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... it has been a matter of discussion as to why, despite being pinpointed by escaping prisoners, and seen in reconnaissance phots taken by Allied aircraft, nothing was done to bomb and put the camps out of commission. The response it seems has been to not risk prisoner fatalities, although many more would eventually die, than would have perished otherwise had a raid been put through. The Allied raids on much more heavily defended targets, such as the V2 ...
... herd about the medical experiments, where children as young as 4 days old where treated like guinea pigs. Ridiculous experiments, such as trying to change the colour of their victims eyes. We then came to where thousands of belongings have been displayed, taken from those of the gased Jews. They had packed bags believing they were on a trip to a better country, not knowing that after their planned death personal belongings would be sold and their hair shaven off ...
... Soon after the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, the Nazis declared the area around Oswiecim an "area of special interest" and forceably evacuated the locals for an area of 40 square kilometres around the town which they renamed Auschwitz. It was then reoccupied by the SS and their families and the concentration camp opened in 1940. Initially it was a camp for political prisoners, prisoners of war ...
February 26th I organized a tour to Auschwitz and Birkenau because I wanted to have a guided tour for the camps to try and get the most out of it. It was really eerie walking into the camp area. I am not sure what I expected, but it's not what I got. The buildings were really nice brick buildings. They did not put off the vibe of a scary place. The barbed wire and knowing what happened there maybe, but the buildings were nice and that caught me off guard. We had about a two ...
... I did not realise there were two camps, Auschwitz 1 which was originally and still is today the town of Oswiecim, invaded, renamed and people displaced from their land at German occupation.
This camp is mainly brick buildings, comprising of the hospital in which terrible medical experiments were undertaken. It has one remaining in tact gas chamber that we toured - just awful - the other chambers they destroyed towards the end ...