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Auschwitz and Birkenau (ePub)

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Military WWII > Photographic eBooks WWII > Poland in WWII

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 40.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 170
Illustrations: 300
ISBN: 9781473856882
Published: 21st November 2016


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Auschwitz and Birkenau were separate from each other,by about a 45 minute walk. Auschwitz was adapted to hold political prisoners in 1940 and evolved into a killing machine in 1941. Later that year a new site called Birkenau was found to extend the Auschwitz complex. Here a vast complex of buildings were constructed to hold initially Russian POWs and later Jews as a labour pool for the surrounding industries including IG Farben. Following the January 1943 Wannsee Conference, Birkenau evolved into a murder factory using makeshift houses which were adapted to kill Jews and Russian POWs. Later due to sheer volume Birkenau evolved into a mass killing machine using gas chambers and crematoria, while Auschwitz, which still held prisoners, became the administrative centre.

The images show first Auschwitz main camp and then Birkenau and are carefully chosen to illustrate specific areas, like the Women’s Camp, Gypsy Camp, SS quarters, Commandant’s House, railway disembarkation, the ‘sauna’, disinfection area and the Crematoria. Maps covering Auschwitz and Birkenau explain the layout

This book is shocking proof of the scale of the Holocaust.

This for me, is necessary reading for anyone interested in World War II and the atrocities committed during this. This is something we should never forget happened and it is a book that I would recommend too – it is 4 stars from me for this one – highly recommended!

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About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter is a much-published author and photographic collector whose books draw an increasing following. Among his many previous titles in the Images of War Series are Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Ghettos of Nazi Occupied Poland, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division, SS Totenkopf Division At War, Waffen SS of the Baltic States, Waffen SS at Arnhem and Waffen SS in the Ardennes. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp opens

14th June 1940

Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp opens in Nazi controlled Poland with Polish POWs, later expanded to include civilian Jews and gypsies (approx. 3 million would die within its walls)

Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland

27th January 1945

Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland

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