Auschwitz and The Holocaust

Auschwitz, or Auschwitz-Birkenau, is the best-known of all the Nazi death camps, and has come to symbolize the Holocaust itself.

Though Auschwitz was just one of six extermination camps, it was also a labor concentration camp, extracting prisoners’ “value” from them, in the form of hard labor, for weeks or months. As the prisoners weakened from disease, or the starvation rations, or overwork, they were selected to be taken to the gas chambers for a more “humane” death. In this, Auschwitz differed from most of the other camps, like Belzec or Treblinka.


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