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Birkenau (part 1)

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 10:14 AM by Solidaire
Updated July 29th, 2017 at 09:03 AM by Solidaire

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 Jews began to arrive. According to the Auschwitz Museum, 434,351 of these Hungarian Jews were not registered at Birkenau; instead, they were gassed immediately upon arrival. At the height of the deportation of the Hungarian Jews, during a 10 week period, up to 12,000 Jews were gassed and burned each day.
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Guard towers along the main road of the camp.
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The railway continues right through the camp...
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...straight to the gas chambers and the crematoria. On the day of my visit, dramatic skies seemed to take an active role in the tragedy unfolding through memory, pointing at the scene of the crime.
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The end of the journey. Here, the train was stopping right in front of the entrance to Krematorium II. To the opposite side of the rails is the entrance to Krematorium III. The epilogue for countless human odysseys was written here.
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