Auschwitz and Birkenau
  • Author : Ian Baxter
  • Release Date : 30 November 2016
  • Publisher : Pen and Sword
  • Genre : History
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 13 : 9781473856875

Download or read book entitled Auschwitz and Birkenau written by Ian Baxter and published by Pen and Sword online. This book was released on 30 November 2016 with total pages 176. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Auschwitz and Birkenau were separate from each other,by about a 45 minute walk. Auschwitz was adapted to hold political prisoners in 1940 and evolved into a killing machine in 1941. Later that year a new site called Birkenau was found to extend the Auschwitz complex. Here a vast complex of buildings were constructed to hold initially Russian POWs and later Jews as a labour pool for the surrounding industries including IG Farben. Following the January 1943 Wannsee Conference, Birkenau evolved into a murder factory using makeshift houses which were adapted to kill Jews and Russian POWs. Later due to sheer volume Birkenau evolved into a mass killing machine using gas chambers and crematoria, while Auschwitz, which still held prisoners, became the administrative centre. The images show first Auschwitz main camp and then Birkenau and are carefully chosen to illustrate specific areas, like the WomenÕs Camp, Gypsy Camp, SS quarters, CommandantÕs House, railway disembarkation, the ÔsaunaÕ, disinfection area and the Crematoria. Maps covering Auschwitz and Birkenau explain the layout This book is shocking proof of the scale of the Holocaust.

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