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March 21, 2018

My first visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau — many years ago

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:55 pm

This morning, I read a news article about high school students who had recently visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Many years ago, I wrote about my first visit to Birkenau: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Birkenau01B.html

The following quote is from my website:

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Auschwitz II, also known as Birkenau, was the largest of the Nazi extermination centers; by the Spring of 1943, Birkenau had 2 very large underground gas chambers, 2 smaller above-ground gas chambers, and an old farmhouse called “the little white house” that were used for gassing the Jews. Another old farmhouse, called “the little red house,” that was used as the first gas chamber at Birkenau, had been torn down.

The word Birkenau means birch tree meadow. The grove of birch trees at the western end of the Auschwitz II camp is shown in the photo below.

My photo of Birch trees at Birkenau

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