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Auschwitz (part 1)

Posted August 26th, 2017 at 11:05 AM by Solidaire
Updated August 26th, 2017 at 11:08 AM by Solidaire

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The main entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp. The infamous "Arbeit macht frei" sign dominates the scene. "Work sets you free", a slogan used by the Nazis to greet prisoners in a number of concentration camps, not just in Auschwitz. It is said that the "B" was made upside down by the prisoners as an act of defiance.

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The perimeter of the camp and its...
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Birkenau (part 3)

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 10:16 AM by Solidaire
Updated July 29th, 2017 at 08:54 AM by Solidaire

The barracks in this vast camp were mostly wooden prefabricated horse barns, laid upon the swampy, constantly wet ground without any foundations. Few remain, leaving behind a forest of brick chimneys, sole survivors in this otherworldly place.

Below is the interior of one such barrack, in the Quarantine section of the camp. Left and right, spaces where the bunkers once were. The brick stove can be seen at the far end, a construct attached to it running through the centre of the barrack....
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Birkenau (part 2)

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 10:15 AM by Solidaire
Updated July 29th, 2017 at 09:01 AM by Solidaire

An explanatory layout of Krema II.

N: the railway coming right up to the extermination installations
L: gates to the gas chamber and crematorium of Krema II (seen in previous entry)

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Entrance (A) to the underground room (C) where victims had to undress before entering the gas chamber.

Katabasis, the descent into Hades.
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Birkenau (part 1)

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 10:14 AM by Solidaire
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The Gate of Death, entrance to Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) extermination camp.
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The gatehouse was built in 1943, long after the Birkenau camp was first opened. The first inmates, who were Soviet Prisoners of War, arrived at Birkenau on October 7, 1941. At first, the gate shown in the photo above was for trucks and pedestrians. Railroad tracks were not laid through the gate until the Spring of 1944, just before transports of Hungarian...
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Historical evolution of British Parliament - overview and thoughts

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 04:59 AM by Solidaire

I've been reading lately about the unique course of parliamentarism in Britain, which oversaw the transition from an absolute monarchy to a representative, parliamentary one over a period of 800 years. The subject is huge, of course, being inseparably intertwined with almost all important historical events of Britain, but it is also a fascinating journey through tumultuous history and very interesting socio-political processes. Also, it offers an invaluable insight to all those wishing to...
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