On January 27th of 1945, the concentration camp Auschwitz was liberated by troops of the Soviet Union. While liberation of more camps continued throughout 1945 (and many camps didn’t close officially until much later due to being adapted for other purposes after liberation), Auschwitz was certainly one of the most widely known. Due to many accounts of the Holocaust being from those held in Auschwitz and it’s sheer size it became a symbol for the Holocaust as a whole, and thus January 27th became International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The conflict of World War 2 and the horrors of the Holocaust have been explored by many authors, working to educate children all the way to adults about the experiences of those who survived and working to remember those that did not. To commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, take a step to learn more about the Holocaust with these excellent historical fiction stories working to capture these dark moments in history.