UNESCO World Heritage Site: Auschwitz Birkenau

Auschwitz Birkenau

The largest, and arguably most famous Nazi concentration/extermination camp system during World War II, Auschwitz today consists of two separate sites:  Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.  An estimated 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, were starved, tortured, murdered, and cremated here between 1940 and 1945.  This systematic genocide was part of the Nazi “Final Solution”.  These camps, including the remains of the gas chambers bombed by the Allies, remain as a testament to those who died, and to the horror inflicted and endured here. They also serve as a warning of what racism and hate can lead to for the future.  You can read more about my personal experience visiting this site in an upcoming post.

Auschwitz I  Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Makes (You) Free)

Auschwitz I
Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Makes (You) Free)

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I Gas Chambers

Auschwitz I
Gas Chambers

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II Remains of gas chambers bombed by Allied liberators

Auschwitz II
Remains of gas chambers bombed by Allied liberators

Auschwitz II Inside the barracks

Auschwitz II
Inside the barracks

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II

Auschwitz II With my mom at the Memorial

Auschwitz II
With my mom at the Memorial

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