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... as the soon-to-be-dead marched to the gas chambers; the musical cadence helped to keep the lines moving in an efficient and unbroken chain.
The watchword posted at the entrance to all concentration and death camps was this infamous one-liner: "Work Will Set You Free."The number of successful escapes from Auschwitz could be counted on one hand. Prior to liberation in January, 1945, freedom didn't exist, nobody got out alive.
... II to differentiate it from Auschwitz I, the photo in the crowd scene above. Birkenau at 480 acres is seven times the size of Auschwitz I, and is the site of where most all the killing occurred.
Like candles sprouting from candelabras, spread out over Auschwitz-Birkenau, are several hundred acres of chimneys, once part of wooden barracks, which no longer survive.
This is one of the rooms, with the only physical remains of dead Jews ...
... morning, and that the tourist season was probably over since it was the middle of Autumn season. Already, the air had a degree of bracing nip to it, as the wind blew dry leaves across the platform.After a few, no more than 4-5 stations, the train arrived at a low, single level station, bearing the name ‘Oswiecim’.
Nothing seemed too different from the host of non-decrepit stations that we had left en route during our overnight ...
... We were Jews willingly leaving the Aushwitz. We then moved to Birkenau. At Birkenau we gathered on the train tracks to once again hear the story of our survivor Jack who was imprisoned and lost his sister there. We started our tour at a very special barrack. This barrack was the home of our survivor Sidonia. Sidonia stood by the bed that she and nine other girls shared and told us about her experiences at the camp. The bed was so small. I could picture three maybe four people ...
... taken place right where we stood. Although the skies were blue, the birds were chirping in the trees and the sun was shining brightly on this summer's day, it just all seemed grey, dull and cold to me.
The tour was very informative and rather than tell us all the gory stories, the tour guide gave us the facts and let the pictures, displays and real life surroundings paint the overall picture. Although the pictures and real life surroundings were eye opening ...