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Auschwitz Birkenau - Concentration camp

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Anouska Miemczyk-Leek

on 28 May 2014

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Transcript of Auschwitz Birkenau - Concentration camp

Auschwitz II Birkenau - Concentration camp
Arrival at Birkenau
Cramped trains
Stripped of clothes & belongings
Thought it was start of new lives
Living conditions
Depended on type of job
If you had friends
Visitor's reaction
Very difficult to understand fully until you've been there
Auschwitz Birkenau
Second camp to be built (first was Auschwitz)

Construction began October 1941 (to ease congestion at main camp)
Bigger -> 171 hectares (including 20 hectares of forest)
Not as much of the camp left today
Views from the tower
Sleeping next to corpses
Unclean -> diarrhea
Exposed to harsh weather
Bad nourishment
Toilets for 2000 ppl
Gas chamber -> scratch marks
Why did so few try to escape?
Punishment for others
Punishment for yourself if you failed
After Birkenau
Faith of prisoners
: camp open to everyone -> graffiti
plaque in French
Faith of prisoners
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