The title of my blog post is a quote from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/14454508.Feature__Time_will_not_allow_us_to_forget/
The following quote is from the news article:
These [Jewish] prisoners did not have a choice and millions did not get the chance to live their lives.
By 1941 the Nazi genocide had stepped up and Auschwitz [the main camp] became too small due to the sheer number of prisoners arriving from across occupied countries.
Two miles away is the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau – a camp with an area covering an area the size of 250 football pitches.
The scale of Birkenau is overwhelming, and harrowingly it was built for the sole purpose of murdering Jews.
The news article does not explain why such a huge place was needed to kill the Jews. The size of the Birkenau camp is 425 acres. It is a mile long and a mile and a half wide. Allegedly, nothing went on in this huge camp except the murdering of the Jews.
The following quote is also from the news article:
The first camp we visited was Auschwitz [the main camp], one hour from Krakow airport.
Originally the site was used as a [German Army] barracks but when the Nazis invaded Poland the empty buildings became the first concentration camp in that area.
As we made our way under the ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign at the gates, the persecution was revealed in greater detail.
The sign translates as ‘work makes you free’ – a sick joke by the Nazis, as nobody was supposed to leave the camp alive. [This slogan was only used on Class I camps where prisoners had a chance to be set free.]
More likely than not you have heard horrifying stories from survivors or other Holocaust educators but the true extent cannot be described without seeing it for yourself.
Many of the cell blocks now contain masses of belongings taken from the prisoners.