Crematorium at Auschwitz I Trolley used to shove bodies inside the ovens, photo The crematorium in the main Auschwitz camp, later designated as Krema I, was first put into operation in September ; prior to that time, bodies were taken to Gleiwitz to be burned in the city crematorium. Initially, this crematorium contained two ovens which each had two openings, called muffles or retorts. Bodies were shoved inside by means of a device shown in the photo above. The ovens were deep enough to hold two bodies, placed end to end. Arashigal The Allied Powers did not act on early reports of atrocities at the camp, and their failure to bomb the camp or its railways remains controversial.
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Auschwitz I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who began to arrive in May The first extermination of prisoners took place in September , and Auschwitz II—Birkenau went on to become a major site of the Nazi " Final Solution to the Jewish question ".
From early until late , transport trains delivered Jews to the camp's gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe , where they were killed with the pesticide Zyklon B.
At least 1. Living conditions were brutal, and many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments. In the course of the war, the camp was staffed by 6, to 7, members of the German Schutzstaffel SS , approximately 15 per cent of whom were later convicted of war crimes. The Allied Powers refused to believe early reports of the atrocities at the camp, and their failure to bomb the camp or its railways remains controversial.
As Soviet troops approached Auschwitz in January , most of its population was evacuated and sent on a death march. The prisoners remaining at the camp were liberated on January 27, , a day now commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In the following decades, survivors such as Primo Levi , Viktor Frankl , and Elie Wiesel wrote memoirs of their experiences in Auschwitz, and the camp became a dominant symbol of the Holocaust. Discrimination against Jews began immediately after the Nazi seizure of power in Germany on January 30, The Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service , passed on April 7 of that year, excluded most Jews from the legal profession and the civil service. Similar legislation soon deprived Jewish members of other professions of the right to practise.
Citizens were harassed and subjected to violent attacks and boycotts of their businesses. In September the Nuremberg Laws were enacted.
These laws prohibited marriages between Jews and people of Germanic extraction, extramarital relations between Jews and Germans, and the employment of German women under the age of 45 as domestic servants in Jewish households. Thus Jews and other minority groups were stripped of their German citizenship.
The ideology of Nazism brought together elements of antisemitism, racial hygiene , and eugenics, and combined them with pan-Germanism and territorial expansionism with the goal of obtaining more Lebensraum living space for the Germanic people. In addition to leaders of Polish society, the Nazis killed Jews, prostitutes, Roma, and the mentally ill. Initially the intention was to deport the Jews to points further east, or possibly to Madagascar.
Bach-Zelewski had been searching for a site to house prisoners in the Silesia region, as the local prisons were filled to capacity. Auschwitz I, the original camp, became the administrative center for the whole complex. Local residents were evicted, including 1, people who lived in shacks around the barracks. Some of the plans went forward, including the construction of several hundred apartments, but many of the plans were never fully implemented. The first prisoners 30 German criminal prisoners from the Sachsenhausen camp arrived in May , intended to act as functionaries within the prison system.
They were interned in the former building of the Polish Tobacco Monopoly, adjacent to the site, until the camp was ready.
The inmate population grew quickly as the camp absorbed Poland's intelligentsia and dissidents, including the Polish underground resistance. By March , 10, were imprisoned there, most of them Poles. American surveillance photo of Birkenau South is at the top in this photo. Himmler intended the camp to house 50, prisoners of war, who would be interned as forced laborers.
Plans called for the expansion of the camp first to house , and eventually as many as , inmates. The first gas chamber at Birkenau was the "red house" called Bunker 1 by SS staff , a brick cottage converted into a gassing facility by tearing out the inside and bricking up the walls. It was operational by March A second brick cottage, the "white house" or Bunker 2, was converted some weeks later.
He was given a demonstration of a mass killing using the gas chamber in Bunker 2 and toured the building site of the new IG Farben plant being constructed at the nearly town of Monowitz. In early , the Nazis decided to increase greatly the gassing capacity of Birkenau. Crematorium II, originally designed as a mortuary, with morgues in the basement and ground-level incinerators, was converted into a killing factory by installing gas-tight doors, vents for the Zyklon B a highly lethal cyanide-based pesticide to be dropped into the chamber, and ventilation equipment to later remove the gas.
Crematorium III was built using the same design. Crematoria IV and V, designed from the start as gassing centers, were also constructed that spring. By June , all four crematoria were operational. Most of the victims were killed using these four structures. On December 10, , Himmler issued an order to send all Sinti and Roma Gypsies to concentration camps, including Auschwitz.
