Auschwitz

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Auschwitz
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Location: Poland
Purpose: Concentration camp

During World War II, many Jews were imprisoned in concentration camps such as Auschwitz.

Notable Occupants

Notable Visitors

  • Nazi guards

Background

After Germany occupied Poland in 1939 during World War II, the Germans built the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1940. Between 1940 and 1945, at least 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed in the Auschwitz camps.

About

Graphic Novel:Wireless, Part 1

In 1944, Ruth Meisner is captured by the Nazis while fighting in World War II Germany. She is beaten and taken to Auschwitz.

Graphic Novel:Wireless, Part 3

On route to Auschwitz, a Nazi guard leers at Ruth. Feeling harassed, the prisoner kicks her captor square in the chin, effectively knocking him out.

Graphic Novel:Wireless, Part 4

Hana remembers that her grandmother remained proud during her interment at Auschwitz.

Notes

  • The exact number of people killed at Auschwitz is unknown; estimates range from 1.1 to 3 million. About 90 percent of Auschwitz victims were Jewish.
  • The Nazis built Auschwitz by converting Polish military barracks into a concentration camp.

Trivia

  • Auschwitz is located in the Polish town of Oświęcim.
  • The facility actually consisted of three camps: Auschwitz I, a concentration camp; Auschwitz II (Birkenau), an execution camp; and Auschwitz III (Monowitz), a labor camp.
  • The entrance to Auschwitz I bears the motto, "Arbeit macht frei," meaning, "Work will set you free." The letter "B" on the sign is upside down—a relic of the passive resistance the Jews showed while interred.
  • Anne Frank was briefly held in Auschwitz before being transferred to another camp.
  • Novelist Elie Wiesel survived Auschwitz.
  • Auschwitz was liberated on January 27th, 1945.

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