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AUSCHWITZ : CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMPS


"AUSCHWITZ VISITED 2013"
is a website
in the
Colin Day
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series.


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AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMPS were built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. They consisted of Auschwitz I (the base camp); Auschwitz II - Birkenau (the extermination camp); Auschwitz III - Monowitz (a labour camp to staff an IG Farben factory) and 45 satellite camps.

Auschwitz I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners who started to arrive in May 1940. The first extermination of prisoners took place there in August 1941. Auschwitz II - Birkenau later went on to become a major site of the Nazi 'Final Solution' to the 'Jewish question'.

This website describes and illustrates a visit to Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II - Birkenau in 2013.

It is acknowledged here that comments and information regarding the photographs (most of which are copyright and, unless otherwise mentioned, taken by the author of this website) are mainly derived from statements made by Auschwitz guides, Wikipedia and also from various other sites and printed material. The other sources are, where possible, generally acknowledged within the text.

The website is divided into separate sections relating to the two camps.  Links to those and other sites may be seen in the left hand column above.

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A PERSONAL COMMENT :

As author of this website, now in my 85th year, I wish to say that organising this programme has not been an easy one for me because of its tragic subject matter. Also, I perhaps should mention that I am not of the Jewish faith nor have I any Jewish connections.

Nevertheless, I have endeavoured to link this sad historical period, using documents and pictures from various acknowledged sources, to photographs of what is presently to be seen Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

I have over many years visited battlefields, museums and other places connected with World Wars I and II and have committed a number of these visits to my other websites. As well as Auschwitz in 2013 I have also visited the concentration camps at Dachau (near Munich) in the 1970s and Buchenwald (near Weimar) in the 1980s.

I was fifteen years of age - a schoolboy in England and living in Bedford, north of London - when news came of the liberation by British and Canadian troops of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp situated in what is today Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany. The horrific pictures of what greeted the troops were widely re-presented in the newspapers and cinemas of the day and have remained firmly imprinted on my memory ever since.

The three horror camps already mentioned here were but a fraction of those established by the Nazis and their supporters in the nineteen thirties and forties in Germany and, latterly, in German occupied territory. Knowledge of what occurred in these camps filled the civilised world with horror and disgust and decisions were made by governments and other organisations so that such events would not be allowed to happen again.

Unfortunately, persecution and abuse in these and other diabolical forms continue even today in prisons, concentration camps and immigration and detention centres throughout the world.

I also mention here the 'revisionist' groups, and individuals such as David Irving, who deny that the Holocaust ever took place. With the passage of time most of the survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust are now no more. However, a significant number of organisations continue to promote the fact through various means such as the internet and I gratefully acknowledge the use of material from several of these organisations in this website.

Finally, it would seem certain that the following words of George Santayana, quoted on a large sign in Auschwitz, have, sadly, been largely ignored :

"THE ONE WHO DOES NOT REMEMBER HISTORY IS BOUND TO LIVE THROUGH IT AGAIN"


DISCLAIMER
The contents of this website are intended for public non-commercial use. Any commercial use of this author's copyright material requires permission. The author can be contacted through the Guest Book. This site is intended to be an informal, unofficial, and independent source of interest and information. As such it is not sponsored or endorsed by any organisation or commercial enterprise mentioned herein neither has the author any financial or other interest in those organisations or enterprises. No infringement of copyright is intended and where possible the source of any imported material is acknowledged. In compiling this site the author acknowledges extensive use, for research purposes, of material listed within the text and/or a bibliography where this may be provided.