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The Anguish of Liberation and the Return to Life

The Anguish of Liberation
Yad Vashem Photo Archives, 8E04
Three Polish Jews liberated by the Red Army – Auschwitz, Poland, 1945

In the afternoon of 27 January, 1945, Red Army soldiers entered Auschwitz. They found 7,650 weak and sick prisoners. The Germans’ hasty retreat made it impossible for them to evict the last prisoners and force them onto a “death march”. The Russians documented the horrific scenes they witnessed, in thousands of pictures and many films.