Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)'s photos with the Birkenau

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2376)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2376)
From the guard tower, the foundations and chimneys indicate the expanse of wooden barracks.

The tour had been 2.5 hours, the guide was thorough, providing both excellent information as well as some time to reflect on what you were seeing. However, the l…
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2374)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2374)
The rail line from the upper floor of the guard tower, looking across the camps to the ovens at the end of the line.

Looking back and combining this tour with other sites I later saw, Auschwitz impressed upon me three things. One was the very strong evi…
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2372)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2372)
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2371)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2371)
Latrine. Prisoners were allowed less than a minute, once a day, for bowel movements, thus prisoners typically lived in badly soiled clothes.
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2364)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2364)
Prisoners slept on straw or rags,12 to each space.
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2363)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2363)
Chimneys, from the very marginal heaters that were in some brick barracks that had been destroyed.
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2361)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2361)
On one side of Birkenau, the barracks were brick, on the other side wood (few of the wood barracks remain).
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2360)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2360)
The area in front of me was where prisoners were corralled into an assembly line of undressing and then entering the 'showers'. There were multiple gas chambers here, each with similar design.

During the summer of 1944, the crematorium plus additional o…
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2359)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2359)
At the far end of Birkenau, at a point once surrounded by gas chambers, a monument to those who died.
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2357)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2357)
Remains of one of the five gas chambers.
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2355)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2355)
From the end of the rail line, where the gas chambers were, looking back past the sorting location and then to the main entrance.
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2353)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2353)
One of the freight cars that was used to bring prisoners to the camp. The freight cars often carried a hundred or more, thus many died in the multiple days of transit.

In one period of less than two months in 1944, 12,000 Hungarian Jews were processed t…
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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2349)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2349)
Birkenau section at Auschwitz, looking from the point of disembarkation back to where the trains of prisoners entered the camp, back to where the last vestiges of life ended for most.

Auschwitz, being a reconfiguration of an existing Army base, was ine…
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