Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland liberated by Soviets 70 years ago this hour (Jan 27 1945)

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(Saturday, January 27, 1945, at around 3:00 p.m. local time; part of The Holocaust during World War II) — 7,500 prisoners (including Otto Frank, the father of diarist Anne Frank) at Auschwitz, a network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps near the German-occupied Polish town of Oswiecim, were liberated this afternoon as soldiers of the 60th Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front marched into the camp, ten days after 58,000 detainees were evacuated under guard, largely on foot.

At least 1.1 million prisoners had died at Auschwitz, around 90 percent of them Jewish (approximately 1 in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust), since operations began in May 1940.

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