Harrowing Auschwitz photos show clothes and prosthetic legs of Holocaust victims seen by liberating forces 75 years ago – The Sun

A BROKEN doll and piles of spectacles, false legs, clothes and shoes bear witness to the countless lives cruelly snuffed out in the Holocaust.

Images of belongings stripped from doomed inmates in Auschwitz, Poland, reveal the horror that unfolded there as the world marks 75 years since the death camp was liberated. 

Images released by the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum starkly evoke the tragedy which saw more than 1.1 million perish. 

The largest Nazi death camp was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on January 27, 1945.

The day is commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day worldwide.

Auschwitz-Birkenau was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps.

Operated by Nazi Germany near Oswiecim in occupied Poland during World War Two, it was the central site in Adolf Hitler’s so-called "Final Solution" and the Holocaust. 

It is estimated that at least 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz, and 1.1 million died there.

This included 960,000 Jews, 74,000 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Roma people, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and up to 15,000 other Europeans. 

Prisoners who were not gassed in chambers died of starvation, exhaustion, disease, individual executions and beatings, or were killed in medical experiments. 

Since 1947, the site houses a memorial and museum that also offers guided tours and an education centre.

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