Auschwitz-Birkenau: Side Trip To The Nazi Concentration Camps - Lookin For John Fairweather - CycleBlaze

October 18, 2013

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Side Trip To The Nazi Concentration Camps

The sign over the main gate into Auswhwitz translates literally: Work Makes Free.
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German soldier's photo showing Birkenau concentration camp after the train arrived. The people, men, women and children went through a process of selection on the railway siding taking hours which would sort those capable of work from those not.
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The luggage was left. The deported people were made to believe that they were being relocated and so took along all their most valuable belongings which was the plan, as the luggage would be warehoused and looted. In the background can be seen two crematorium chimneys.
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Our guild explains this photo showing the doctor doing the section.
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The original canisters that the Cylone B gas came in.
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Boundary fence with exclusion zone.
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Accomodation barrack on left and guards canteen right.
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The grey house beyond the barrack is where the camp commander lived with his wife and young family.
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The gas chamber and cemetorium was only a short distance from the garden were the children played. The hatch to the left was were the Cylone B gas canister was dropped in.
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The furnaces in the next room to the gas chamber.
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Auschwitz was originally a Polish army camp built in 1931; it is relatively small in comparison to the huge Birkenau camp, built on the site of a raised town.
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Entrance where the trains went in.
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Cattle truck. Upwards of a hundred deportees with their luggage were forced into one of these. Depending on where the journey began, they could be traveling up to six days without food, water or sanitary facilities.
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Memorial.
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When it became inevitable that the war would soon be over, the Nazis tried to coceal the crime, by blowing up the gas chambers and cemetoriums.
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When the tour was over and our group left the gate of the camp behind, the sun suddenly came out.
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Veiw out the window on the way back to Krakow.
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