EB Visits Auschwitz - 25 March 2008

Discussion in 'The Holocaust' started by EmersonBigguns, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. On 24-25 March 2008, I visited the Polish village of Oswiecim. In mid 1940, this village was occupied by the German SS who referred to it by the German translation of Auschwitz. There were several concentration camps established in Auschwitz area but its most famous are Auschwitz I, and Auschwitz II – Birkenau. All photos taken March 25, 2008.

    Auschwitz I

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    Mass grave located outside the camps entrance. Those interred here were murdered in the camps remaining days. The Soviets buried them in this mass grave after liberating the camp on January 27, 1945.

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    “Work shall set you free.”

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    On this rail the SS hung prisoners. The bodies of murdered victims were left on display for the others in the camp as a warning. This is also the area where the daily counts took place.

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    Monument beside the rail.
     
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    In this courtyard the SS murdered thousands, usually by gun shot. The windows on the adjacent buildings are boarded and bricked up to not allow other prisoners being held there to see what was happening in the courtyard. Dr. Mengela performed some his grotesque ‘experiments’ in both of the buildings seen here.

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    Memorial in the courtyard with a replica gunfire backstop set up what is known as “the death wall”.


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    Entrance to the gas chamber and crematorium. This facility was used between Fall 1941 and Summer 1943. After 1943, mass executions were transferred to the facilities at Auschwtz II. This facility could handle the murder and cremation of approximately 350 persons per day.


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    On this platform on April 16, 1947, Auschwitz camp commandant Rudolph Hoss was hung after being found guilty of murder by Polish authorities. The gallows were built on the site of the former Gestapo barracks where many prisoners had been interrogated and tortured before being sent to their deaths.
     
  3. Aushwitz II – Birkenau


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    “The Gate of Death”. One and a half million people passed through this gate and never left Auschwitz.

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    SS Headquarters

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    The end of the tracks.

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    The train platforms were people disembarked the trains and went through selection. Those who weren’t chosen for work were sent directly to the Gas Chambers. 75% of those arriving in Auschwitz went directly to the Gas Chambers. Those chosen for work were assigned to a barracks.

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    These are toilets.

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    This gate leads to the camps as well as the road leading to the Gas Chambers.

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    Running parallel to the train platform, down this road prisoners walked on their way to their deaths. The Gas Chambers are located behind the red brick building in the distance near the tree line. It took maybe 20 minutes to make the walk from the trains to the Gas Chambers.

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    Ruins of Gas Chamber II

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    A Memorial set up at the ponds located adjacent to the Gas Chambers. These ponds were used for the disposal of human remains after they left the crematoriums. To this day, the water remains grey.

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    Down these steps walked a million and a half people who never saw daylight again. These steps lead to the ‘changing room’ where victims were forced to get undressed before heading into the ‘showers’.

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    Beneath the rubble in this depression was Gas Chamber II.

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    A personal memorial left on the ruins.


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    The International Memorial

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    “Never Again”
     
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I think I have a problem with my PC, the images are taking forever to appear.
    The ones I can see don't look as forboding as I imagined they would.
    It is a place you have to go and feel the atmosphere for yourself, I suppose.
    I did plan to go their in '92 but did go.
    Shame really as I expect it'll be along time before I do, if ever, go.

    EDIT:I'm constantly having to refresh the page to make the next one appear, anyone having problems?
    I been on the thread for about 15 minutes and can only see the photos upto post #3

    Thanks for posting them EB.

    EDIT: Actually as I'm seeing more photos , indeed the place does look rather grim.Seen up to end post #4.

    EDIT 13.53, finally seen them all. Worth the wait.
    Thank You very much for posting them.
     
  7. Zoya

    Zoya Partisan

    They're coming up ok for me, Owen. Perhaps it depends on your broadband speed?
    Very sensitively taken photographs. Many thanks, EB.
     
  8. Jakob Kjaersgaard

    Jakob Kjaersgaard Senior Member

    Very strong photographs. Words fail me.
     
  9. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Chilling yet great photos. Never again indeed.
     
  10. stevew

    stevew Senior Member

    Thanks for posting EB.

    Lest we forget
     
  11. Owen

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    I think out of all the photos the ones of fields of chimneys are the most powerful to me.
     
  12. Thats one thing that got me too. The sheer size of the place was something I didn't realize until seeing it first hand. I guess at one point they had upwards of 150,000 people crammed into the camp. The really scary thing is that plans were underway for an expansion. Construction was already started on water collection towers for the expansion before the Soviets arrived.
     
  13. Marina

    Marina Senior Member

    The phjotos help me visulaise the sheer scale of the place. Well done, EB
     
  14. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    Amazing photos mate. Thanx for posting them.
     
  15. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    somewhere i could never go,or belsen.shivers up my spine,probebly another nervous breakdown,if i did.lee.
     
  16. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Thank you very much EB.
    It seems a wrong word to use, but beautifully shot photographs.
    Never having visited that's one of the clearest series of picture I've seen.

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  17. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    I can only echo V P's words. Well done and thank-you.
     
  18. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member

    Even now to see the places in such clarity where so many met their fate sends a shiver down my spine , thanks for posting EB,
     
  19. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    Thank you for the photos - a reminder of a place I will have to go back to at some stage of my life.
    Cold day to be there the site offers little by way of shelter.
    To me Birkenau was what it was all about - thanks once again for the photos.:poppy:
     
  20. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    EB

    Thank you so much for this excellent posting.

    Lest we forget

    All best wishes

    Ron Goldstein
     

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