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Auschwitz

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Auschwitz is big. Actually the name of 3 main camps and 40 sub-camps, and we spent time at Auschwitz 1 and 2. To look at the Auschwitz 1 complex from the outside (and ignore the electrified barbed wire) one could assume it's a fancy suburban boarding school or some such, but one would be wrong.

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This is where the guy would decide if people look fit enough to go to the labour camp, or if they would go straight to the gas chambers. 3/4 didn't make the cut.
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Those that did generally lasted anywhere from a couple weeks to a year and a half, no longer than that. The wall with pictures and dates of entry and exit (to slaughter) is particularly harrowing.

They took everything from the people that got into the concentration camp, and mostly sent them back to Germany for use by civilians.

Here are glasses
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prosthetics
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shoes
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hair and textiles made from hair. There's a room (no pic) with hair about 3 ft high, 3 ft deep, 20 ft across, that was going to be made into textiles.
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May they rest in peace, and may similar atrocities never again take place
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One thing that struck me is that the exhibits and (mandatory) guides didn't seem objective, there seemed to be an anti-Nazi slant to descriptions. Now this is clearly justified given the context, but is in contrast what I was used to in museums and readings of history (which strive to appear neutral while often subtly communicating bias).

Auschwitz 2 is bigger, with capacity apparently for 200,000 people before part of the complex was burned to the ground by retreating Germans. This is where most of the killings took place.
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The original barracks were built as stables, meant to hold 52 horses, but converted to hold over 200 people.
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Posted by chrisvasil 12:37 Archived in Poland

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