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... inscribed 'Arbeit Macht Frei' ("Labor Make You Free").
A parallel system operated later at Birkenau in 1942-43, except that for the majority, the 'showers' proved to be gas chambers. Only about 10% of Jewish transports were registered, disinfected, shaven and showered in the 'central sauna', before being assigned barracks. In May, 1944, a spur line was built right into the camp, to accelerate and simplify the handling of the tens of thousands of Hungarian ...
... down flowers and said Kaddish again for Jack's sister and also for Paula's father who was also killed there. I walked out along the train tracks leaving the camp the way that thousands had entered. The day left me with so many questions and so many emotions. It made it impossible for me to forget the things I had seen. The day made fully come to terms with my new status of witness, one that I now hold very dear.
p.s: Pictures will be posted tomorrow on this page once I can get better wifi
Day 17: Today we continued our travels and we are going to Katowice. When we got there we went to Zoo Silesia. We saw lots of different animals including Lions, Tigers, Elephants and Rhino's and we learnt lots about them to. We really enjoyed ourselves. We stayed there all day. After a fun day at the zoo we went to Laserhouse and we played Laser Tag. We had lots of fun. We had a great day and we are really looking forward to ...
... all things delicious) Hunter’s Soup, the best kielbasa we have had on the trip, and Ruski perogies as good as any we have had so far (and we’ve had dozens and dozens). The restaurant décor was that of a hunting lodge with a variety of taxidermy on the walls, pots and pans hanging everywhere, hunting weapons, and two portraits: one of Jesus and the other of The Virgin Mary. Then, as we loaded back into the van for the long drive back to Krakow, he ...
... of four large-scale gassing facilities. It appears from the plans that the first two gas chambers were adapted from mortuaries which, with the huge crematoria attached to them, were initially intended to cope with mortalities amongst the slave labor force in the camp, now approaching 100,000 and subject to a horrifying death rate. But from the autumn of 1942, it seems clear that the SS planners and civilian contractors were intending to build a mass-murder plant. ...