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Images of Auschwitz and Birkenau


Photos from our tour of the Auschwitz Birkenau Camps. The name of the town Oswiecim was changed to Auschwitz when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939. The first prisoners were 728 Poles. Auschwiz was important because of its central location and railway junction. The average number of prisoners fluctuated between 13,000 - 16,000 people reaching 20,000 at one stage. Auschwitz was the biggest Nazi concentration camp for Poles and prisoners from other countries and became the biggest center for the mass extermination of European Jews. Approximately 1.5 million people were killed at Auschwitz (approximately 6 million total during the Holocaust.) Birkenau can be considered the largest cemetery in the world (2011, Auschwitz Berkinau State Museum).


wdl 7 years, 2 months ago

Every time I see photos of one of these horrible places I try and place myself in the position of one of the people in the box car. I can't begin to get my head around all of the thoughts and emotions that must be present at the same time. There are no words that can accurately discribe what went on in those death camps. The statement "war is hell" doesn't begin to describe such an event. One of the sadest era's for mankind.

jessanddaron 7 years, 2 months ago

This Is one of the most emotionally moving places I have ever been to. Correct me if I'm wrong but are those not pictures of Birkenau? Auschwitz has the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign over the entrance and the room full of hair. I am aware these two places operated in conjunction and are not far from each other...

michdheller 7 years, 2 months ago

you are correct. thanks for pointing it out.

Christine Anderson 7 years, 2 months ago

Just weeping. This should never, ever have happened. There is no way the German people as a whole didn't know this was going on. (And yes, I'm part German) These were people, not animals. Powerful and disturbing photos, but they must be seen. We must never forget, and never allow anyone to deny it happened!

Mike Ford 7 years, 2 months ago

If you travel in this country, go to Gnadenhutten, go to Sand Creek, go to Wounded Knee. Read about the chasing of the Pequots into Mystic Swamp and the lighting of the swamp on fire in 1637 by colonists and other tribes which led to the burning of 600 Pequot people and the two decade enslavement of the surviving Pequots. Read about how surviving Wampanoag peoples were taken to a concentration camp on Deer Island after the King Philip's War and sold into slavery in the Indies and Bermuda in 1679. See how the Native students at numerous boarding schools had their culture and language beaten out of them. Moral Imperialism led to the FInal Solution in Germany as it did with Christian Supremacy in this country in the 18th and 19th centuries. I went to a reconciliation meeting between tribal church members and students of the St. Pauls School of Theology last night. This needs to take place more.

Christine Anderson 7 years, 2 months ago

You're right, tuschkahouma. Equally heartbreaking and equally wrong!

michdheller 7 years, 2 months ago

Yes. We discuss the many events of genocide and mass atrocities that have occurred including the genocide of Native Americans.

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