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Birkenau

By Delg999
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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Tags: Death Architecture Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

Voters: StephenBrighton, Fujiconvert, petra16 and 28 more

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Comments


Fujiconvert 11 1.3k England
18 Mar 2008 7:32PM
Nothing you can say really.Thought provoking.
Phil.

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petra16 Plus
10 169 Scotland
18 Mar 2008 7:32PM
It is a sad reminder of what happened but one we should never forget....


petra
halena2 8 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 7:37PM
A very good photo,and a very very sad reminder of past times.well done!
Terry.
User_Removed 9 172 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 7:55PM
Excellent image of a very poweful subject.

Mark
Rylands 8 1 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 8:16PM
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.
Nick_w 9 4.3k 99 England
18 Mar 2008 8:30PM
Very Emotive..I prefer the mono as it reflects the bleak nature of probably the worst atrocity carried out by man
CPG 8 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 8:45PM
There are very few photos that can make me cry........... but this is one that did. A photo that speaks a million words.
DeSilver Plus
9 13 11 England
19 Mar 2008 8:07AM
Never forget and never, never let it happen again!

David
proz 12 205 United States
19 Mar 2008 1:18PM
an extremely emotive image, the train tracks as your lead in is exceptionally strong and adds so much raw feeling. Outstanding.
GregorP 11 4 Slovenia
19 Mar 2008 2:38PM
Stunning shots...I prefer #2.

Gregor
Sweep 10 43 England
20 Mar 2008 2:20PM
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"
Delg999 8 9 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2008 4:25PM
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
SKavanagh 9 312 5 England
20 Mar 2008 4:57PM
Excellent shot just a shame about its history NO1 & 3 for me
Steve
glyndwr 9 66 9 Wales
21 Mar 2008 12:08PM
Brilliant perspective, great image.

Robert
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
24 Mar 2008 5:26PM
well captured...it's only when you are stood there that the enormity hits you
jeff
riprap007 12 1.6k 37 England
3 Apr 2008 2:11PM
excellent work
SandraKay Plus
9 233 4 United Kingdom
5 May 2008 10:26AM
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

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