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Auschwitz concentration camps


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The Auschwitz concentration camp was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. It consisted of Auschwitz I, the main camp (Stammlager) in Oświęcim; Auschwitz II-Birkenau, a concentration and extermination camp built with several gas chambers; Auschwitz III-Monowitz, a labor camp created to staff a factory for the chemical conglomerate IG Farben; and dozens of subcamps. The camps became a major site of the Nazis' Final Solution to the Jewish Question.
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  • Facts 

  • Background 

  • Growth 

  • First mass transport 

  • Crematorium I, first gassings 

  • First mass transport of Jews 

  • Construction 

  • Crematoria II–V 

  • Auschwitz III-Monowitz 

  • Subcamps 

  • SS garrison 

  • Functionaries and ''Sonderkommando'' 

  • Tattoos and triangles 

  • Life for the inmates 

  • Women's camp 

  • Medical experiments, block 10 

  • Punishment, block 11 

  • Death wall 

  • Gypsy family camp 

  • Theresienstadt family camp 

  • Gas chambers 

  • Selection 

  • Inside the crematoria 

  • Use of corpses 

  • Death toll 

  • Camp resistance, flow of information 

  • Escapes, ''Auschwitz Protocols'' 

  • Bombing proposal 

  • ''Sonderkommando'' revolt 

  • Evacuation and death marches 

  • Liberation 

  • Trials of war criminals 

  • Legacy 

  • Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum