Auschwitz Research

By: Mae Hinson

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I was the first concentration camp to be built in 1940. The camp was to hold the prisoners as slaves, and to work for the Germans. At Auschwitz I they would usually die of starvation or being overworked. Medical experiments were also happening there. The camp could hold between 15,000 and 20,000 prisoners. The conditions for the prisoners were horrible and highly unsanitary.

Auschwitz II- Birkenau

Birkenau was the largest camp where most of the killing was done. This camp held the most number of prisoners. The main purpose at Birkenau was to kill as many prisoners as possible. It had 10 different sections that was separated using barbed wire. Birkenau had gas chambers and crematoriums. In 1943 Birkenau held over 49,000 prisoners in this camp alone. Birkenau was responsible for around 11% of the deaths that happened during the Holocaust.