The Crown Princess attends a memorial ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Crown Princess meets survivors of the Holocaust.

The Crown Princess meets survivors of the Holocaust. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Monday 27 January was International Holocaust Memorial Day. The Crown Princess visited Poland to attend a memorial ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz-Birkenau's liberation.

Nine survivors from Sweden also attended the ceremony. The Crown Princess, the Speaker of the Riksdag and the Prime Minister represented official Sweden.

Auschwitz-Birkenau was a Nazi concentration and extermination camp located in a territory occupied by Germany during the Second World War, and which is now in Poland.

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of the Nazi concentration and extermination camps. In total, around 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz, 1.1 million of whom were Jews. Around a million Jews were murdered in the camp, together with more than 200,000 other prisoners.

The memorial ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The memorial ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Holocaust Memorial Day

  • On 27 January 1945, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated.
  • In 2005, the UN decided that 27 January should be an international memorial day for victims of the Holocaust.
  • In Sweden, 27 January has been a memorial day since 1999.
  • Find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day hereexternal link, opens in new window.