Soviet forces liberated Auschwitz 70 years ago in January 1945. Through the spring of that year, Allied forces liberating other camps brought to light the full extent of the Holocaust. Explore Museum collections that provide unique perspectives on liberation and what its legacy means for us today.
The Museum hosted the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, for a major policy address. Drawing on the lessons of the Holocaust, he stressed the necessity of prioritizing atrocity prevention today.
The Museum is greatly concerned about the alarming worldwide rise in antisemitism. This unique hatred has manifested itself in societies around the globe and presents a serious danger to Jews and others as well.
The silent footage shown in this video is from film that was taken by a Soviet military film crew over a period of months beginning on January 27, 1945, the day that Auschwitz was liberated.
The film from which these scenes are excerpted can be viewed online: