The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was the main site for the extermination of Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust. It was liberated on January 27, 1945.
January 27, the day Soviet troops liberated the surviving prisoners at Auschwitz is now commemorated as "International Holocaust Remembrance Day." From 1940 to 1945, Jews, Sinti and Roma, Poles, homosexuals and political opponents to the Nazis from all over German-occupied Europe were brought to the camp and its gas chambers. At least 1.1 million people died at Auschwitz, around 90 percent of them Jewish. The museum on the site of Auschwitz I and II is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a collection of DW's latest content related to the concentration camp.
Nigerian boy Omar Farouq has been sentenced to 10 years for blasphemy by a Sharia court. Now the head of the Auschwitz Memorial is offering to serve part of the sentence, slamming it as "disgraceful" for humanity.
Rudolf Höss was commandant of the Auschwitz death camp. His grandson Rainer warns of the evil of National Socialism, but also may have tried to make money from his family history. Now he has been found guilty of fraud.