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Birkenau (part 2)

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 09:15 AM by Solidaire
Updated July 29th, 2017 at 08:01 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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The underground gas chamber (D). Blown up by the retreating Nazis to eliminate evidence for the mass murder, with its roof caved in by the explosion.

Death is so thick here: so many people murdered, in such a short time, in so small an area. Half a million souls, in this gas chamber alone; an eerie thought, a place like no other.
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The blown-up furnaces and ground facilities.
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Pits where ashes of the murdered people were thrown. Ash is still visible beneath the top ground layers.
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Jews selected for immediate extermination in Krema III and IV were herded along this way, halfway from the Gate of Death to Krema II above, following a long road on foot. All Crematoriums were blown up by the SS, with the exception of Krema III which was destroyed by a Sonderkommando rebellion.
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Barbed wire fence, electrically charged when the camp was operational.
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