Auschwitz, Poland

It was heart wrenching walking through the Auschwitz concentration camp. There was a sign on the gate entrance that said work sets you free in the translation. How anyone could treat anyone like the Jews were treated is beyond comprehension. They lived on a five hundred calorie a day diet. The soup was only a broth. If the grain had worms in it they still had to eat it. Diarrhea and lice were common with their horrible living conditions.

The concentration camp known as Auschwitz, Birkenau , opened in 1940 and was the largest Nazi concentration or death camp in Poland. The amount of Jews that died in Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945 was about 1.1 million. During World War 2 Hitler had his Nazi’s and SS men rounded up and killed many people that he felt were not a superior race. Hitler wanted an only Aryan race. The master race is the Nazi ideology. Hitler was obsessed with racial purity.

During the Holocaust 6 million European Jews were murdered in World War 2 . Nazi Germany was responsible for the genocide of many Jews or people that were not of the Aryan race. Soviet citizens and POWS, Poles, Serbs, Romani, Freemasons, Slovenes, Spanish Republicans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Homosexuals and Disabled people were also Holocaust victims.

When the Jews entered the Auschwitz concentration camp they had to remove artificial limbs, clothing, shoes, jewelry, and personal items. They left their suitcases, pots and pans and any money they had once they entered the concentration camp. It was heart wrenching to see the baby shoes, makeup, and everything that was robbed from them and how their families suffered from the atrophies that they had to endure.

They were told they had to take a shower before they could enter their living area which was a a ruse to get them to enter the gas chamber. Those that they wanted for work detail were tattooed on their wrist and they wore a striped jump suit.

The gas chambers would kill a person in 20 minutes. The very young and the old were taken to the gas chambers right away. The young and the able were forced to work until they could not and than they were taken to the gas chamber and the cyanide gas would suffocate you. If you happened to live through the gas chamber you would be taken out and shot to death. If you could no longer work or collapsed  you were shot to death.

If you were a Doctor or chemist or had a skill that they highly needed in Germany for the War effort or medical purposes you would live until you could no longer function or someone with more knowledge came a long to replace you.

The ovens burned a lot of bodies in one day because they killed many Jews in one day and they had the ovens operating at full capacity 24 hours a day. People said they could smell the burning bodies for miles away.

They had a general latrine with no privacy. There was a standing cell were four people stood next to each other naked and could not move. There were straw mats on the floor for sleeping and four to five people per mat. If one turned over they would all have to turn over on the mat.  Some people were forced to stand for sixteen days in a row. If you ventured beyond the fence you were shot and killed automatically.

Gold fillings were removed without pain killers. Your hair was shaved off of your head and your hair was made into mattresses or blankets. Human skin was made into lamp shades. It is beyond human what some people have to go through in their lifetime because of who is in control and there is no one that can stop that person. Jesus went through a lot in his lifetime to save us from our sins.

When the war was won the Americans came to to the concentration camp and they were astonished by the condition of the Jewish people in Auschwitz. The people still barely alive were skin and bone. When the camp was liquidated in Jan. 1945 9,054 out of 9,792 people were Jews.

I hope with all of my heart and soul that we never let history repeat itself. There is no one race or religion or one person that is any better than anybody else is. We all want to enjoy our lives in a productive and peaceful manner. God bless our diverse nation.

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