Auschwitz 75th Anniversary

Cat Moe

Auschwitz is a well-known, devastating tragedy. Many lives, including young children were stolen away in this horrific concentration camp. January 27 of this new year was the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camp. 

To celebrate the liberation anniversary, 200 survivors and officials gathered at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Among the many people that gathered, some happened to be politicians, including Ukraine’s president, volodymyr Zelenskiy and the Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin. The Polish and German presidents, Andrzej Duda and Frank-Walter were also present. 

Duda took time to discuss Poland’s invasion in his speech, and how they lost 6 million of its citizens in the war, half of them being jews. Poland had apparently fought Germany and warned the world of the mass genoicide to come. 

Also taking the time to speak was Bat-Sheva Dagan, age 94, who described her head being shaved and her arm tattooed upon arrival. “Where was everybody?” She asked, “where was the world who could see that.” More than a million people, the majority being jews were murdered in the gas chambers. 

Despite the growth and celebration of the liberation, tensions have risen as people are pointing fingers at countries. There’s theories of countries such as Poland and Isreal having collaborated with the Nazis. Though, these theories seem to just be a game of false accusations in an attempt to start a fight. 

In the time being, survivors and supporters are just gathering to celebrate the freedom and liberation they deserve after the horrific events that took place at Auschwitz. 

Holocaust survivor Marian Turski, age 93, said he would probably not live to see another major anniversary at Auschwitz. “So please forgive me that there will be some emotions in what I’m going to say,” he started. His speech was directed at the younger generations listening. He understands that young people today feel detached from the horrors of the Holocaust.

“Auschwitz did not fall from the skies,” he said, recalling the growing anti-Semitism in Germany in the 1930s. “It was approaching until what happened here, behind me, did happen.”