And they were told “Labor makes you free”…
With the establishment of the extermination camps, such as Auschwitz, came the near destruction of the population of European Jews; the torturous conditions implemented upon these extraordinary people easily surpass the imaginations of even today's most knowledgeable intellectuals.When Hitler took over the position of German President after Hindenburg, he decided to kill Jews in a mass murders that would burn into the minds of so many forever.He felt that Jews were "sub-humans" and that they did not deserve to live.He blamed them for his defeat in World War I.Hitler's hatred of Jews led to what he called the "Final Solution" or complete obliteration of the European Jews.Heinrich Himmler ordered the establishment of thefirst camp on April 27, 1940.1A."Auschwitz, Polish Oswiecim, also called Auschwitz-Birkenau, Nazi Germany's largest concentration camp and extermination camp, located near the Polish town of Oswiecim in Galicia. 2D."The function of the camp initially was to intimidate Poles and prevent resistance to German rule.It was also perceived as a cornerstone of the policy to re-colonize Upper Silesia, which had once been a German region, with'Pure Aryans'." 3D."Thefirst transport of prisoners, almost all Polish civilians, arrived in June 1940 and the SS administration staff was established.On March 1, 1941, the camp population was 10,900." 4D."The main camp population grew from 18,000 in December 1942 to 30,000 in March 1943.
2A."Auschwitz I throughout its history was reserved for political prisoners, mainly Poles and Germans.It was supplemented in October 1941 by'Auschwitz II' or Birkenau, located outside the nearby village of Brzezinka.There the SS later developed a huge extermination complex- including Badeanstalten (bathhouses) used fo…