1.3 million people were sent to Birkenau from every corner of Europe through long and exhausting trips by any means of transportation - often carried in animal wagons. The camp's rails are its trademark; they extend all the way into the camp's entrance to assist a quick selection of the newcomers. Doctor Joseph Mengele picked its guinea pigs right on that deck.
During the initial prisoners' selection, documents show the camp's soldiers to appear happy with a smile upon their face - they were ordered to do so in order to promote a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a promising future instead of extinction and death.
The railway map
All cities where prisoners have been transfered from.
The initial selection upon arrival.
The entrance to the camp.
The blocks where the prisoners were living.
Every citizen of the world has a duty to visit the camps once in their lifetime. It is neither a fun, nor a pleasant tour. The historical facts offered aren't actually of a pleasing outcome. It is a shocking tour - a visit worth having. It is the only way to understand the importance of the crime commited in this place though.
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