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The last days in hell – the liberation of Auschwitz part I

Many words have been devoted to describing the hell that was created in Auschwitz. These words are meant as a warning for future generations, a hint about the blind alleys of our civilization. We must learn the anatomy of evil to avoid its symptoms in the future. We must also know how such evil ends,...
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August Kowalczyk

A well-known Polish film and theatre actor. He wanted to be a priest, but the war thwarted his plans. He ended up in Auschwitz, from which he managed to escape. After he retired, he created a one-man show with a meaningful title 6804, which told about the camp’s hell. Who was August Kowalczyk? Kowalczyk came...
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Christian Spirituality in Auschwitz – Part II: Spiritual Camp Life

In the previous text, we described the situation of the clergy in the Auschwitz concentration camp. We want to dedicate this to the question of how the clergy imprisoned in the camp took care of their fellow prisoners and fellow Christians. Religious Practices in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp The masses It is worth noting at...
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Christian Spirituality in Auschwitz – Part I: Clergymen in the Camp

The Auschwitz concentration camp as the place of the final extermination of more than a million people seems to be a place without hope. But there were some who, even in absolute darkness, were determined to give support to the inmates. This text is the first of two parts dealing with Christian spirituality in the...
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His fists kept him alive

While we associate the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with hard work and rather passivity towards the Nazis, he fought to survive. And he fought it, in a battle to the death, with his fists he survived hell. Tadeusz Pietrzykowski, pseudonym „Teddy”, was born on April 8, 1917, in Warsaw. Later, he joined the scouting movement and...
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How to prepare for a visit in KL Auschwitz camp

A visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is a very important element of historical education not only among children and adolescents but also among adults. This place is a testimony to the suffering and death of thousands of people, and therefore the visit should take place in an atmosphere appropriate to the place. If you...
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The story of Kazimierz Smoleń

To this day, we associate the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with the tragic fate of people and genocide. The prisoners who had managed to avoid death there had the same, and sometimes even more extreme feelings towards the camp. This translated into a reluctance to return to this place amongst many of them. Yet one of...
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29
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„Pink Triangles” in KL Auschwitz

In the camp, they wore a pink triangle or were marked with the letter „A” from the German word „Arschficker”. For the Nazis, they meant as much as the Jews, that is, nothing. They were imprisoned or killed right away. Some were sent to camps. Some of them managed to survive the war. What was...
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28
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Why has KL Auschwitz-Birkenau become a symbol of extermination?

When we talk about World War II, one of the first associations we have with this topic are concentration camps and the mass extermination of civilians, especially in the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. But what made it this one and not just any other? Although the history of the Auschwitz concentration camp dates back to...
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28
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The Roma and Sinti in KL Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Roma and Sinti constituted a large group among the prisoners of the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. According to the documentation that remained after the Third Reich, they were considered enemies of the nation and ruthlessly liquidated. As a result of diseases, hunger, or cruel treatment, most of the prisoners of Roma origin died. After the...
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Auschwitz Birkenau Museum in Oswiecim Brzezinka tour visit
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Writers who ended up in Auschwitz

At the time of the arrest or round-up, no one asked anyone who he was by education. So many famous people, including writers and poets, found themselves in the concentration camp in Auschwitz. This is what we are going to talk to you about. One of the most famous Polish writers, who not only ended...
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The brothel in KL Auschwitz

One of the least explored areas in all concentration camps of the Third Slaughter, including the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, is the question of sexuality among prisoners. This is because the women who worked in brothels for many years, and often even for the rest of their lives, did not talk about the tasks they performed...
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The orchestra in KL Auschwitz

From a certain point on, music began to play a very important role in the KL Auschwitz- Birkenau camp. But where did the idea to create orchestras and several musical groups operating not only in the main camp but also in the subcamps and the women’s camp come from? The prisoners wanted to make their...
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Auschwitz in culture

The image of the camp tragedy had its mark on culture as well. Memories recorded on written pages, in diaries and reports, photos or videos help to visualize at least a part of the hell of Auschwitz-Birkenau. These memories, more or less accurate, are a lesson for the future, but also a testimony to the...
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The March of the Living

The March of the Living is an educational initiative where people from all over the world learn about the tragedy of the Holocaust during World War II. One of the largest marches is organized on the grounds of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. History When the Nazis were losing the war, prisoners were relocated from...
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Commanders of KL Auschwitz

The commandants oversaw the Auschwitz concentration camp throughout its existence. They were the ones who decided what was going on in the camp, of course by order of the authorities of the Third Reich. Who were the commandants of KL Auschwitz and what happened to them after the liberation of the camp and the end...
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KL Auschwitz sub-camps

The project to build the Auschwitz concentration camp was launched at the end of 1939. In the following years, decisions were made successively to expand the complex and create new sub-camps. They were created in the present territories of two voivodships: Śląskie and Małopolskie, and several in the Czech Republic. There were over forty sub-camps...
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Schutzstaffel crew in KL Auschwitz

Although KL Auschwitz prisoners were involved in some of the camp’s work, managerial functions were performed only by specifically designated SS men. How was this exceptionally inhumane Nazi military formation formed and what it meant for the inmates? The SS was a paramilitary unit that at the beginning of its operation was considered very elite,...
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The camp hospital of KL Auschwitz

The Auschwitz concentration camp was a huge mix of people from different countries. People who fell ill suffered accidents at work or died. In both situations, a doctor should have taken care of them. It was one of the reasons why the camp hospital was set up in KL Auschwitz. The first infirmary was established...
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Jews in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp

Among the victims of the extermination in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the Jews suffered the most. From the first days of the war, they were forced into ghettos and treated horribly, and then sent to various concentration camps. What was the life of Jews like in KL Auschwitz? The followers of Judaism were present in...
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