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The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (and Auschwitz II-Birkenau and Monowitz camps) today was held on a cold, snowy, windy Tuesday. The slush around the huge camp was frozen into icy slurry when I arrived by bus from Krakow in the early morning, slippery and rough to walk over. It was on this day 70 years ago that Red Army troops ended the torture and murder of the Jews at Auschwitz, and it is this day that Europeans, and most around the world, ...
... Silesia. The chemical giant I.G. Farben, had expressed an interest in utilizing this labor force, as well. Extensive construction work began in October, 1941, under terrible conditions and with massive loss of life. About 10,000 Russian POWs died in the process.
The main camp population grew from 18,000 in December, 1942 to 30,000 in March, 1943. In July or August, 1941, Himmler briefed Höss about the 'Final Solution'. On September 3, 1941, Soviet POWs ...
... from work they were met by a band playing joyous German music (almost mocking them). The tour guide says one of the better jobs was crawling into the toilets to clear out the sewage by hand because the prisoners were away from the German soldiers (who didn't go to the sanitary barracks very often in case they caught Typhus, which was everywhere, or another disease). There was no heating in the barracks which had a small ventilation shaft ...
... of people had been executed and felt so very sad. We then went down to the gas chamber and stood in the room where millions of Jews and other prisoners had been gassed. Then filed passed the furnaces where the bodies were cremated. These went 24 hours a day. It was hard to believe that we were standing there on the spot where we have seen the footage of the place on tv. We then went to Auschwitz Burkenow. This was the 2nd camp where ...
Visiting Auschwitz was a hard and eye opening experience, but one that we both felt should be done to honor the memory of those who suffered through the Nazi-led genocide. It was a somber reminder of the cruelties mankind is capable of and yet a passionate example of human endurance, strength and perseverance.
We did ...