all there to bring attention to this horrible period in history in hopes that something like this never happens again. The main focus of the day was to those who survived and those who were lost.