Auschwitz II-Birkenau was designated by Heinrich Himmler, who was the Reichsführer and Germany's Minister of the Interior, as the place of the "final solution of the Jewish question in Europe". From spring 1942 until the fall of 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp's gas chambers from all over Nazi-occupied Europe. The camp's first commandant, Rudolf Höss, testified after the war at the Nuremberg Trials that up to three million people had died there (2.5 million exterminated, and 500,000 from disease and starvation), a figure since revised to 1.1 million, around 90 percent of them Jews. (wikipedia)
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kbr61263 (10) 2011-02-08 10:17
the mud damp and coldness of monochrome suits this place.looking down with fences on either side holding in the empty barracks makes me feel like I am an outsider looking into a deoslate hell
mikeyeats (1019) 2011-02-09 10:31
This is the best B&W picture I have seen for a while on TE.
The empty gloominess of the image, the damp and decay sum up what happened here. The fences leading off to the site of some unseen other horror leave me in deep thought.
Technically well done.
All the best