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The Allies liberated Belsen Concentration Camp. Women, some still wearing their striped uniforms, prepare to leave.
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18/01/1945 Nazis evacuate 66,000 inmates from Auschwitz back into Germany.
27/01/1945 Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz. By this time, an estimated 2,000,000 persons, including 1,500,000 Jews, have been murdered there.
 
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04/04/1945 Ohrdruf camp is liberated by the Americans.
10/04/1945 Buchenwald Concentration Camp is liberated by the Allies.
15/04/1945 British troops liberate Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp and free approximately 40,000 prisoners. It is reported that "both inside and outside the huts was a carpet of dead bodies, human excreta, rags and filth."
29/04/1945 The U.S. 7th Army liberates Dachau Concentration Camp.
 
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02/05/1945 Theresienstadt taken over by the Red Cross.
05/05/1945 Mauthausen concentration camp is liberated.
 
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29/08/1945 The lists of the first war criminals to be tried at Nuremberg are drawn up by a 'Four Power' Commission of Prosecutors in London. Goring, Hess, von Ribbentrop, Dr Ley, Rosenberg, Dr Frank, Streicher, Keitel, Dr Funk, von Shirach, Dr Schacht, Sauckel, Prof Speer, Bormann, von Papen, Jodl, Krupp, Raeder, Donitz, Baron von Neurath, Seyss-Inquart and Frische are all named.
 
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18/10/1945 The first open session of the International Military War Crimes Tribunal indicts 21 top Nazis.
 
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20/11/1945
The Nuremberg trials begin, with Goring, Ribbentrop, Hess, Keitel, JodI, Raeder, Doenitz, Streicher and other top Nazis on trial.
21/11/1945 All the top ranking Nazis at Nuremberg plead innocent.
29/11/1945 Films of concentration camp atrocities are shown at the Nuremberg trials.
30/11/1945 Rudolph Hess causes consternation at the Nuremberg trials by announcing that he has been shamming insanity and amnesia all this time.
 
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14/12/1945 SS personnel convicted of atrocities at Belsen and other concentration camps, are hanged.
 

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