Tuesday marks 70 years since the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet forces during WW2. 300 holocaust survivors are expected to travel to Poland to visit the site of the former Nazi death camp for commemorations. The Nazis killed more than 1.1 million people at Auschwitz, most of whom were Jewish.
Chilling drone footage has been released showing the sheer scale of Auschwitz concentration camp ahead of Tuesday’s 70th anniversary marking the liberation of the Nazi regime’s largest death camp. The eerie video taken over the weekend shows an aerial view of the 40 square kilometers of inter-connected camps that imprisoned millions in southern Poland during the Second World War.
Included in the video are the 28 brick buildings that housed between 700 and 1000 prisoners at any one time, as well as the large villa that was the home of notorious camp commandant Rudolf Höss and his family during the four years he spent as the camp’s chief.
Also featured, is a bird’s eye view of Birkenau or Auschwitz ii, the extension in Auschwitz that was constructed from scratch in 1941 to facilitate mass murder.
Over one million people are said to have been killed at Auschwitz from the day it opened in May 1940, until the time it was liberated on 27 January 1945.
An estimated 90 percent of these victims were Jews, with Poles, Romani gypsies, Soviet Prisoners, and others deemed “undesirable” making up the hundreds of thousands of non-Jewish victims that were killed at the hands of the Nazis
Survivors say Kaddish in Auschwitz Monday, January 26 2015