Hundreds of survivors returned to the Holocaust’s infamous concentration camp, Auschwitz, to mark the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. World leaders, including the presidents of Germany and France, joined about 300 survivors at a commemorative event at the Polish site on January 27,2015.
About 1,500 survivors returned in 2005. Many of the remaining survivors are now elderly and were children and teens when they were held in the concentration camp.
The site opened as a museum in 1947.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was notably not in attendance during the commemoration, even though the Soviet army was responsible for liberating the camp in 1945.