Research Smore by Hunter Thompson

What was Auschwitz?

Auschwitz was the largest crematorium/concentration camp in the Nazi regime. Its main purpose was to get rid of captured Jewish and cremate them. This camp consisted of three different parts, Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II (or Birkenau), Auschwitz III (or Monoschwitz).

An Inside Look at Auschwitz

Important Figures of Auschwitz

Facts and Statistics

  • At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, 90% of them being Jewish (This number has changed over the years going from 1.1 to 4.1 million)
  • Auschwitz had the capability of exterminating 20,000 prisoners an hour
  • 1 in 6 Jews in the Holocaust died at Auschwitz
  • Of the 7,000 staff at Auschwitz, only 700 were punished
  • A pandemic of Typhus occurred throughout the reign of Auschwitz which killed tens of thousands of prisoners
  • Some SS soldiers, or protection squadrons, were sometimes given a few days leave for killing a prisoner. It was not uncommon to send a prisoner beyond the perimeter of the camp and gunning him down.

A Day In the Life of a Prisoner

The day started at 4 AM, starting with roll call that could go on for hours outside in the heat, rain, snow, hail, etc. They were given coffee and ten ounces of bread for breakfast. Next, they went and worked in the fields until it was lunch time, which consisted of a simple soup. They continued to work in the fields until dinner time, which again consisted of the same soup that was given at lunch. There weren't any breaks and on Sundays they cleaned the barracks and bathed.