Pinterest Children wearing concentration camp uniforms shortly after the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet army on 27 January It was predominantly used as a base for imprisoned labourers working for the German chemical company IG Farben.
In Czech Auschwitz was the Nazis' largest concentration and extermination camp. The first inmates - mostly Polish political prisoners - were brought there in June and were used for slave labour.
By Marchmore than 10 prisoners were registered here. The Auschwitz camp was renowned for its harshness, with the most infamous being Block 11 known as the bunkerwhere prisoners received the cruellest punishments.
In front of it stood the black wallthe site of frequent executions. The inscription Arbeit macht frei! A symbol of the ruthless abuse of the prisoners were the medical experiments carried out on the prisoners by Nazi doctors such as the infamous Josef Mengele.
These doctors experimented with the sterilisation of Jewish women, for example, and also performed experiments on children, especially twins. In MarchHimmler ordered a second, larger complex to be built next to the original camp.
It was called Auschwitz II - Birkenau. The camp at Birkenau was divided into subsections surrounded by electric fences with barbed wire. At its summit, Birkenau had over inmates. Farben set up a synthetic rubber factory there, in which it used the prisoners' slave labour.
Auschwitz also had a further 45 auxiliary camps, where prisoners were forced to engage in slave labour, mostly for German companies. Auschwitz became one of the camps used for the mass extermination of Jews.
In Septemberthe lethal effects of Zyklon B - a substance normally used for pest control - were first tested and verified there. Later, four large gas chambers were built at Birkenau, capable of killing up to six thousand people each day. The gas chambers were disguised as showers, meant to persuade the victims that these were disinfection measures which they had to undergo before they were sent to work in the camp.
From the end of MarchJewish transports from Nazi-ruled countries flowed into Auschwitz. Throughouttransports were sent to Auschwitz from Germany and other countries in the Nazi sphere of power.
The victims of the last great wave of deportations to Auschwitz were the Jews of Hungary, who were deported between May and July On the basis of an order signed by Himmler on the 29th of Januaryapproximately 20 Roma were also deported to Auschwitz.
The majority of them died in the gas chambers. After the arrival of a transport at the ramp in Birkenau, the process known as selection took place.
SS officers decided who would be taken to work, and who would be sent directly to the gas chambers. Often it was mere chance or the mood of the SS officer that decided whether someone died immediately or had a hope of survival.
The prisoners selected for slave labour were sent to one of the many auxiliary camps at Auschwitz or elsewhere in the Nazi concentration camp system. Their aim was Vernichtung durch Arbeit - extermination through labour. The prisoners put up various forms of resistance to the tyranny of the camp.
Resistance organisations helped inmates to obtain medicine and food, documented Nazi crimes, supported attempts to escape and sabotage, tried to put political prisoners into positions of responsibility, and prepared for an uprising.
A total of prisoners escaped from Auschwitz, but of them were caught in the vicinity of the camp and immediately executed. They managed to cross into Slovakia and to tell Jewish leaders - and through them the world - about the terrible reality of Auschwitz, about which they wrote an extensive report.
On the 7th of Octoberthere was an uprising by the Sonderkommando working in the gas chambers. The prisoners managed to destroy one of the gas chambers, and thus to hinder the extermination process.
All the rebels died. A group of young female prisoners was also executed for having smuggled gunpowder to the rebels from the factory in Monowitz. Soon afterwards, the gas chambers and crematoria were destroyed on Himmler's orders, since the regime wanted to hide the traces of its murdering machine ahead of the advancing Red Army.
As Soviet troops came near to the camp in Januaryit was hurriedly evacuated and 58 prisoners were driven out on a death march, during which most were killed. On the 27th of Januarythe Red Army entered the camp link in Czech.
They found 7 exhausted and starving prisoners and a number of pieces of evidence of crimes that the Nazis had not had time to destroy. In the camp stores they found almost eight tonnes of human hair and over a million men's suits and women's dresses. Photograph of child prisoners after the liberation of Auschwitz.Feb 04, · Auschwitz () was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated in occupied Poland by .
Auschwitz was the largest concentration camp established by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Over a million people – most of them Jews – were murdered there between , when it was built, and , when the Soviet Army liberated it.
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Transports of Poles from Warsaw during the Uprising there, sent to Auschwitz by way of the transit camp in Pruszków, were also unloaded here. All three ramps also served as embarkation points for prisoners transferred from Auschwitz to sub-camps and other concentration camps. May 30, · Watch video · Auschwitz: The Largest of the Death Camps.
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