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May 8, 2015

“Train 1000 to Auschwitz” on the 8th of May 2015

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:50 am

You can read about the Train 1000 in today’s news at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150507STO53210/html/Schulz-in-Auschwitz-We-have-come-together-here-to-keep-the-memory-alive

1000 young people were brought on a train to Auschwitz to hear a group of old men speak today at the site of the International Monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau. These young people are being urged to “keep the memory of  Auschwitz alive.”

The photo below was shown at the top of the news article:

20150508PHT54004_originalIn the photo above, you can see part of the International Monument on the right hand side.

You can see the same view of the monument in my 2005 photo below.

International Monument with  the ruins of one of the Auschwitz-Birkeanau gas chambers in the background

International Monument with the ruins of one of the Auschwitz-Birkeanau gas chambers in the background

What this news article doesn’t tell you is that the International Monument was built on top of a road that led to the Sauna where incoming prisoners went sent, to take a shower, immediately after getting off the train.

This road led to the Sauna  where incoming prisoners took a shower

This road led to the Sauna where incoming prisoners took a shower after getting off an incoming  train

The monument is between the ruins of two of the largest gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkeanu. The location  of the monument  prevents tourists from knowing that there was a road which led to the  Sauna.

Some of the prisoners, who got off the train, were given  a shower in the Sauna while their clothing  was disinfected, and they were then given uniforms fresh out of the disinfection chambers.  This was done to save lives; that’s why there are so many Auschwitz survivors still alive today.

The incoming prisoners, who had been selected for work, immediately after getting off the train, were sent to one of the three disinfection buildings that were close to the train tracks. They were given a shower and then given clean  uniforms that had just been disinfected.

Blue stains, from  Zyklon-B, on  the door  into a  disinfection chamber

Blue stains, from Zyklon-B, on the door into a disinfection chamber

When I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2005, the disinfection buildings were off limits. I presume that today’s 1000 students  were not allowed to see these buildings.

It is up to the younger generation to keep the Holocaust story alive. God forbid they should learn what really happened.