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The black and white shocking Auschwitz pictures taken while the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz still operated tend to influence the way we imagine the place today. Indeed – during your tour to this bleak place, you will encounter a lot of faded photos of its former prisoners put on display there. It is also a fact that the overall impression of this UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site is not the most pleasant place on Earth you will ever sightsee, just like those old Auschwitz pictures indicate it. However, once you take your informative tour to Auschwitz and Birkenau extermination facilities, you will also realise another thing. Namely, that there are colours present all around the space.
This discovery will make the past of Auschwitz – a camp where the Holocaust was put into a halt just about 70 years ago – less distant than ever before. Curious of what the most infamous concentration camp of Europe looks like today before you visit? See the Auschwitz photos and maps below to familiarise yourself with some of the views you may expect. Wondering what Auschwitz of today looks like when captured by a moving picture? Look at videos of Auschwitz and its contemporary shape.
Arbeit Macht Frei Gate Pictures
“Auschwitz today” is a place you will enter the same way most of the political prisoners of its older part did: through the gate bearing “Arbeit mach frei” inscription. It was made in the camp’s forge by some selected inmates of the camp back in 1940. The gate was what columns of slave labourers from Auschwitz used to march through on everyday basis, often as accompanied by the sounds of a camp orchestra, composed of 71 skilled prisoners.AUSCHWITZ I BARRACKS PHOTOS
Upon your visit to Auschwitz, you will be let inside some of its barracks where special exhibitions are held. The raw architecture of small-windowed, brick-made barracks surrounded by squares and alleys broad enough to allow for endless roll calls by the Nazi torturers is indicative of the horrors that were lived through inside. Block 10 you will sightsee among others is particularly infamous for the criminal medical experiments carried out by dr Carl Clauberg inside.
Block 7 – Daily Routine
This picture of Auschwitz shows a typical interior of a barrack where inmates were forced to live. Prisoners of Auschwitz would share wooden cots with their fellow imprisoned ones, sleep on the floor covered with hay or straw mattresses. The door of Block 7 lets us inside a place where Auschwitz prisoners were gathered, exposing us to sets of pictures of Auschwitz detainees, piles of their personal belongings, showing us the camp latrines and baths.
Block 11 is where you will see some cells, having been where various “refined” tortures were applied to prisoners. Forcing them to stand day and night locked in a small space (1 square metre) in groups of four was only one of them.
Execution wall photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau
As seen on Auschwitz map, the Execution Wall of Auschwitz is placed between Blocks 10 and 11. This is where the disobedient prisoners of the camp used to be shot. In special cases, death sentences were passed by courts operating inside the barrack adjoined to the courtyard occupied by the wall.
You will often see fresh flowers placed at the site, as well as at many other locations inside the camp where a considerable number of prisoners were killed.
The Death Gate to Concentration Camp
This picture of Auschwitz today shows the entrance to Birkenau, dubbed into “the Death Gate” by the prisoners of this extermination facility. This is what 40 to 50 trains filled with Jews (particularly – sent from Hungary) would pass through each day, starting in the middle of May, 1944. The route led to the third unloading ramp– since the railway had been extended to reach the internal part of the camp, the process of selection was conducted just before the eyes of the remaining prisoners. There was literally not a single prisoner or victim of Auschwitz-Birkenau ramp not having been transported inside through this raw and blood chilling construction.
The unloading ramp
Overall, there were three different unloading ramps built throughout the operation of Auschwitz camp. “Alte Judenrampe” was the longest used one, with the span of its usability determined between 1942 and May 1944. The ramp was located between the camps of Auschwitz I and II (Birkenau). After the frequency of transports to Auschwitz intensified, the Nazi operators relocated both the ramp and selection process behind the Death Gate.
This was all meant to facilitate the process of classifying the newcomers as capable for work (nearly 20% of all Jews transported to the camp) or sentenced to death inside a gas chamber (the rest of transported ones). This is where families were separated, personal belongings – confiscated and many prisoners killed on the spot to show the rest that their life only depended on the whims of their oppressors.
The Vast space of Auschwitz
The picture says a lot about how large the camp of Auschwitz was – the barbed-wired area of both constituents of it used to make up the biggest extermination and concentration camp of entire Europe. Complemented by high voltage applied to the wire and a lot of watchtowers, the camp was nearly impossible to escape from.
This only makes shocking Auschwitz pictures truly miraculous ones. Fortunately, some of them managed to survive the largest mass genocide of the 20th century after the concentration camp of Auschwitz was liberated in the January of 1945.
Barracks with inhuman conditions
The barracks erected in Birkenau were originally designed as horse stables. Not resistant to freezing temperatures, complemented with 6-person bunk beds, each of them was initially intended to accommodate for up to 250 prisoners. In fact, these facilities were often overcrowded, filled with as many as 1,000 inmates each in 1944.
In the photograph above, you can see the interior of one of these barracks. You will be let inside to realise how harsh the existence of an Auschwitz prisoner was.
360 Video showing Auschwitz at the end of 2016
The Camp Latrines
The picture of Auschwitz above proves that the living conditions at Birkenau are horrifying even when captured in pictures. Both intimacy and privacy were the concepts totally denied to its prisoners. The quarantine section of Auschwitz-Birkenau is where you will see that the latrines implemented in this part of the camp were simply… holes made in a concrete block. Such provisional conditions were something accompanying the inmates at every step of their life led there.
Gas Chamber photo
This will possibly be the most moving part of your tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau. There was initially one gas chamber operating in Auschwitz, as joined to crematory I since 1941. Having the dimensions of 17 x 4,5 m, the entrance to this obscure space had the inscription suggesting there was a washing room inside. This gas chamber had the capacity of 700 to 800 people subject to the planned killing it served. Later on, there were 2 additional gas chambers (“red” and “white” houses) built inside nearby houses left by their Polish owners after the camp had been established.
Four more crematories were erected in Birkenau between 1942 and 1943. Having the capacity of their gas chambers boosted (up to 2,500 people gassed at one time), they had been designed to resemble showering rooms as well. As only the door was locked behind the people gathered inside, the operators of Holocaust used to insert Zyklon B gas inside, watching the death of their victims through a glazed door panel. The gas chamber you see in the contemporary picture from Auschwitz above has its walls scratched by those slowly dying inside after they had realized what was happening to them.
Crematoria in Auschwitz
The process of Holocaust was meant to be an efficient machine where the lives of individuals did not matter to any of its perpetrators. During your tour to Auschwitz, you will see the interior of crematorium I within the premises of Auschwitz I. This is where the members of Sonderkommando were harnessed to dispose of the bodies of Jews murdered inside gas chambers, transporting anything of value found by them to the storehouse operating inside “Canada” barrack until July 1943.
Crematoria II-V, built in the territory of Birkenau a bit later, were managed to be partially to wholly destroyed during the withdrawal of the Nazi staff of the camp near the end of WWII. The reason was that leaving them intact would leave too much evidence in the hands of the Allies in the case of being defeated by them. The same was applied to Canada barrack and a number of facilities surrounding the extermination-aimed places of the camp.
Auschwitz today is a memorial place to the tragedy of Holocaust and the victims classified as undesirable minorities or the political prisoners of the Third Reich. The oldest part of the museum encompasses the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz I. The 22 blocks of brick already present there in 1940 had been originally built as barracks for the Austrian and Polish armies. Later on, the facility was enlarged by 8 new blocks, administrative buildings and a crematorium.