Death Camps

Kasey Gamache

How is a death camp different from a concentration camp?

A place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are imprisoned in a small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor or to await mass execution.


A prison camp, in which many die from poor conditions and treatment or from mass execution.

This picture shows the gate opening up to Auschwitz. The writing on the fence says 'Work will set you free". It is ironic because the Nazis made it seem the Jews were there to work but in reality they were sent to their death.


Auschwitz was located near Oswiecim, in southern Poland. The location of the camp was mostly chosen because Oswiecim was an industrial city, with dozens of rail lines coming in and out. Making it very easy for Hitler to transport Jews there by train cars. The extermination complex was where the Jews were herded into bathhouses soon to be killed by cyanide gases that streamed out of the showerheads.

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This is a picture of what the inside of a gas chamber looks like. The large space goes to show how many people could be crammed in, and all the atrocities that happened.
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Cartoon drawn by Dr. Seuss

The cartoon is depicting Hitler as the god or leader and everyone hailing to him. This refers to how Hitler wanted everyone to be the same and if somebody was an outcast they would be "thrown away". He is creating a Nazi mold to try to shape Germany the way he wants it to be.

Works Cited

"Auschwitz." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

"Auschwitz Death Camp." : Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies : University of Minnesota. Web. 10 Dec. 2009.

"Dr. Seuss and WWII - The National WWII Museum Blog." The National WWII Museum Blog. 7 Nov. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

"Who's Going to Auschwitz." Web. 10 Dec. 2015.