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At Birkenau, the trains carrying prisoners arrived directly at the concentration camp. They passed through the heavily guarded entrance gates and pulled up in front of the Nazi officers. Immediately the prisoners were separated into two groups. The strong and healthy were chosen to be forced labourers but the others (around 70% of the total) were selected for extermination. Those who were to die were herded straight to the gas chambers located at the far end of the tracks.

It is estimated that the total number of people to die at Auschwitz was 1.1 million, with around 90% of them Jewish.

This is the third in my Auschwitz series. The other two postings can be found at:
Auschwitz I and
Auschwitz II

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