On January 27th, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated the Nazi death camps in what was then known as Auschwitz, Nazi Germany. Auschwitz was a network of concentration camps built and operated in occupied Poland by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. It is estimated that the SS (Schutzstaffel) and police deported at least 1.3 million people to the Auschwitz complex between 1940 and 1945, and more than a million of them were exterminated in gas chambers.
70 years later, survivors gathered at Auschwitz to memorialize the many men, women and children who were killed at the concentration camps within the Auschwitz complex.
BBC News released this chilling video that offers a birds-eye view of the remnants of the camp, and reminds viewers of the horrors that occurred within.
Two BBC producers spent some time at Auschwitz shooting the footage with a drone, which delivered a unique perspective the world has never seen since the World War II prison camp was liberated more than 70 years ago. They decided to take a different approach than the usual news crew. They were able to get permission to shoot with a drone from the Polish Civil Aviation Authority.
They carefully planned the shoot to get the shots they wanted during the limited battery time they had. One important shot was of the iconic sign, “Arbeit macht frei,” which means “work sets you free.”
The video was edited and the somber soundtrack helped make it more dramatic. Their final composition is affecting and dramatic. It really conveys the extent of the horrors that took place at Auschwitz.