On 27 January 1945 Auschwitz was finally liberated by Soviet troops. It still took the world more time to believe that humans could be so evil. This day is now remembered and commemorated as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The Holy Quran which addresses the Jews and the Christians as “children of Israel” had warned them in these words:
For this reason We prescribed for the Children of Israel that whoever kills a person, unless it is for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he had killed all men. And whoever saves a life; it is as though he had saved the lives of all men. And certainly Our messengers came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them commit excesses in the land. (Ch. 5 verse 32)
People did not heed this advice. And the powerful continued to kill the weak. Time has dimmed memories and except for those directly affected no one will today give even a fleeting thought to the carnage at the three Auschwitz camps. Although a large majority of those killed were Jews, there were many others such as Poles, Romani, Soviet prisoners of war, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and tens of thousands of people of diverse nationalities. Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labour, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments. The exact number of victims at Auschwitz is difficult to fix with certainty, as many prisoners were never registered and the SS destroyed much evidence in the final days of the war.
Shahid Aziz, President of the UK branch of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Associations for propagation of Islam, said:
It is sad that humanity has not learnt anything from these terrible events and has continued to behave a similar way. With memories of the Holocaust still fresh, on the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent millions of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs killed each other at the time of independence. Arabs were killed and uprooted in Palestine. There were, and still are, mass killings in Africa. Even Europe did not learn a lesson from the Holocaust as was evidenced by the massacres of Muslims in Bosnia.
Our hearts go out to those who suffered at Auschwitz and other camps and pray that such terrible events never happen again.