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OSWIECIM
"In Italy, the country where fascism was born, we have a particular relation with the Holocaust,
but as a turning point in history it belongs to everybody in the world.
It is a part of humanity."
Roberto Benigni.

The Holocaust.
The darkest page of the 20th century.
In the Germany of 1938 the Kristallnacht marks the beginning of a vortex of terror that will engulf Europe. The deportation and murder of millions of Jews, Roma, political dissidents, homosexuals and enemies of the Reich have in Auschwitz and Birkenau its maximum expression.
When the Russians were advancing on the Eastern Front the Nazi destroyed part of the evidences by shelling the camp, here are the remains.

The camps were built near a small polish city named Oswiecim, whose name in german is Auschwitz.

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Inmates had to rest on wooden tables covered with straw.
Each barrack could host up to five hundred prisoners.
In Auschwitz, I had the opportunity to take pictures of some jews that were visiting the camp. Once arrived in the gas chambers they started to pray and move in their typical way.
... At their arrive to the camp the prisoners were stripped of their belongings, some were sent to immediate death because they were considered unable to work. The others were sent to take showers, get shaved and tattooed, waiting naked in the outside for hours, in the snow in winters, in line for a so hot shower that burned their skin. All that was seized, or better stolen, was massed and stored and later found when the camp was freed.
The nazi called the gas chambers "Bath for special purposes" and in Auschwitz the four chambers could kill two thousand person per time in less then 30 minutes. In Birkenau female inmates could use a public bath. It was simply a concreet pool that today is filled with rainwater and plants.


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