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... only" 160,000 Jews were killed at Birkenau, but from March, 1944, to November, 1944, when all the other death camps had been abandoned, Birkenau surpassed all previous records for mass killing. The Hungarian deportations and the liquidation of the remaining Polish ghettos, such as Lodz, resulted in the gassing of 585,000 Jews. This period made Auschwitz-Birkenau into the most notorious killing site of all time.
In October, 1944, the 'Sonderkommando' ...
... caused the Germans to need to bring in a couple of motorcycles, running them at full throttle to attempt to drown out the last sounds of the dying prisoners.
About 2/3rd of the way down the chamber, in the roof, is a black-framed opening in the ceiling, with a wooden lid covering the hatch. This would be the location, where the SS executioner would climb up the earthen berm, and after wearing protective gear, open the hatch in the ceiling, ...
... but hair... that's part of a person. It was horrifying.
The whole experience was depressing, but worthwhile. For me it was not as confronting as some people say, as you pretty much know the basics of what occurred there. But to stand in the place where these atrocities were committed is a very sobering experience nonetheless. A chance to visit an important site of 20th century history, and pay your respects to those that suffered and died ...
... not sure exactly – starting chanting some prayers in Hebrew. At the end of this the entire group sang a mournful song, which our guide told us was a song about ‘hope’. Apparently, during the war, it became common for the groups of Jews to sing this song as they prepared to enter the gas chambers. Later, this would become the national anthem of the state of Israel. It was a very moving experience for me to hear this group sing this ...
... concentration camps throughout Europe only the 6 in Poland were designated as death camps and Auschwitz/Birkenau was the largest.
After we finished the tour we watched a video made after the liberation of the camp. This video showed how malnourished the people were, they were still practically skeletons after 4 months of intensive treatment. Needless to say, the bus trip back to Krakow was a quiet ...