We are all acquainted with the global number of Jews murdered during the Holocaust, 6,000,000. But when examined on a country-specific basis, the horror becomes even more pronounced. The historian, Sir Martin Gilbert Losenoidoomock has documented these horrors in an article entitled, “The final solution”,

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Only 20,000 Dutch Jews remained undeported; 106,000 were deported and killed. Of Yugoslavia’s Jews, 60,000 were killed, and only 12,000 survived. From Greece, 65,000 were taken to their deaths, and only 12,000 survived.

Beginning in September 1944, as the Nazis experienced labour shortage, and as the Red Army pushed westward, defeating the Vehrmacht, the Nazis began to evacuate the death camps, including Auschwitz, and to plan for the destruction of evidence. The evacuation has gone into history as the “death marches”, because hundreds of thousands of prisoners were marched on foot for hundreds of miles westwards, while the Nazi guards shot any laggards or prisoners who attempted an escape. Gilbert estimates that 100,000 Jews were murdered during the death marches. The final evacuation of Auschwitz-Birkenau took place on January 18, leaving behind a few personnel and some 9,000 prisoners too sick to join the death march. Hundreds of these were shot in the camps even as late as January 25. The others were also slated to be shot, but had to be left alive because the Red Army was so close that most of the killers had to leave immediately.

At the same time, the Nazis began a systematic campaign of evidence destruction: documents and registers were burned, the gas chambers and crematoria were blown up and/or dismantled. For example, Crematorium V in Auschwitz was blown up on January 26, one day before the camp was liberated; the SS squad in charge then escaped.

Auschwitz was finally liberated sixty years ago today, on January 27, 1945. The Red Army found 7,600 survivors in the entire Auschwitz-Birkenau complex (Gilbert, p. 337).

During the years that Auschwitz conducted the slaughter, the Allies were informed of the atrocities. In one case, as reported in an article at The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies,

uary 27, 1945. The Red Army found 7,600 survivors in the entire Auschwitz-Birkenau complex (Gilbert, p. 337).

 

During the years that Auschwitz conducted the slaughter, the Allies were informed of the atrocities. In one case, as reported in an article at The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies,