Remembering 66th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz

Jan 27, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC– On the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, U.S. Congressman Cicilline (D-RI), co-sponsored a resolution recognizing the importance of ongoing efforts to fight racism and intolerance.

“This resolution is an expression of deep respect for the millions of Jews and others who were brutally killed during the Holocaust and keeps the memory of these victims alive 66 years after the liberation of one of the most horrific Nazi concentration camps,” said Congressman Cicilline. “Today we recommit ourselves to fight anti-Semitism, bigotry and intolerance.”

Auschwitz is the site of the largest mass murder in human history. Between 1940 and 1945, approximately 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz. Of those, more than 1 million died there, including at least 960,000 Jews, 74,000 Poles, 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and as many as 15,000 members of other nationalities, including Czechs, Yugoslavs, French, Germans and Austrians.

Auschwitz was liberated on January 27, 1945 by the Soviet army.