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27 January 2017

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust.

It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Roma, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during the second world war. On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops.

On July 2, 1947 Poland established a state memorial to the victims of Nazism on the site of the camp. An exhibition displays prisoner photographs, hair, suitcases and shoes belonging to the murdered prisoners.Canisters of Zyklon B pellets and other objects related to the murders are also on display.

It is considered a place of `dark tourism` which reflects visiting a place of associated with death and tragedy for the purposes of education, remembrance and commemoration

I visited the site in Poland with a group of History school students in 2012. I include these photographs as a commemoration to the victims. I do not include any captions in respect to those who were murdered but let the pictures speak for themselves.

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UNESCO added the camp to its list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. The site now attracts over 1.5 million visitors a year.

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