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June 30, 2011

train tracks going through the Auschwitz-Birkenau gate house

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 9:24 am

View of Birkenau gatehouse from outside the camp

The photo above shows the entrance to the Birkenau camp, taken from the outside of the camp.  Not a very dramatic shot, is it?  If you want a dramatic shot of the tracks leading into the camp, you have to photograph the gate house from the inside of the camp and pretend that it is the outside; the gate house looks the same on both sides.

Photo frequently used for outside of Birkenau camp

The photo below, taken by me in October 2005, shows the inside of the Birkenau camp.  Note that the pedestrian gate is on the right in both shots.

View of Birkenau gate house from inside the camp

View of the Birkenau tracks from the top of gatehouse

View of Birkenau gate house from the inside

Old photo shows what gatehouse looked like in 1943

The sign, shown in the photo above, is at the site of the Judenrampe where the Jews got off the trains before the tracks were extended inside the camp in 1944 just before the Hungarian Jews were brought to Birkenau, beginning in May 1944.  The Judenrampe, which is gone now, was an actual ramp consisting of a wooden platform.  The ground alongside the tracks inside the Birkenau camp is now called the “ramp” which is confusing because there is no actual ramp there.

People still live just outside the Birkenau camp and there are farms nearby.  The photo below shows houses close to the Birkenau gatehouse.

New houses built very close to the Birkenau gate

The photo below shows two original box cars that were used to bring the Jews to the Birkenau camp.

Original box cars that brought the Jews to Birkenau


  1. The very upper echelons of Britain’s WW1 government were well aware that Zionist Jews in Germany were hoping Germany would be totally crushed, as only that would permit the spread of communism, and perhaps even get them Palestine:

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — June 30, 2014 @ 10:51 am

  2. […] The cover of Denis Avey’s book is plain black with gold letters on the spine.  However, the paper book jacket has a scary-looking photo of the gate house at the entrance into the Auschwitz II camp, aka Birkenau.  The cover photo is inappropriate because Denis Avey was in a POW camp that was seven miles from Birkenau.  Avey’s story has nothing whatsoever to do with the Birkenau death camp.  The photo looks like a recent photo that has been converted from a color photo into black and white and darkened to make it look ominous. I previously blogged about photos of the Birkenau gate house here. […]

    Pingback by Book Report: The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz « Scrapbookpages Blog — July 4, 2011 @ 7:33 am

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