Getting to know Auschwitz

A Sunday at rest.  Hey everyone.  I wanted to take a few minutes here to acquaint you all with the organization of the former camp here at Auschwitz.  Throughout this blog, I’ll be referencing various locations and using certain terms that may be a wee bit confusing for those who’ve never had the opportunity to come here.  First of all, the main former camp of Auschwitz, is usually called Auschwitz I.  It’s the place with the infamous “Arbeit Mach Frei” sign over the gate, and the “I” that appears after its name marks a distinction between it and the two other main camps in the complex around the town of Oświęcim.  The largest of these is Birkenau, located about 3 kilometers away from Auschwitz I, and usually referred to as Auschwitz II – Birkenau.  When you see peoples’ photos of an ominous observation tower above railroad tracks, that’s Birkenau, construction of which was begun in Autumn of 1941.  The final camp was Auschwitz III-Monowitz, established in 1942 next to the Buna-Werke synthetic rubber and fuel factory.  There were a total of 47 sub-camps surrounding Auschwitz, but the aforementioned three are the most recognizeable and largest.

As soon as I can get my hands on a little more technology, I’ll show you all where I am at Auschwitz I.  The various museum departments and exhibitions are located within the actual former prisoner barracks, which are called blocks.  Until tomorrow, my temporary office has been in block 25, where you can find the collections department, and next week I’ll be moving to block 12, where I’ll be staying with the education department.

Can’t wait to learn more.  Catch ya tomorrow!

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