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Arbeit macht frei

Arbeit macht frei
Photo Information
Copyright: Nayden Yotov (childharold) (299)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-06
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D300 DSLR, Tokina 12-24mm f/4
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-22 11:16
Viewed: 1892
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The sign was made by Polish workers on Nazi orders after the Auschwitz barracks were converted into a labor camp to house captured Polish resistance fighters in 1940.
Auschwitz had for a long time been a German name for Oświęcim, the town by and around which the camps were located; the name "Auschwitz" was made the official name again by the Germans after they invaded Poland in September 1939. Birkenau, the German translation of Brzezinka (= "birch tree"), referred originally to a small Polish village that was destroyed by the Germans to make way for the camp.

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