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September 8, 2014

I visited Auschwitz twice and all I got were these lousy photos

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:54 am
Getty Images photo shows iconic sign at Auschwitz main camp

Getty Images photo shows iconic sign at Auschwitz

I made two trips to the main Auschwitz concentration camp, in 1998 and again in 2005, but I did not see the sign which is shown in the photo above, credited to Getty Images.

I don’t see how I could have missed this sign.  I took photos of many of the details of the camp, including the photo below.

Danger sign at Auschwitz main camp

Danger sign at Auschwitz main camp

Roller used to smooth the streets of Auschwitz

Roller used to smooth the streets of Auschwitz

Fence post at Auschwitz

Fence post at Auschwitz

The Getty Images photo was taken near one of the fence posts on the streets of the main Auschwitz camp.  I don’t know how I could have missed the sign in the Getty Images photo.

Guard box in the main Auschwitz camp

Guard box in the main Auschwitz camp

Dead tree, shown in 1998 photo, has been replaced

Dead tree, shown in 1998 photo, has been replaced

A street in the main Auschwitz camp

A street in the main Auschwitz camp

There is a tiny sign in the photo above, which probably says “Keep off the Grass,” but where is the danger sign.  Has the sign, which is shown in the Getty Images photo, been added since I was there?

Update 2:45 p.m.

After seeing the map, shown below, which was provided by The Black Rabbit of Inlé, I am convinced that the sign shown in the Getty Images photo has been added since I was at Auschwitz in 2005.  The location of the sign in my photo and the location of the Getty Images sign are indicated by the two red dots on the left side of the photo.

Map of Auschwitz main camp shows location of warning signs

Map of Auschwitz main camp shows location of warning signs

My 2005 photo below shows the exit from the Auschwitz camp with Block 24 on the right. The sign in the Getty Images photo is close to Block 24.

Looking toward the exit from the Auschwitz camp with Block 24 on the right

Looking toward the exit from the Auschwitz camp with Block 24 on the right

The photo below, which was provided by The Black Rabbit of Inlé , shows the warning sign in the Getty Images photo. Note the white building on the left hand side.  This can only be the SS hospital which is close to the gas chamber.

Auschwitz photo taken by "The Black Rabbit"

Auschwitz photo taken by “The Black Rabbit”

My 2005 photo below shows the SS hospital on the left.  I took this photo from the roof of the gas chamber.

SS hospital is no the left. This photo was taken from the roof of the gas chamber

SS hospital is on the left. This photo was taken from the roof of the gas chamber

My photo of Block 24, taken in 2005, shows that there was no warning sign near this building at that time.

Block 24 at Auschwitz main camp had no warning sign near it in 2005

Block 24 at Auschwitz main camp had no warning sign near it in 2005

It appears that the Auschwitz main camp, which was a camp for political prisoners, has been made to look more sinister in recent years, by the addition of some old warning signs that were pulled out of storage.