PRISONERS OF THE HOLOCAUST
Hitler's Largest Concentration Camp
Summary of Event
With all of the prisoners starving and ill, they had to walk for ten days with no food or water to railroad stations. This was deemed the "Death March" because most died on the journey. The Nazis wanted to destroy all evidence of the terrors they created.
They evacuated all prisoners from the camp and sent them to different ones. They were forced to do this because other countries were advancing in their territory. The "Holocaust" left a great impact on the world. It made everyone open their eyes to see something like this can happen. It left discrimination against Jews during and after the war. Now, people do not put as much trust into a dictatorship as they did when Hitler ruled. The stories of the Holocaust still live on today just as much as they did in the past.
FIRST HAND ACCOUNT
Filip Müller, survivor of Auschwitz
"I was 22 years old when I was sent to Auschwitz with all my family except my youngest son. In the 4 years of my captivity I lost them all. Many died in prison in Warsaw, by shooting or starvation." Janina Parafjanowicz, survivor of Auschwitz
"As our prison conditions worsened, we realized that our chance of survival was very slim and we made a pledge obliging any survivors to bear witness, to sound a warning about man's capacity for inhuman behavior." Val Ginsburg, survivor of Auschwitz
FACTS AND STATISTICS
- 1 in 6 Jews killed in the holocaust died at this camp.
- 1.3 million victims went into the camp, 1.1 million died.
- There was about 7,000 starving prisoners.
- The Death March lasted for 10 days.
- The Asuchwitz concentration camp's lifespan was 1940-1945.
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