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 1942 to 1944, Jews, Sinti and Roma, 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 prisoners 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.
Romanian police have opened an inquiry into anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on the home of Auschwitz survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. One of the comments said Wiesel, who died in 2016, was "in hell with Hitler."
Germany's highest court has thrown out an appeal by Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck, saying her rights had not been violated. In a separate case, the court found that downplaying the Holocaust wasn't always a crime.
4,000 Sinti and Roma were murdered from August 2-3, 1944, in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Ten-year-old Mano Höllenreiner and his family barely escaped death — but not unspeakable horrors. Andrea Grunau reports from Bavaria.