Death Marches Researches

BY DT Huynh

General information

  • Death Marches were a back up plan by the Nazi's to evacuate prisoners from Allied Liberators closing in the camps.
  • In total, there were 715,000 prisoners
  • Most prisoners were woman, while a small percentage were men and children.
  • About 250,000 died
  • Prisoners who couldn't keep up or fell behind would be killed on the spot and left behind.

Auschwitz Death March

  • 66,000 prisoners marched from Auschwitz to Wodzislaw, where they were put on freight trains to the Gross-Rosen, Buchenwald , Dachau , and Mauthausen concentration camps.
  • 700 were murdered over the course of ten days.
  • There are only 13 known survivors.
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Timeline of Events

  • January 18, 1945: Death march of nearly 60,000 prisoners from the Auschwitz camp system in southern Poland.
  • January 25, 1945: Death march of nearly 50,000 prisoners from the Stutthof camp system in northern Poland.
  • January 27, 1945: Soviet troops liberate the Auschwitz camp complex.
  • April 29, 1945: American forces liberate the Dachau concentration camp.
  • April 30, 1945: Adolf Hitler commits suicide.
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Citations

  • "Death Marches." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 29 Jan. 2016. Web. 20 May 2016.
  • "Encyclopedia Judaica:Death Marches." Death Marches. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2016.