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Red Army commander recalls liberation of Auschwitz *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*04:47

Red Army commander recalls liberation of Auschwitz *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 27, 2020 at 09:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

Seventy-five years after the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army, a Commander of the First Ukrainian Front Ivan Martynushkin talked to RT in an exclusive interview on the first moments after entering the camp in January 1945.

The commander explained that he did not even know such a camp existed, and believed it was a German military base upon seeing it after the liberation of the city of Krakow, which is 60 kilometres (37 miles) away from the camp.

In the camp, he and his soldiers saw "exhausted and emaciated” people wearing dishrags. “We felt looking in their eyes that they understand everything going on,” Martynushkin describes.

Going through the camp Martynushkin watched prisoners laying on bunks and no longer able to stand up.

The horrors committed by Nazis still remain fresh in the memory of the Red Army soldier.

“They blew up the crematorium, and they did not even remove the dead bodies from around before blowing it up. So they were collecting these corpses, stacking them, they were putting lumbers and wood on them, then they were putting rows of corpses onto the wood, then lumbers and wood again and again. Then they were pouring over petrol set it on fire.”

When Martynushkin got to know what kind of camp Auschwitz was and who were the people there, he had “that gut feeling that each one of us could be where these people are.”

Auschwitz-Birkenau was a Nazi German concentration camp where at least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered during World War II.

Red Army commander recalls liberation of Auschwitz *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*04:47
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Seventy-five years after the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army, a Commander of the First Ukrainian Front Ivan Martynushkin talked to RT in an exclusive interview on the first moments after entering the camp in January 1945.

The commander explained that he did not even know such a camp existed, and believed it was a German military base upon seeing it after the liberation of the city of Krakow, which is 60 kilometres (37 miles) away from the camp.

In the camp, he and his soldiers saw "exhausted and emaciated” people wearing dishrags. “We felt looking in their eyes that they understand everything going on,” Martynushkin describes.

Going through the camp Martynushkin watched prisoners laying on bunks and no longer able to stand up.

The horrors committed by Nazis still remain fresh in the memory of the Red Army soldier.

“They blew up the crematorium, and they did not even remove the dead bodies from around before blowing it up. So they were collecting these corpses, stacking them, they were putting lumbers and wood on them, then they were putting rows of corpses onto the wood, then lumbers and wood again and again. Then they were pouring over petrol set it on fire.”

When Martynushkin got to know what kind of camp Auschwitz was and who were the people there, he had “that gut feeling that each one of us could be where these people are.”

Auschwitz-Birkenau was a Nazi German concentration camp where at least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered during World War II.

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