Jan. 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day,
a day designated by the United Nations to commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz-
Birkenau on Jan. 27, 1945 and honor the six million Jews and five million others murdered by the Nazis.
Located in Oświęcim, Poland, about 40 miles west of Kraków, Auschwitz now functions as a museum and education center,
a tourist attraction through which more than 536,000 people visited in 2021 alone.
But it is also a cemetery, a graveyard of bones and hair and the stolen shoes of the 1.1 million men, women and children,
a vast majority of whom were Jews, murdered in the camp’s gas chambers and crematoria.
Seventy-eight years after the infamous Nazi death camp was liberated by Allied forces
, the ashes from human cremains commingle with the clouds and sky above.