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Poland Trip Pictures from September 18 to 20, 2010

We stopped in at Auschwitz on our route back to Germany, but were unable to see the rest of the country as time did not permit it. Our six (6) months through the Caucasus Countries, "Stan" Countries, Mongolia and Russia had come to an end.  Poland is still on our list to explore, therefore this is not a representation of this country, but only a glimpse at a place that every human being should see, to ensure that it will not happen again - Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland.

We had entered Poland from the Ukraine and Auschwitz was the only place we had planned to stop on our way back to Germany.

Sept. 19, 2010. We entered AUSCHWITZ I (Stammlager) Concentration Camp through the famous Gate. Arbeit macht frei (Work brings freedom).

The Camp original purpose was to house Polish Prisoners.

The sign on the fence indicating "Vorsicht Hochspannung Lebensgefahr" means "Beware: High Voltage, Life in Danger"...

... which meant that the entire fence surrounding the compound was electrified.

A lonely leaf stuck to the barbed wire fence...

... somehow it makes you stop and think about the past of this place.

Auschwitz I is now a Museum covering an area of 29 hectares.

It features 57 original buildings and other facilities from 1940 to 1945.

Each block (barrack house) comes with the original Street Light displaying a number.

The now barren streets between the blocks.

During 1942 these barracks housed a record 20,000 prisoners.

The Assembly Square. In this area the SS would count the prisoners everyday... addition executions would be carried out on portable gallows as seen here.

Today these barracks house exhibitions documenting the mass killing of Jews - the Holocaust.

An example of the sleeping quarters of this Camp. Deluxe compared to Auschwitz II.

The walls of the corridors inside the barracks are lined with mostly Polish Inmate Pictures.

Most inmates slept on this.

The bathrooms.

Between Block 10 and 11 is the Execution Wall...

...also called the "Wall of Death", where the SS shot thousands of prisoners.

One of the bathrooms in Block 11 - also called the "Death Block".

In the cellar of Block 11, a prisoner cell where the prisoner could only stand.

This is the only air supply to Cell 20 located in the Cellar of Block 11. The room was completely sealed, and prisoners would suffocate.

Block 5 displays objects found after liberation. Thousands of spectacles...

...blankets made out of human hair...

...artificial limbs...


...suitcases with the names...

...and addresses of the deported Jews...

...and more shoes...


A model of the gas chamber and crematorium II.

The substance Cyclon B, which was poured into the chambers killing everyone in 15-20 minutes.

Between 1942 and 1943 almost 20 ton of Cyclon B was used at Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Crematorium I in Auschwitz I.

Furnaces where bodies were burnt in Crematorium 1.

Our last glance of Auschwitz I.

3km from the main Camp (Auschwitz I) is camp Auschwitz II - Birkenau.

The Main Gate, also called the "Death Gate". Entrance to a 175 hectares camp.

This is where the trains would arrive...

A lonely carriage left on the track. This is where Jews underwent selection.

Section of the fence with a watchtower.

Wooden barracks for inmates that did not go to the gas chambers.

Inside the wooden barracks with bunks on three levels.

A picture of the barracks during occupation.

One wooden stove to heat the enormous building.

The mass toilets.

The brick barracks.

The sleeping quarters inside the brick barracks.

Yet again only one stove to heat the entire brick building.

It would have been bitterly cold to sleep here.

The ruins of gas chambers and crematorium II.

This all that is left of two crematoria and gas chambers, blown up by the retreating SS men... an attempt to conceal their criminal activities. The underground changing room.

The end of the unloading ramp.

Forever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity where the Nazis murdered about one and a half million men, women, and children, mainly Jews from various Countries of Europe.

Auschwitz - Birkenau 1940 to 1945.