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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, ...
In May, 1940, Poles were evicted from the vicinity of the barracks (most of them were executed), and a work crew comprising of concentration camp prisoners was sent from Sachsenhausen. 300 Jews from the large Jewish community of Oswiecim, were also pressed into service.
The first transport of prisoners, almost all Polish civilians, arrived in June, 1940 and the SS administration and staff was established. On March 1, 1941, the camp population was ...
... 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 ...
... your spine from the second you arrive to the second you leave.
The stoner in this picture which is placed at the very end of the train tracks that brought all the people to the camps is to symbolise all the people that dies. The story comes from when the Jews were travelling though the desert from Egypt to Israel and when people dies they had to cover the bodies with small stones, so now a small stone ...