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Yad Vashem This Month in Holocaust History
May
May 1945, Women in a camp barracks in Gusen Concentration Camp after liberation

May 1945

Women in a camp barracks in Gusen Concentration Camp after liberation

The Gusen concentration camp was liberated on May 5, 1945, by American troops, Only after the liberation of these camps was the full scope of Nazi horrors exposed to the world. The small percentage of inmates who survived resembled skeletons because of the demands of forced labor and the lack of food, compounded by years of abuse and persecution. The survivors faced a long and difficult road to recovery.