- July 24, 1944 - Russian troops liberate the first concentration camp, at Majdanek.
- January 6, 1945 - Russians liberate Budapest.
- January 17, 1945 - Liberation of Warsaw by the Russians.
- January 27, 1945 - Russian troops liberate Auschwitz.
- April 4, 1945 - Ohrdruf camp is liberated.
- April 10, 1945 - Allies liberate Buchenwald.
- April 15, 1945 - Prisoners freed at Bergen-Belsen.
- April 29, 1945 - U.S. 7th Army liberates Dachau.
- April 30, 1945 - Americans free 33,000 inmates from various concentration camps.
- May 5, 1945 - Mauthausen liberated.
Those that survived the concentration camps had a hard time moving on with their lives. Many were missing their homes and families. Because of this, there was a large increase in displaced persons following the war.
American Soldier Writing About the Dachau Camp:
Dead SS troopers were scattered around the grounds, but when we reached the furnace house we came upon a huge stack of corpses piled up like kindling, all nude so that their clothes wouldn't be wasted by the burning. There were furnaces for burning six bodies at once, and on each side of them was a room twenty feet square crammed to the ceiling with more bodies - one big stinking rotten mess. Their faces purple, their eyes popping, and with a hideous grin on each one. They were nothing but bones & skins.
Father Edward P. Doyle, a chaplain in the US Army during WWII, participated in the liberation of Nordhausen. He recalls:
I was there. I was present. I saw the sights. I will never forget. You have heard the story many times before. On the night of April 11, 1945, my division, of which I was the Catholic chaplain, took the town of Nordhausen. The following morning, with the dawn, we discovered a concentration camp. Immediately the call went out for all medical personnel that could be spared, to be present. On that morning in Nordhausen, I knew why I was there. I found the reason for it - man's inhumanity to man. What has happened to that beautiful commandment of the Decalogue, the commandment of God to love one another?
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