Approximately 23, Gypsies had been brought to Auschwitz by , 20, of whom died there. Gypsy prisoners were used primarily for construction work. On August 2, , the SS cleared the Gypsy camp. A witness in another part of the camp later told of the Gypsies unsuccessfully battling the SS with improvised weapons before being loaded into trucks.
The surviving population of 2, was then killed en masse in the gas chambers. After examining several sites for a new plant to manufacture buna, a type of synthetic rubber essential to the war effort, chemicals manufacturer IG Farben chose a site near the towns of Dwory and Monowice Monowitz in German , about 7 kilometres 4.
In addition to its proximity to the concentration camp, which could be used as a source of cheap labor, the site had good railway connections and access to raw materials. All Poles able to work were to remain in the town and were forced to work building the factory.
Development of the camp at Birkenau began about six months later. This number increased to 7, in and 11, in Initially the laborers would walk the seven kilometers from Auschwitz I to the plant each day, but as this meant they had to rise at am, many arrived exhausted and unable to work.
The camp at Monowitz also called Monowitz-Buna or Auschwitz III was constructed and began housing inmates on October 30, , the first concentration camp to be financed and built by private industry. These prisoners were also forced to work on the building site. Various other German industrial enterprises, such as Krupp and Siemens-Schuckert, built factories with their own subcamps.
Prisoner populations ranged from several dozen to several thousand. Prisoners were also made to work in forestry and farming. Young survivors at the camp, liberated by the Red Army in January The Sonderkommando were ordered to remove other evidence of the killings, including the mass graves. Himmler ordered the evacuation of all camps in January , charging camp commanders with "making sure that not a single prisoner from the concentration camps falls alive into the hands of the enemy.
Those too weak or sick to walk—around 7, prisoners—were left behind. Among the items found by the Russians were , men's suits, , women's garments, and 7. The camp's liberation received little press attention at the time. Rees attributes this to three factors: the previous discovery of similar crimes at Majdanek concentration camp , competing news from the Allied summit at Yalta , and the Soviet Union's interest, for propaganda purposes, in minimizing attention to Jewish suffering.
After liberation, parts of Auschwitz I served first as a hospital for liberated prisoners. After the site became a museum in , exhumation work lasted for more than a decade. He was hanged at the camp on April 16, Around 15 per cent of Auschwitz's 6, staff were eventually convicted of war crimes. Poland was more active than other nations in investigating war crimes, prosecuting of the total Auschwitz staff ever brought to trial.
The trial's defendants included commandant Arthur Liebehenschel , women's camp leader Maria Mandel , and camp leader Hans Aumeier. The trials ended on December 22, , with 23 death sentences, 7 life sentences, and 9 prison sentences ranging from three to fifteen years. Around 6, to 7, SS personnel in total were posted to Auschwitz during the war. Others worked in the medical or political departments, in the camp headquarters, or in the economic administration, which was responsible for the property of dead prisoners.
Auschwitz was considered a comfortable posting by many SS members, due to many amenities and the abundance of slave labor. Facilities for the SS personnel and their families included a library, swimming pool, coffee house, and a theater that hosted regular performances. One prisoner in each work detail or prisoner block — usually an Aryan — was appointed as a Kapo "head" or "overseer".
The Kapos received better rations and lodging and wielded tremendous power over other prisoners, whom they often abused. About SS personnel were assigned to the gas chambers and lived on site at the crematoria. The Sonderkommado were housed separately from other prisoners, in somewhat better conditions. Their quality of life was further improved by access to the goods taken from murdered prisoners, which Sonderkommando were sometimes able to steal for themselves and to trade on Auschwitz's black market.
Almost none of the 2, prisoners placed in these units survived to the camp's liberation. The prisoners' day began at am an hour later in winter with morning roll call. Miklos Nyiszli describes roll call as beginning am and lasting four hours. The weather was cold in Auschwitz at that time of day, even in summer. The prisoners were ordered to line up outdoors in rows of five and had to stay there until am, when the SS officers arrived.
The inmates were counted and re-counted. When he was a prisoner in —45, five to ten men would be found dead in the barracks each night. After roll call, the Kommando , or work details, would walk to their place of work, five abreast, wearing striped camp fatigues, no underwear, and ill-fitting wooden shoes without socks. Kapos were responsible for the prisoners' behavior while they worked, as was an SS escort.
The working day lasted 12 hours during the summer and a little less in the winter. Much of the work took place outdoors at construction sites, gravel pits, and lumber yards. No rest periods were allowed. One prisoner would be assigned to the latrines to measure the time the workers took to empty their bladders and bowels. Inmates who did not speak German would trade some of their bread to another inmate for help composing their letters. Members of the SS censored the outgoing mail.
A year-old Polish girl in Auschwitz in or Prisoner identity photographs taken by Wilhelm Brasse.
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