Holocaust Museum Marks Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

by Genevieve Long for The Epoch Times

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland in a ceremony Wednesday to honor the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi killing center of the Holocaust, was liberated by the Soviet Red Army. More than 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered at the camp.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is mandated by Congress to lead the nation in Holocaust remembrance.

The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Jan. 27, 1945, was established by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day for the world to honor the victims of the Holocaust.

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Facts About the
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Visitors to the Museum
•Total: 29.6 million since opening in April 1993.
•Visitors have been 34 percent school-aged children; 12 percent international; approximately 90 percent non-Jewish.
•Dignitaries: 88 heads of state; more than 3,500 foreign officials from over 132 countries.
Collections and Reference Services
•Art and artifacts: More than 12,820 objects, averaging 5-6 new items a week.
•Archives and Photo Archives: 49 million pages plus 138 million images recently received from the International Tracing Service, 82,000 historic photographs and images, 20,000 available on Museum Web site.
•Meed Survivors Registry: 199,473 survivors and their descendents registered.
•Film and Video: More than 1,000 hours of archival footage; 220 hours of outtakes from groundbreaking film Shoah; 1,000 research requests annually.
•Library and Oral History: 84,600 items in 55 languages; more than 9,000 oral history testimonies, and access to 51,000 oral histories from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute.
•Senior Historian’s Division: 669 research requests January-September.