The crematorium in the main Auschwitz camp, later designated as Krema I, was first put into operation in September 1940; prior to that time, bodies were taken to Gleiwitz to be burned in the city crematorium.
Initially, this crematorium contained two ovens which each had two openings, called muffles or retorts. Bodies were shoved inside by means of a device shown in the photo above. The ovens were deep enough to hold two bodies, placed end to end. A third oven was installed at the end of 1941. Krema I was in operation until July 1943.
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siolaw (38254) 2007-02-04 2:33
An impressing image, heavy with content... a reminder of the worst possible human behavior... the dark colors suit the place
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-02-04 4:16
Great capture of this horrible place. I was there but i didn't take a photo. It was forbidden but...Ok
Very well captured with excellent colours and quality.
Have a nice Sunday,
UnTrained (0) 2007-02-04 4:27
I have seen Auschwitz myself in 1978. It is not possible to capture the horror from there even with this good impression from you. But for all who never will be there we need captures to show what people did with people. Thanks for sharing
Vato_Law (12720) 2007-02-04 5:34
A good photo, specially for those who keeps insisting that war is the way to solve the problems, you have here a nice example for them. I remember to have a small document, when I was younger, about this horrible place, but as I was so young I didn't pay to much attention to it as I didn't understand its meaning the I realised that it was a document which prooved how cruel and dark can be the human mind when used with bad intentions.
Thanks for bringing us this photo so that some can refresh their memories and remember that this happened not so long ago...
Budapestman (82620) 2007-02-04 11:50
Stunning sight. This is a very sad historical place.
Very good composition and effective cut. Details are suggestive and talkative.
Thank you,nice days
bullybeef53 (3363) 2007-02-04 18:25
Thank-you eor this reminder-It should never be forgotten.
A Horrible aspect of human nature.
stego (23962) 2007-02-04 20:24
It's kind of strange using nice words to describe a photo of such an horrible place, but I think you did a really good capture. Good compo and sharpness.
TFS, Regards, José.
axiotea (21649) 2007-02-04 22:44
A strong image which reminds us the atrocities of war...the monsters created by Men...If we think about, was mot so long ago...
rafid76 (0) 2007-02-05 3:04
strong photo, and yes your note is exellent but unfortunatly there are many despots that are ruling countries and causing a holocust of another kind, like bush in iraq or sharon in palastine. unfortuantly some nations forget the injustice done to them in the past and project the same terror on other weak people that means them no harm. as far as your photo, it is very important and well compsed as it shows the horros humans can implore on each other.
thierry37 (669) 2007-02-05 6:00
no me extrana que estes tencionado en este lugar. tu composicion es muy buena y no se puede decir que la foto es bonita pero se puede decir que es muy fuerte y intereante.
branley (3681) 2007-02-05 6:36
I can imagine how you must have felt because we visited Oradour-sur-Glane last September, it was a sombre experience and even now I'm unable to post any photographs. Forget the quality of your image, the story needs to be rekindled every so often to remind us of man's inhumanity to man.
syd1946 (18663) 2007-02-05 10:17
Impresive image with great interesting about the history and the facts happened there.Fine documentary shot!
deblink (2548) 2007-02-05 15:04
I can understand your stress levels during your visit to the crematorium. It is a very thought provoking photo and I thank you for sharing it with us as a reminder. I had second thoughts about viewing it but am glad I did. Thank you.
prezntime (3946) 2007-02-10 0:41
It is sickening is what it is...Thwe amount of fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers..etc that were ruthlessly murdered...amazing that it can be calmly experienced...just horrible.
A deeply moving photograph.
plimrn (21344) 2007-02-20 23:33
I keep wanting to look at any shot but this one; I expect that's why I should look. Your quality is good enough to show horrifying detail. I have often said I used to feel critical of the Germans who allowed this to happen until I tried everything in my power to change the direction of my country. This picture however makes it clear that it's not quite the same thing. I really can't look at this picture without crying.
pboehringer (770) 2007-03-29 22:25
Roberto, I don't think that it matters if the quality is good or bad. This type of category doesn't fit here. This shot is all about documentation and pausing for a long moment and rethinking our human values. As a german in third generation after WWII I also wonder and ask myself, what would have I done differently than what my grandparents did during this dark ages and I have to be humble and say: I don't know, probably not a lot different after all!
Hellas (6795) 2007-04-13 2:23
Hi Roberto and congratulations for this picture. The photograph is the memory itself. You had to show this one. This is a bad history and not a myth. I don't care about the quality of which I don't complain at all because it is good.
Thank you very much for sharing, indeed.
Have a nice day.
calimex (151) 2007-05-20 0:01
This is an incredibly powerful image. There are no words to describe this adequately. I am moved by the wreath that someone has left, as well as what appear to Japanese peace cranes, which I saw in abundance at Ground Zero in Hiroshima.
Thank you for sharing this powerful photograph with us and the world via TE.
My best to you,
kri54 (1515) 2007-06-23 2:52
photo très émouvante, très bien prise, pas d'effet misérable, très digne et moderne
pelin (2789) 2008-03-23 1:43
Hello Roberto! Yes, image could be better.. I see you have visited Auschwitz during your trip to Poland.
I think it is really hard to take a good shot in such a place. When I was visiting Auschwitz first time, I was too stressed to take photos...
~Thanks for comment on my photo,
have a nice sunday!
kyzer (341) 2008-06-12 21:04
Great image from sad historical place..the message should be any kind of harm against mankind should be disgraced and stopped.. not acceptable..be whatever religion, or color or gender..
thanks for bring us this image..
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2009-07-16 10:03
Hi, Roberto -
A difficult but necessary photo, showing the degree to which the Nazis were able to dehumanize and mechanize murder and genocide.
I would just like to add another word, after seeing some of the comments. The word "holocaust" needs to be reserved for ultimate acts such as this one, the attempted destruction of an entire people, both physical and spiritual destruction. Its use for lesser crimes, however horrible they are, cheapens the memory of those who died in these ovens. The holocaust was the deliberate Nazi plan to wipe out the name and memory of the entire Jewish people in Europe, and, if they had had their way, throughout the world, for no other reason than that they were Jews.
edcone (0) 2010-05-06 18:33
Your photo serves its purpose admirably. And it reminds us, this ghastly place, that this is what humans do. We call such behavior "inhuman." But it is, in true fact, quite human. And could happen again at any time. Your poignant reminder may help prevent that. Thank you for undergoing the emotional stress of taking this and other pictures.
japiey (10163) 2011-12-15 0:07
Hi Roberto ~
Excellent image of the crematorium.
The tones are really impressive.
- Copyright: Roberto Salguero (robertosalguero) (246)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2005-05-00
- Categories: Ruins, Decisive Moment
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- Date Submitted: 2007-02-04 2:21
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