The liberation of Auschwitz is remembered 70 years later

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HOUSTON, Texas -- Seventy years ago today, soldiers were horrified to discover the atrocities in the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, the place where one-million people were tortured and killed, most of them Jewish.

"One minute in Auschwitz was like an entire day, a day was like a year and months an eternity," described Roman Kent when he spoke at an event in Auschwitz, Poland.

Across the world, as part of the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorations take place remembering the liberation of the concentration camp.

At the Holocaust Museum Houston, the heroism of Raoul Wallenberg was celebrated. Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat, saved nearly 100,000 Jews from the fate of Auschwitz and other death camps like it.

"He defined his mission very clearly, to try to save as many Hungarian Jews as ever possible from the death in the hands of the Nazis. He issued passports actually, that he handed out to people," explained Sweden's Embassador to the United States, Bjorn Lyrvall.

Though few survivors remain, some tell stories of people who helped them evade the nazis.

"I stayed throughout the war with a Catholic family in the Southwest of France," recalled Elise Windland.

Michel Windland tells a similar story, "Placed, hidden in the country in the middle of France in Roure area. We stayed there until the end of the war."

Six million Jews perished at the Nazi`s hands, but if not for the heroism of a few, countless more may not have been able to tell their stories.

"Good people took me in and saved me," said Elise Windland.

Ambassador Lyrvall added, "It shows that one man can make a major difference."

Survivors and their descendents agree that the current rise of anti-Semitism is frighteningly similar to their past.

"We survivors do not want our past to be our children's' future," Roman said as he wept.

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