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Auschwitz Camp 1 - Page 6 - Museum

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Some of the buildings in Auschwitz I have been converted into museums (left) .

At the entrance to one of these there is a memorial to those who suffered and died in Auschwitz (below) .












Empty tins of ZYKLON-B are to be found in one exhibit :

In early 1942 Zyklon-B pellets, which released poison gas when dropped into the gas chambers, had emerged as the preferred extermination tool of the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.

Rudolf Höess, Commandant of Auschwitz, said that the use of Zyklon-B came about on the initiative of one of his subordinates, Captain Karl Fritzsch, who used the substance to kill some Russian POWs in late August 1941.

Zyklon-B was the trade name of a cyanide-based pesticide invented in the early 1920s and infamous for its later use by Nazi Germany in the gas chambers of extermination camps during the Holocaust.

A more detailed account will be found on Auschwitz II-Birkenau Page 4 here .


A barrack room in which working prisoners were billeted (above) .






On arrival at Auschwitz II-Birkenau a large percentage of prisoners were assigned to be gassed in the Crematoria.

All their belongings were removed from the prisoners on arrival at a Crematorium on the pretext that they were to be showered and given uniforms.

Some of the belongings and personal items are to be found in the museum in Auschwitz I and are displayed here.

Further descriptions of the items shown here previously belonging to and stolen from innocent human beings should not be necessary here.



SKETCHES BY A CONTEMPORARY ARTIST

The Camp Orchestra playing at the Main Gate for prisoners returning from work.

Workers leaving Auschwitz I. The conductor of the Camp Orchestra is visible in the background.

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