PRISONERS OF THE HOLOCAUST

Hitler's Largest Concentration Camp

Summary of Event

The Auschwitz Concentration Camp held prisoners consisting of anyone who might oppose to the Nazi's. This was the largest concentration camp used by Germany during the war. It is located in Poland. Most people who went there died. This act was lead by Adolf Hitler who wanted to further his superior race.

DETAILED EXPLANATION

Auschwitz was one of many concentration camps located around Europe. It was the largest of them all. Hitler led this act because he wanted to be in complete control. He sent anyone who disagreed with his policies into the camps. This would include Jews, Poles, Roma, and Soviets. He didn't want people knowing about his camps. Most of the people were Jews or women. Most people died in the camps by starvation or gas chambers.


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

"Every day we saw thousands and thousands of innocent people disappear up the chimney. With our own eyes, we could truly fathom what it means to be a human being. There they came, men, women, children, all innocent. They suddenly vanished, and the world said nothing..."

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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