Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Topics: Auschwitz concentration camp, Nazi concentration camps, Zyklon B Pages: 3 (866 words) Published: January 26, 2014
 Starvation, disease, suffrage and torture!! Although there were many concentration camps, Auschwitz was the deadliest and the most inhumane of all. During World War II over 1.6 million people were murdered at Auschwitz in torturous and disturbing ways, that changed many families forever. On the day of March 27, 1942 the first train full of French Jewish men, women and children were taken completely by force to Auschwitz concentration camp from Drancy, France. The word concentration means to compact into one area and that’s exactly what the Nazi soldiers did. The Nazi’s all followed a man named Adolph Hitler, who believed that there should be a pure race and that the Jewish population should be exterminated completely.

The camp construction first began in 1940 and wasn’t completely finished till 1942. Rudolph Hoss became the first commandant of the camp. It was known as the largest of its kind because it could hold up to 150,000 people at a given time. Many Jewish people were put to death but some were also used as slaves. On the train ride to Auschwitz, men, women and children were forced to live without food, water, toilets and were given barley enough air for the long journey.

When the prisoners arrived to the camp they were separated into two lines. The first line consisted of the men and women who looked fit to become labor slaves. The second line consisted of children, elderly, and visibly pregnant women who were unfit to work and were sent to “Take a shower”. Theses so called showers were really gas chambers where the Jews would be exterminated with Zyklon B pellets. Zyklon B was the poison that was dropped into the chambers through a small hole in the ceiling into the gas chamber. Once the pellets hit the air it turned into a lethal gas and could kill hundreds of Jewish people within twenty minutes. The dead bodies were taken out by slaves and taken to crematoriums or outdoor pyres. There the bodies would be burned and some of...
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