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On 27 January 1945 Soviet soldiers entered the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp complex in south-west Poland. The site had been evacuated by the Nazis just days earlier. Thus ended the largest mass murder in a single location in human history.
Precise numbers are still debated, but according to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the German SS systematically killed at least 960,000 of the 1.1-1.3 million Jews deported to the camp. Other victims included approximately ...
... we moved on to our last stop at Auschwitz - the gas chamber. This was by far the most confronting element of the day. Being in that room really drove home the reality of where we were and the atrocities that occurred there. Paul drove us to Birkenau, where we continued our guided tour. Here we walked the path those sent to the camp trudged, saw a memorial to those exterminated and bore witness to the remains of the gas chambers where so many people died. A lot ...
... lives play out in their minds ..? How would someone have the courage to protect their children right till the very end …? It simply boggles the mind to even image the profound misery befalling those so chosen to die.
In the period from 1944-45, the camps were at their frenzied peak. To some degree, the Russians escaped being the #1 nationality executed at Auschwitz, as by the time the death camp fully ramped up at Birkenau, the war was no ...
... but including political prisoners, prisoners of war, Gyspies, homosexuals and any other minority not in the grand plan for Nazi expansion and cleansing to the East. Oddly, it was the most beautiful day of clear blue skies which made the area seem incongruous with of obscenity of what had happen here 70 years ago. I won't go into detail of the visit but It was fascinating, shocking and moving. Not many pictures of this one. Off to Budapest tomorrow ...
... gas chamber still standing in Auschwitz I to be more disturbing as you were actually taken inside it and could grasp what it was like a little more. After this we were shown both the wooden and brick living quarters which were freezing, it was just impossible to even imagine what they would have been like in the middle of winter. The trip was certainly an experience, and our guide left us with a very interesting thought - 'we must remember history or it will keep repeating ...