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THE DISEMBARKATION AREA INSIDE AUSCHWITZ II-BIRKENAU




THE MAIN GUARDROOM (left) with the railway passing beneath it as seen from inside the camp.



"THIS SWITCH AND SIGNAL (below) preside over the Nazi killing centre near the rail entrance to Birkenau.

"A Doppelgänger is a ghostly counterpart and companion to a person.
"It is usually visible only to himself and haunts him throughout life.
"This particular one, made visible for the rest of us, continues to haunt its Nazi counterparts even in death."

(Quotation from http://remember.org/camps/birkenau)




















THE RAIL DIVISION (left) encloses an area into which prisoners may be unloaded and sorted into various groups.

A BOXCAR stands on one of the tracks (above) .













DISEMBARKED PRISONERS

A group of prisoners just discharged from a transport van (boxcar, cattletruck or whatever) is shown on the right, Whether they went to the gas chamber or to one of the camps is not known.

Note the fabric six pointed star sewn on the woman's coat. The Star of David was indeed a sad symbol of the Holocaust during which the Nazis forced Jews to wear an identifying yellow star.

Jews were also forced to wear special badges even during the Middle Ages both by Muslim and Christian authorities and even in Israel under the Ottoman Empire.

The following two pictures below are of disembarked prisoners awaiting their fate - would they go straight to the gas chambers or to one of the labour camps.

The second picture has been taken facing the crematorium area. The chimney of Crematorium II is to be seen in the backround on the left and that of Crematorium III on the right.

(Pictures with acknowledgement to the Auschwitz Museum)


THE WOMEN'S CAMP



A number of the buildings in the Women's Camp were constructed of brick and tile.

In the picture immediately below note the main kitchen to be seen on the left in the background. The watch tower in the foreground is a recent reconstruction, not the original.

In the second picture below another kitchen is seen in the background (right). Crematorium II was situated just beyond a barbed wire fence immediately behind this kitchen.

Note the ditch in the foreground, one of many dug just inside the perimeter fence and filled with water so as to further discourage escape attempts. Needless to say that, in the 1940s, only buildings and dried or wet mud (or perhaps gravel) were to be seen where most of the green lawns now grace the site.

A close-up (above) of the kitchen shown in the picture immediately above it. It was situated in front of Crematorium II. Note the ruins of some of the residential huts in the foreground, mainly comprising the chimneys and heating stoves and wall foundations and similar to those to be seen in the Men's Camps.

The picture immediately below was taken from the Main Guard Room. This, and the following pictures, show that the walls of some of the brick buildings are, regrettably, showing signs of deterioration and collapse.

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