Holocaust survivor reads a poem to mark 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Holocaust survivor reads a poem to mark 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation.

Next week marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Nazi Germany’s largest concentration and extermination camp, where more than 1.1 million men, women and children were murdered between 1941 and 1945.

Fusion partnered with the USC Shoah Foundation to mark this historic anniversary and the commemorative events taking place around the world on January 27, the day when in 1945, the Soviet Army arrived at Auschwitz.

This video blends images from our recent visit to Auschwitz with the words and voices of two of the camp’s most remarkable survivors: the writer Primo Levi—best known for his account of his year at the camp, If This Is A Man—and Roman Kent, the president of the International Auschwitz Committee.

We hope our video is a small but worthy contribution to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. As Levi wrote in his poem “Stranger”:

“For you and for your children, the ashes of Auschwitz are a warning…that the terrible fruit of hatred, whose traces you saw here, will never grow a new seed, neither tomorrow nor ever.”

You can follow the tributes and conmemorations around the anniversary on Twitter by using #Auschwitz70

Video by Danilo Lauria and Alex Ohannessian. Music by Sebastian Kauderer. Words by Jordi Oliveres.

Special thanks to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.