On this day in 1945, the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp begins. The Soviet army were fast approaching, and the Nazi officials at Auschwitz had previously begun dismantling gas chambers to hide their crimes. Himmler ordered the evacuation as the Red Army closed in. 60,000 prisoners from Auschwitz were forced on a death march toward Wodzisław Śląski (Loslau) where they would be sent to other camps. Around 15,000 died on the way. 7,500 of the weak and sick remained, and they were liberated by the 322nd Rifle Division of the Soviet Red Army on January 27th 1945.