Auschwitz and Birkenau A story about the ultimate cruelty

This is my story about what happened in Auschwitz. There is nothing new in it, just the story as I saw it. When walking there you get into a special state of mind. I started contemplating on how people with normal lives before the war could make such horrible acts. I don't have the answer, but we can only hope that the right circumstances for such actions never occur again.

Original nazi documents

Entrance gate from the inside

Typical prisoner barrack

Barbered wire fence with high voltage electricity

Sleeping place for those who came in just be executed
Slightly better sleeping conditions
Standard sleeping rooms. Often two men in each bed.
Belongings to executed prisoners. Many of the people coming here thought they would be sent further and therefore brought personal belongings with them. The protheses were reused by Nazi soldiers.
Last place before execution at the Death Wall
The Death Wall. Prisoners were led here two and two to be shot. Also women and children were shot here.

Made for hanging and punishment. People could hang here alive for up to 12 hours in all kinds of weather.

The gas chamber. People were packed together and the door securely locked.

Poison ampulles

Poison ampulles were thrown down through the opening in the ceiling. Panic started when the prisoners understood what was happening and some tried to climb on top of other to get out through the hatch.

Afterwards the room was ventilated to take the bodies out.

From the gas chamber directly to the crematorium that was just beside. The furnaces became overloaded and many bodies had to be burned on bonfires in the open.

The crematorium

Justis prevails at the end. The first commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Høss was hanged here. It was a demand from survived prisoners that he should be hanged here in Auschwitz.

Rudolf Høss


As the capacity of Auschwitz very fast became too small as it "only" had a capacity of 350 bodies a day.

In 1942 new and much bigger camp was therefore built a few kilometers from Auschwitz. The workforce was prisoners in Auschwitz. The camp had an area of 1 750 da and comprised of 300 buildings including barracks, gas chambers and crematories. At the most 100 000 prisoners were here at the same time. About 75% of those who arrived in Birkenau were sent directly to the gas chambers.

The main purpose of the camp was to execute "the final solution" – the total extermination of all Jews. The capacity of the four gas chambers/crematories in Birkenau was 4756 people per day.

As we arrived at Birkenau, a delegation arrived with police escorts. The reason was that one of the very few survivors from the camp was invited for visit to the two camps. It is the man with sticks.

The total area of Birkenau was 1 750 da. 300 buildings including barracks, gas chambers and crematoriums.

Most of the barracks were made of timber. After the war many Polish people who had lost their homes, took the timber to build new houses.

The famous "cattle wagon". It was here the prisoners came in to Birkenau. At this spot the prisoners were divided into two groups; the ones who could work were sent to the barracks. The other group were sent to the gas chambers directly.

The crowd of people are listening to the survived prisoner who is on a visit.

Each country who had people sent to Auschwitz/Birkenau has got a memorial plate.

The Norwegian Memorial Palte.

Just before the war ended, the nazis decided to blow up the gas chambers and crematoriums. Unfortunately for them, the buildings were well built.

A women's barrack.

Sleeping conditions in the women's barracks

Fence at the entrance of Birkenau.

Thank you for watching my story.

It is sad to know what mankind is able to do to each other under given circumstances.

May it not happen again!

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