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This is the entrance to what is sometimes called Auschwitz 2 or more commonly known as Birkenau.

This image shows the entrance to the camp where the trains passed through the building to disgorge their sad load for selection. Over a million people are thought to have past under this arch. They were split into those who were deemed fit to work and those who were to be sent straight to the gas chambers.

When I was in Auschwitz itself I felt the horrors of what was done at that place. When I came here to Birkenau it made me realise the sheer scale of what was done to all those poor people. The camp covers a total of 420 acres and in 1944 it contained a total of 100,000 prisoners.

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Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:sigma 10-20mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Birkenau
Username:Delg999 Delg999
Uploaded:18 Mar 2008 - 7:30 PM
Tags:Architecture, Auschwitz, Birkenau, Camp, Concentration, Death, Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel
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PSILVERMAN
PSILVERMAN  101253 forum posts England
18 Mar 2008 - 7:32 PM

Nothing you can say really.Thought provoking.
Phil.

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petra16
petra16  8169 forum posts Scotland
18 Mar 2008 - 7:32 PM

It is a sad reminder of what happened but one we should never forget....


petra

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halena2
halena2  7 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 - 7:37 PM

A very good photo,and a very very sad reminder of past times.well done!
Terry.

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User_Removed
18 Mar 2008 - 7:55 PM

Excellent image of a very poweful subject.

Mark

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Rylands
Rylands  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2008 - 8:16 PM

A picture that young people should see that the horrible things that were done there never be allowed to happen again. A superb emotional and also frightening reminder.

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 74062 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2008 - 8:30 PM

Very Emotive..I prefer the mono as it reflects the bleak nature of probably the worst atrocity carried out by man

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CPG
CPG  6 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 - 8:45 PM

There are very few photos that can make me cry........... but this is one that did. A photo that speaks a million words.

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 7DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2008 - 8:07 AM

Never forget and never, never let it happen again!

David

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proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
19 Mar 2008 - 1:18 PM

an extremely emotive image, the train tracks as your lead in is exceptionally strong and adds so much raw feeling. Outstanding.

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GregorP
GregorP  9 Slovenia
19 Mar 2008 - 2:38 PM

Stunning shots...I prefer #2.

Gregor

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Sweep
Sweep  843 forum posts England
20 Mar 2008 - 2:20 PM

The mono sems to suit this place, well shot, let no one forget how evil ordinary people can be when miss led by ANY "leader"

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Delg999
Delg999  7 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2008 - 4:25 PM

Hi All

Thanks for your comments & votes.
I must admit that I thought of putting the B&W image first but then I thought that those unfortunate people who past through the gates saw it in colour and it would not have changed much since that time. Had the Russians filmed (or photographed) the horrors of what they saw in colour I don't know if that would be the accepted norm.

Thanks again

Del

Last Modified By Delg999 at 20 Mar 2008 - 4:26 PM

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SKavanagh
SKavanagh  7312 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2008 - 4:57 PM

Excellent shot just a shame about its history NO1 & 3 for me
Steve

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glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2008 - 12:08 PM

Brilliant perspective, great image.

Robert

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104233 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2008 - 5:26 PM

well captured...it's only when you are stood there that the enormity hits you
jeff

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riprap007
riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2008 - 2:11 PM

excellent work

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SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2008 - 10:26 AM

3 very compelling images which convey the feeling that you are being led right up to the gateway to the camp. Well worth the RC and worthy of many more clicks too.
Sandra

Last Modified By SandraKay at 5 May 2008 - 10:29 AM

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