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... concentration camps used in world war I I. The experience was completely unlike anything any of us had experienced before, and it truly held a dampening atmosphere that left many students feeling gloomy. During the tour, the group was shown the different buildings and procedures that took place in the camp. It was also explained how the terrible acts took place on the site, and how things would ...
... empty suitcases. These were collected from the prisoners immediately on their arrival, their contents confiscated, and sorted in a block called ‘Canada’ as a reference to Canada as a land of prosperity.
Finally, the most eerie of them all – a pile of bronze and dirty blonde human hair. Contrary to belief, the largest citizenry of any nation that perished in Auschwitz was not German or French or Russian Jews – it was the ...
... Jews and others sent there by the Nazi's. The camp was massive and I could definitely see a resemblance to other camps I have visited in Germany previously. The train tracks were still there leading through the main gate into the camp, the living quarters of those working there, together with remnants of the gas chambers that the Nazi's blew up in order to try and hide the evidence ...
... Over the next 5 years, as many as 1.3 million people died there from disease, starvation, forced labor, hanging, firing squads, torture, "medical" experiments, and the infamous gas chambers. Most prisoners were brought there by train passing through the gates crowned by the infamous motto, "Arbeit macht frei" (work makes you free). Until the moment of their death, many of the prisoners believed the fiction that they were being relocated to some ...
... a stop in Oswiecim at 11:46PM!!! I asked if I could call somewhere to reserve the ticket, but it can't be done. :( Krakow is 2 hours east of Oswiecim, on the slowest train on planet Earth. I calculated that we were moving an average of 34 KPH (21 MPH). I was determined to see Auschwitz so I put it out of my mind and went to the camp. I made it to the entrance with 10 minutes left, which was enough to buy the ticket, put my backpack in the bag check, ...