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Liberation of Auschwitz

Updated 2:29 PM ET, Tue April 14, 2015
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A doctor, center, with the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army, walks with a group of survivors at the entrance to the newly liberated Auschwitz I concentration camp in January 1945. The Red Army liberated the camp on January 27, 1945. Above the gate is the motto "Arbeit macht frei," which translates to "Work sets you free." East News/Getty Images
Children are seen just after the liberation by the Soviets. About 7,000 prisoners were in the camp when the Soviets arrived. Those left behind were too weak or sick to move when Nazi SS officers forced nearly 60,000 prisoners to march west as the Soviets approached. AP
Ivan Dudnik, a 15-year-old Russian, is rescued. The teen was described as insane from the treatment at the camp. Sovfoto/UIG/Getty Images
Civilians and soldiers recover corpses from common graves shortly after the liberation. Historians estimate more than 1 million Jews, Gypsies, Soviet prisoners of war and Poles were murdered at the camp. Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images
Three prisoners talk with Soviet soldiers who liberated them. AP
Female survivors in the barracks at the camp. Hundreds of prisoners were housed in the crowded quarters. Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images
Survivors of Auschwitz stand behind a barbed wire fence. Some of the children are seen wearing adult clothing they were dressed in by Soviet soldiers. Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images
Soviet soldiers are seen with liberated prisoners. Sovfoto/UIG/Getty Images
Prosthetic limbs taken from executed prisoners are seen in a pile at the camp. AFP/Getty Images