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Exactly 70 years ago today, the Nazi death camp in Auschwitz was liberated

The camp was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on 27 January 1945

Shoes from the Auschwitz camp.
Shoes from the Auschwitz camp.

JUST OVER 300 Holocaust survivors are expected to travel to Auschwitz today to remember the liberation of the Nazi death camp exactly 70 years ago.

Ten years ago, over 1,500 survivors travelled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary.

The decreasing number of people who survived the notorious concentration camps has meant there is more of a focus on bringing them together while they are still alive.

“In 10 years, for the 80th anniversary, we’ll not have this opportunity,” Pawel Sawicki, a press officer for the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum told CBC News in Canada.  

More than one million people were killed at Auschwitz in Poland during the Second World War, the vast majority of whom were Jews. An estimated 200,000 people were freed when the camp was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on 27 January 1945.

Here are some striking photos showing what the camp looked like then and now:

Exactly 70 years ago today, the Nazi death camp in Auschwitz was liberated
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    This undated file photo shows the main gate of the Auschwitz death camp.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    children wearing concentration camp uniforms behind barbed wire fencing as they were liberated from the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Three Auschwitz prisoners, right, talk with Soviet soldiers after the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Prisoners look out from behind a barbed wire enclosure. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Part of the Auschwitz war crimes court inspects the former Nazi extermination center in Poland in Dec. 1964.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    The sun sets behind the cloudy sky and the crematory.Source: Jens Meyer
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    Auschwitz camp entrance.Source: Czech News Agency/Press Association Images
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    Inside the camp.Source: Czech News Agency/Press Association Images
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    Shoes at Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland.Source: Czech News Agency/Press Association Images

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