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Where was Auschwitz
Transcript of Where was Auschwitz
By: Alexandra Gaeta
Aushwitz is located in Poland near Oświęcimin.
Where was Auschwitz
Roll call was always at 4:00 am, all of the prisoners lined up in rows of ten. All of the prisoners had to be at the roll call, including the ones who died during the night. All of the bodies dead or alive were aligned in front of the barrack. During roll call, you had to stand at attention, even if it was raining or snowing. It was forbidden to move or to talk during the roll call. The striped uniform, made from rough cloth, did not protect the prisoners against the cold weather. Every day, several prisoners caught colds during roll call and died in the following days. Some others died during the roll call itself. They were too weak to stand at attention during hours so when they fell asleep or just fell, they were shot. After roll call, all of the dead bodies were sent to the crematorium.
: Everyday you would get 10oz of bread and a cup of coffee, if you were liked then you would receive margarine or a thin piece of sausage. The bread that they received would be the only solid thing that they ate until the next day.
:Nothing or watery soup
: Watery soup and some spare bread if your lucky.
Diseases that were found in Auschwitz were, diarrhea, dysentery, malaria, typhus, tuberculosis, epidemic typhus, kachexia, hunger oedema, scabies and noma abscesses, which hollowed out the jaw, perforated the cheeks like cancer and deeply gnawed the mouth. But also cuts and fractures mostly led to death.
Labor was meant to torture the prisoners, they would work from 11-14 hours in any weather condition, if there was a blizzard they would work, if there was hail they would work. The Nazis would try their hardest to make the prisoners fail. They would have extremely difficult jobs some mentally and some physically like, leveling the ground, erecting new blocks, laying roads, and digging drainage ditches. Other mentally difficult jobs would include, anything with deaths like, burning bodies, and carrying bodies one place to another. The prisoners were suppose to move at a fast pace, if they didn't, they would get beat until they died.
The prisoners would have a tattoo for identification purposes, they were for prisoners who first arrived, along with others who got sick and died quickly.
When they arrived at the camps they had their clothes taken away and they were replaced with striped uniform. Men would wear a vest, trousers, a hat, and coat. Women would be supplied a smock like dress. On their feet they would wear wooden or leather clogs, socks were not provided. The clothes would be changed every 6 weeks, the prisoners would work sleep sweat and bleed in those uniforms for another six weeks
Life in the barracks
The prisoners would live in barracks made from bricks, 40 prisoners were the maximum capacity but 700-1,000 were stuffed in there like a cage of chickens. There were 60 spaces in each barrack, those spaces were made from wood. The barracks had no windows only a row of sky lights. Each space had three bunks and the prisoners would be given a thin blanket or rag to sleep with. Insects and vermins would often suck on there blood while they were sleeping which would lead to terrible diseases, each morning a prisoner might wake up and see their fellow inmate dead.
The camps were run down, old, muddy, dark, dull, bloody, smelly, and poor quality.
The Holocaust was a drastic time in history, it was recorded as the biggest mass murder in history. The prisoners that went through the Holocaust were probably the strongest people alive. Even though many people did pass away they were strong enough to make it through an hour there. Every day they fought for freedom and for their lives. We can learn that being powerful in ones belief can change everything because there were six million jews and about one million Nazis, they could have been easily taken on if they worked together. WW2 woult have even happened if the Jews stood up for them selves, it would have just been another war instead of a genocide if the Jews stood up for what they believed in
There are many ways to prevent a genocide from happening again. First off you would need a strong government or not have a dictator as a leader. You would have to have a stable country. To prevent another genocide you would have to have equality of treating everyone the same. You would also have to have many voices to control a country instead of one along with having each individual leader in each state/ big city. With all of those things plus more it would be a lot harder to start a genocide then not having any of those things.