road to hell
|Copyright: francesco De Florio (deffra)
|Date Taken: 2014-05-31|
|Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2015-06-28 6:00|
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Construction on Auschwitz II-Birkenau began in October 1941 to ease congestion at the main camp. Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, head of the Schutzstaffel (SS), intended the camp to house 50,000 prisoners of war, who would be interned as forced laborers. Plans called for the expansion of the camp first to house 150,000 and eventually as many as 200,000 inmates. An initial contingent of 10,000 Soviet prisoners of war arrived at Auschwitz I in October 1941, but by March 1942 only 945 were still alive, and these were transferred to Birkenau, where most of them died from disease or starvation by May. By this time Hitler had decided to annihilate the Jewish people, so Birkenau was repurposed as a combination labor camp / extermination camp.
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A powerful message and scary thought of what really happened.
Ciao Francesco, triste foto, ma hai fatto bene a postarla, troppa genta sta dimenticando questa tragedia, bravo, ciao Silvio