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... different colors and dwarfs. He worked on these, mostly children, without mercy and killed a number simply to have their corpses available for autopsy. As well, he is reputed to have had a hoard of eyeballs in his possession to study how eyes got their color, all part of the Aryan blue-eyed mania. Mengele, hunted for 35 years, lived all over South America and only died, age 78, in 1979 in a drowning accident. His son is quoted as saying that ...
... was divided in three major camps: Auschwitz I, the main camp or Stammlager; Auschwitz II or Birkenau, established on October 8th, 1941, as a 'Vernichtungslager' (extermination camp); Auschwitz III or Monowitz, established on May 31th, 1942, as an 'Arbeitslager' or work camp; also several sub-camps. There were up to seven gas chambers using Zyklon-B poison gas and 3 crematoria. Auschwitz II included a camp for new arrivals and those to be sent on to labor elsewhere; ...
... up by their cellmates, till it was over.
Facing the prisoners are a couple of sections of rail track held on metallic posts. These were used to collectively hang about 7-8 prisoners after a failed escape attempt – their bodies left to dangle as a deterrent – similar to those displayed near the main gate.
Within the first couple of barracks, the scope and magnitude of the organized killings becomes clear. Large, ...
... an awesome and powerful sight. 11,000 silent people proclaimed "we are still here" with their feet and with their presence. 11,000 people said in one, loud voice, “Never Forget.” And 11,000 people marched in honor and memory of those who did not have opportunity to walk out of those gates with their heads held high and proud of their heritage.
Once we arrived at Birkenau, there was a special ceremony ...
... day graffiti ('Ricki of Espana wuz here' and the like) on the walls of the some of the blocks, etching their callousness for all to see. It is no wonder visitors are now not permitted to wander around without a guide.
The wars go on, the atrocities continue. In Dachau there is a memorial plaque which proclaims "Never Again!" in several languages as if to reiterate the resolve behind the statement.
And yet ...