Saturday, July 17, 2010

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

The Nazis opened the Aushwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1940 in the occupied Polish town of Oswieçim.

An estimated 1,100,000 Jews, 150,000 Poles, 23,000 Roma (Gypsies), 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war and over 10,000 prisoners from other countries were sent to Auschwitz.

All told, that's over 1,298,000 prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In January of 1945, Soviet Red Army soldiers would liberate Auschwitz.

Only 7,000 survivors were found.

At the start of World War II, 65,000 Jews lived in Kraków. Only 6,000 Kraków Jews survived the Holocaust.

Today's Kraków has only about 100 Jewish residents.


Michael Contreras said...

Thank you for the black and white photos. They spoke fir themselves.

David said...

I absolutely agree with Michael: The starkness of the black and white photos is exactly right.

George said...

Jason Johnson was and is my teacher.