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Auschwitz

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1942. In the middle of World War II and with the world upside down, Germany decided to start with one of the worst genocides in history. Hitler and company, believed that individual’s characteristics were determined by their “race”. To carry out its ideology, the Third Reich used ideas from German social Darwinists. They believed that human beings were divided in races and they, inherited their genetic characteristics from generation to generation. But, they did not speak just about physical concepts, but also mental aspects or different personal skills.

Thus, they ruled that the Aryan race did not have to be “mixed with any other”. They did believe that exterminated Jews or Gypsies was their solution… And moreover: homosexuals, disabled, prisoners of war or simply anyone they wanted.

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To cexecute all these atrocities, the concentration camps came. One of the most known, Auschwitz, the largest one, created by the Nazi army.

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The famous entrance to the camp with the slogan: “Work will set you free”

 59 km from Krakow, the complex comprised 3 different fields that were opened with the pass of the years.

I remember when I was a child and I first heard this story. “Let’s Improve a group of individuals killing another”. At the time, it made no sense. Today, even less.          But for some reason, I needed to go. I wanted to see everything with my own eyes and finally understand what was going on there.

Transported in totally closed wagons for days with no food, no drink, no air … As if they were merchandise.

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The entrance of the train with prisoners

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One of the wagons that was used to carry prisoners

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Once arrived, they found the worst place they could imagine.

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No beds or rooms. Wood and straw, like animals. And what about all those who supervised the camp? No words, no one. Either by their families that were living with this terrible slaughter views from their beautiful houses.

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What they called “beds”

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Latrines

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Lives and lives, lifeless. Families, children, elderly … tortured and killed every day as if their lives were worth less than their murderers

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Ashes from some of the victims

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If there was a voice that screamed against all this, never heard, or at least not loud enough.

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And even if today it seems like there are only ruins left, the memory of the million and a half people who died in Auschwitz, is still alive and it always will.

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Rests of the gas chamber

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Autor: María Subirán

Estudiante de Relaciones Internacionales y Periodismo

Un pensamiento en “Auschwitz

  1. Entrada muy interesante… estuve hace unos años en Auschwitz y la verdad es que impresiona.

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