On this day sixty-nine years ago, the Red Army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Red Phoenix

Red Army liberators recall shock of Auschwitz

By Natalia Reiter
With additional reporting by Ron Popeski
Dated: 26 Jan 2005

KRAKOW, Poland, Jan 26 (Reuters) — When 60 years ago Anatoly Shapiro commanded his Red Army troops to secure a concentration camp complex in Auschwitz, he had no idea he was about to discover the biggest Nazi killing machine.

“We came upon groups of people in striped uniforms. They were no more than skeletons. They were unable to talk. They had a blank look in their eyes,” the 92-year-old told Reuters.

“We told them we were the Red Army and had come to free them. They began to feel our uniforms as if they didn’t believe us. We washed and clothed them and began to feed them,” said Shapiro, whose speech will be aired in Krakow during Thursday’s commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the camp’s liberation.

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