January 27th is International Holocaust Memorial Day. This marks the anniversary of the day in 1945 that the Auschwitz death camp was liberated by Soviet troops.
The horror of what was perpetrated there is well-known.
At least 1.1m people, mainly Jews from all over Europe, were killed, the majority in the gas chambers.After the end of World War Two Auschwitz was turned into a museum and memorial.
While the day is an auspicious day of reflection at the brutality and inaction of the conscientious, one can not but draw parallels, however far removed, to the present day concentration camp called Gaza.