Poland-01415 - Birkenau Rails of Death....
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We were only here for a very short time and I had to run to see what I did.
The main railway tracks and entrance gate of Auschwitz II - Birkenau concentration camp, it was by far the largest killing center of the Nazi.
Birkenau was the largest of the camps that made up the Auschwitz complex. When construction started in October 1941, it was to be a camp for 125,000 prisoners of war. It was an extension of Auschwitz in March 1942, and served as a center for the extermination of the Jews. From 1944, it also became a place where prisoners were concentrated before being transferred to do labour in Germany.
The majority—probably about 90%—of the victims of Auschwitz Concentration Camp died in Birkenau. This means approximately a million people. The majority, more than nine out of every ten, were Jews. A large proportion of the more than 70,000 Poles who died or were killed in the Auschwitz complex perished in Birkenau. So did approximately 20,000 Gypsies, in addition to Soviet POWs and prisoners of other nationalities.