Auschwitz was the largest Nazi German concentration camp or death camp. In the years, 1940-1945, the Nazis deported approximately 1.3 million people to Auschwitz. Of that number, 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were put to their deaths. Hans Frank, a lawyer that worked for Hitler said, "Jews are a race that must be totally exterminated." His views were shared with the SS officials of that time.
|This is the main entrance to Auschwitz. It means, "Work Will Set You Free."|
These prisons were made by the victims of the Holocaust. The sign to the main entrance says, "Work will set you free," but we can see that the opposite of that was actually the truth.
Here is the extermination building.
This is a picture of just a few of the thousands of Hungarian Jews that were deported and registered into the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
This is the Plunder Room
These next rooms are the Extermination Area
This is the beginning of the, "Road of Death" section.
In this photo you can see the victims lining up to registered for the camp.
|This map shows the areas of the different camps.|
|In the left corner, where the SS guards are posing for the picture, the man in the middle is smiling. Can you believe he actually thinks this whole massacre is funny? I found this photo sickening.|
Here is the area of the extermination techniques
You can see all the canisters that were used in the gas chambers. They contained a pesticide called zyklon b. Crazy to think that every canister killed a room full of people. This is how the majority of people died here.
To the right you can see the pesticide - zyklon b. Thank goodness it's in an airtight container!
|This just a little bit of the two tons of hair collected from the people in the concentration camp.|
It was so unreal to see this hair. I don't understand how they could keep all of this hair and it be so well preserved after all this time.
|This blanket was made of human hair!|
This section of the tour may be very difficult to look at. It shows a lot of items that were kept from the Holocaust.
This is the Material Proofs of Crimes Area
This is the Material Proofs of Crimes Area
Here are the belongings plundered from the victims
These are all the eyeglasses of the victims
These are the prosthetics taken from the victims.
These are the dishes that they ate from. They were forced to cleaned them in a very precise way and if they didn't then they were punished.
Items that were used for cooking
These are the suitcases they had to surrender when checking into the camp.
Here are the childrens clothing that were taken.
Here are the adult shoes of the victims.
Thousands and thousands of worn out shoes are a reminder of all the victims who died at the Holocaust. Imagine every shoe represents a victim who is no longer alive. I realized before that there were a lot of victims, but when you see all these shoes it gives a visualization of all those statistics you have heard. It was a sad and eerie feeling both at the same time.
|Hairbrushes, combs, and other things that were used by the victims|
|Here are some additional pictures of the campgrounds|
This is the swimming pool where the prisoners would swim and sunbath when they were on the grounds. Some say this is how they lured them in with empty promises of a good life.
Block 11 also known as the "Death Block"
These are the doors to the entrance of where the prison cells are. This is where the prisoners would sleep. We were not allowed to see inside, but you can only imagine the conditions were not ideal.
This is the room where summary sessions of Gestapo court were held. The most frequent sentence was the death penalty by shooting at the "death wall."
After the camp was liberated, many corpse that were in the ground floor of the basement of barrack 11 were found here by the SS.
Men who had been sentenced to be shot at the "death wall" stripped in this room. It just so happened that death penalty was also executed here.
This is a memorial area for the victims of the Holocaust. Here used to be an opening, but it has now been sealed off with cement.
|Gallows in Auschwitz I where Rudolf Höss was executed on April 16, 1947|
|Entrance to where the gas chambers are.|
This is where the SS murdered thousands of people.
After the selection process on the railway platform those who were murdered in the gas chambers were assured that they were going to take a shower. Fake shower heads were fixed to the ceiling of the gas chambers. Beaten and intimidated by SS dogs, 2,000 victims were crammed into the chamber. The chamber door was locked and zyklon b was poured in. The bodies were stripped of gold teeth and jewelry, their hair was cut off, then bodies were burnt in the crematorium, and the victims' personal documents were destroyed. What a horrible way to die. I cannot even imagine what it was like.
|This is the crematorium area|
This particular camp is not as highly recognized as Auschwitz I for some reason. The size of this camp was several football fields large, and a lot of the buildings were burnt down. There are very few buildings left that you can go into.
|The entrance to the Auschwitz II-Birkenau Camp|
|Here is the Aushwitz II Birkenau camp. The weather outside was a bit foggy.|
This is the guard tower of Birkenau. This is where the guards would watch the prisioners so they wouldn't escape.
A Deutsche Reichsbahn"Güterwagen" (goods wagon), one type of rail car used for deportations
|Remaining prisoner barracks|