The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.”

The grounds and buildings of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau camps are open to visitors. It is an intensely sobering experience to witness the sheer scale of the the sites.

The Birkenau camp is a sprawling complex of mostly wooden shacks, with only the chimneys remaining. The rail lines are still intact. Here, human souls, were selected for immediate murder in the industrial gas ovens. The ovens were partially blown up before the Nazi’s fled. The Auschwitz camp, which is smaller and made from mostly brick buildings, houses memorials coridoors showing pictures of murdered victims of the barbaric Nazi brutality. There are entire rooms full of shoes, prosthetic limbs and suit-cases. One room consists of nothing other than millions of wire-framed glass frames.