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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