Auschwitz : A System Of Concentration / Death Camps Essay example

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Auschwitz is a system of concentration/death camps that were opened in 1940, and maintained by the Nazi soldiers (History). It is located in southern Poland. The camp was originally used to hold political prisoners, but later on it was converted into an extermination camp for the Jewish people, and other enemies of the Nazi’s. Also, when the camp was operational, torturous medical experiments were being done to the prisoners of the camp. This camp is the most known concentration camp, and it is also known well for being the deadliest of all the camps.
Auschwitz I was the main camp of the three different camps in the Auschwitz system, and was the first one built. Before the camp split this was the one and only Auschwitz camp, but it became difficult to run such a big camp so it was split into three camps. This camp when in operation held around 16,000 people with 10,000 of them being Jewish (KL Auschwitz-Birkenau). Within this camp were the main offices, including the political department, and the main supply stores, SS companies and various workshops (Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints). The camp was designed to slowly kill the prisoners through the deprivation of the basic amenities of life, and to kill them by gas chambers (History).
Birkenau is one of the three camps that are associated with the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp system after the separation. The camp’s formal name is Auschwitz II-Birkenau. This camp is the largest, and most…

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