Tag: Concentration Camps

At Auschwitz, Survivors Plead ‘Never Forget’

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, Poland — In a solemn ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the last living witnesses to the crimes that took place in this Nazi concentration camp testified to their experience and called on others to never forget. Many were frail, walking only with the support of friends or relatives. They […]

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Before the Liberation of Auschwitz, a March of Misery

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, Poland — Along a desolate stretch of road in southeastern Poland, a dozen miles from Auschwitz, there is a graveyard. Candles and fresh flowers cover nearly all the marble tombs. But in the corner stands a large black marble slab separated from the rest. “Forty-two victims, women, men and children, prisoners from the Auschwitz […]

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75 Years After Auschwitz Liberation, Worry That ‘Never Again’ Is Not Assured

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, Poland — Even before the gas chambers were destroyed and the savage toll of years of industrialized mass murder revealed to the world, prisoners at the largest Nazi concentration camp were already repeating two words: Never again. But as the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz approaches, an occasion being marked by events […]

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My Grandmother Kept Telling Us About the Nazis. Now I Know Why.

This is the first account from a new project called “Beyond the World War II We Know,” a series by The Times that will document lesser-known stories from World War II. Though much of the project will focus on the end and aftermath of the war, our first dispatch takes us back to 1939, when […]

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