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On 27 January 1945, the Soviet troops discovered the concentration camp and extermination centre of Auschwitz-Birkenau

On 27 January 1945, while still fighting the Wehrmacht, the Soviet troops discovered the concentration camp and extermination centre of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The camp was situated to the west of Cracow in Poland and is considered today as the most emblematic venue of Nazi barbarism.

Since then UNESCO chose 27 January as the date on which to pay tribute to all Shoah victims. On that day we each year reaffirm our never-ending battle against anti-Semitism, racism and all other forms of intolerance leading to targeted violence against human beings.

Click here to see a video of souvenirs in pictures of 20 years of memorial trips organized for Belgian students by the ex IV-INIG and now the War Heritage Institute.