Nazi Death March

By: Austin Blevins

Death March General Information

The Nazi death marches were put into place to move the prisoners inside of the concentration and extermination camps away from the approaching armies. They were either going to use the prisoners as bargaining chips in the war, or continue using them for labor. Many of the prisoners that were moved during the death marches ended up dying during the march.
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Additional Info.

Those who were too weak to March were either left behind for dead, or killed on the stop.

All together there were around 250,000 people who had died during the Death Marches.

Auschwitz & Birkenau Final Counts

Auschwitz Men's Camp-10,030

Auschwitz Women's Camp- 6,196

Birkenau Men's Camp-4,473

Birkenau Women's Camp-10,381

These were the numbers that were taken during the Final roll call in these camps.

Auschwitz March

ON January 18 of 1945, nearly 60,000 prisoners started off on their journey from the Auschwitz camps. Thousands were killed even before the Marches truly started, and even more died on the way. More than 15,000 prisoners would die on the way to the next camp, either from exposure to the elements or from being shot by the SS guards. When they arrived in the city. It was more than 45 miles from Auschwitz to the city of Wodzislaw that the prisoners had marched, but once they made it into the city they were put on trains and brought to other camps around Germany.
On January 27, 1945, the soviet army entered Auschwitz and liberated the few prisoners that remained.

Additional March Dates

Stutthof- January 25, 1945
Buchenwald- April 7, 1945
Dachau- April 26, 1945


"Death Marches." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 29 Jan. 2016. Web. 21 May 2016
"Encyclopedia Judaica:Death Marches." Death Marches. The Gale Group, 2008. Web. 21 May 2016.