Jacksons and Rachels Notes!!!!

Dear Frau,

I have finally got there! When me and all the other prisoners arrived in Auschwitz, the largest German killing and forced labor concentration camps during holocaust , we had to be suited and cleaned and our clothes and possessions taken away. That meant new suits, and if you were a boy you were shaved. We slept on bag type beds with hay in them in freezing weathers which sometimes even left people died. T.he schedule was as follows: We wake up at 5 in the morning and get one half of an hour to take showers, eat, dress, etc. (By the way, all we get to eat for one whole day is coffee and bread. Sometimes, you wouldn't even get food if the soldiers didn't think you deserved it. Once in a while they even give us little extra which still isn't very much and rarely happens.)Sometimes my parents would try and find me and give me some of their extra food but I never take it. Then we would go out into our fields or for some of us in factories and start working all day. One time when we were working in the fields I saw a grown man that was working try to escape running toward the fence and before he was within 20 feet of the fence he got shot many times by an SS officer in a tower and was killed instantly. We were always being watched by the guards in the towers and guards with whips would be in these carts that had tracks that would go around the fields. (The carts would be on train like tracks that would be for filling up with things like rocks. The guards would be on the carts watching to make sure that everyone was doing there job.) If someone wasn't working hard enough they would whip them. One older man was walking out to the fields once and he wasn't moving fast enough cause he couldn't run, and the man fell over, the guard stepped on his throat, and ended up killing him. Some people have given up on hopes to become free that they just take their own lives by throwing themselves into the electric fence surrounding the camp. The guards ordered us to just throw the body to the side and keep going. It was very hard to get over. We would work for about 10 hours every day. And then go back to bed.
There are some more things that happen here than just that. They have gas chambers and if you violate there rules or don't obey them, they will gas you or hang you in front of most of the camp. It was said that about 6000 Jews were killed every day from being gassed. Thank god I have not been gassed YET but I have seen it. Also, we always have role call which is when we stand in a line for about 3 hours and they make sure that every one is there. One time though, a young boy was missing and me and all the other prisoners had to wait outside until they found him. It was only 5 degrees Fahrenheit and we had to stay outside for 9 hours without water, food or warmth. 70 people froze to death. And the guards would get really mad and start punching and kicking us. It was terrible! The guards loved to torture us so they would shoot people that they thought were doing the wrong thing but, the people would not be dead so they would feel the pain of being shot. The guards would also have other prisoners bury prisoners alive. That is so horrible! Also, every time a prisoner died, to show respect, we would have to remove our hats and say "hats on hats off". If the main guard thought that it wasn't said well enough, we would have to do it over and over and he would swear at us. These concentration camps are so horrible and bad that I can't believe I am still alive.
Some other things I heard about while I was a prisoner there were that they used these camps for forced labor camps, transit camps,and extermination camps.All of the extermination camps were created for fast mass murder. The sad thing is, that they even had to sometimes disguise or re landscape the extermination camps to disguise the fact that they murdered millions. Also, in September 1939 the Nazis opened forced labor camps. Thousands of prisoners died from starvation, exhaustion, and exposure. There were even some doctors in some camps that would perform medical experiments on prisoners. The main people that were being tortured by the experiments were twins by Dr. Mengele who was obsessed with twins. By the way, did you know that there were 20,000 camps established in Germany, Poland and all around that part of Europe. I miss you lots and cant wait to see you and tell you more.




Yours truly,

Rachel and Jackson


Dear Frau,

While I was here, I took some pictures. I would like to show them to you so here they are.
Extermination Camps Ocuppied in Poland, in 1942
Extermination Camps Ocuppied in Poland, in 1942

Before I start I just wanted to show you this map of some extermination camps that were occupied in 1942, in Poland. They are sourrounded by that yellow line. I know it is hard to read but the camps that the map are showing include Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Majdanek.
What remains of the gas chambers at Auschwitz II (Birkenau)
What remains of the gas chambers at Auschwitz II (Birkenau)

This is a picture of the remains of the gas chambers at Auschwitz II (Birkenau .


Jacksons and Rachels Notes!!!!
Dear Frau,
I have finally got there! When me and all the other prisoners arrived in Auschwitz, one of the largest concentration camps ever, we had to be suited and cleaned. That meant new suits, and if you were a boy you were shaved. We slept on bag type beds with hay in them. The schedule was as follows: We wake up at 5 in the morning and get one half of an hour to take showers, eat, dress, etc. (By the way, all we get to eat for one whole day is coffee and bread . Sometimes, you wouldn't even get food if the soldiers didn't think you deserved it .) Then we would go out into our fields and start working. Guards with whips would be in these carts that had tracks that would go around the fields someone wasn't working hard enough they would whip them . One older man was walking out to the fields once and he wasn't moving fast enough cause he couldn't run, and the man fell over, the guard stepped on his throat, and ended up killing him. The guards ordered us to just throw the body to the side and keep going. It was very hard to get over. We would work for about 10 hours every day. And then go back to bed.
There are some more things that happen here than just that though. They have gas chambers and if you violate there rules or don't obey them, they will gas you. It was said that about 6000 Jews were killed every day from being gassed . Thank god I have not been gassed yet but I have seen it. Also, we always have role call which is when we stand in a line for about 3 hours a nd they make sure that every one is there. One time though, a young boy was missing and me and all the other prisoners had to wait outside until they found him. It was only 5 degrees Fahrenheit and we had to stay outside for 9 hours without water, food or warmth. 70 people froze to death. And the guards would get really mad and start punching and kicking us. It was terrible! The guards loved to torture us so they would shoot people that they thought were doing the wrong thing but, the people would not be dead so they would feel the pain of being shot. The guards would also have other prisoners bury prisoners alive. That is so horrible! Also, every time a prisoner died, we would have to remove our hats and say "hats on hats off ". If the main guard thought that it wasn't said well enough, we would have to do it over and over and he would swear at us . These concentration camps are so horrible and bad that I can't believe I am still alive.
Some other things I heard about while I was there were that they used these camps for forced labor camps, transit camps,and extermination camps. All of the extermination camps were created for fast mass murder. Also, in September 1939 the Nazis opened forced labor camps . Thousands of prisoners died from starvation, exhaustion, and exposure. There were even some doctors in some camps that would perform medical experiments on prisoners. Did you know that there were 20,000 camps established in Germany. I miss you lots and cant wait to see you and tell you more.

Yours truly,

Rachel

Jews from almost every country in Europe.[3[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz_concentration_camp#cite_note-Piper62-2|]]] Most victims were killed in Auschwitz II's gas chambers using Zyklon B; other deaths were caused by systematic starvation, forced labor, lack of disease control, individual executions, and purported "medical experiments".
In 1947, in remembrance of the victims, Poland founded a museum at the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp. By 1994, some 22 million visitors — 700,000 annually—had passed through the iron gate crowned with the motto "Arbeit macht frei". The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945 is celebrated on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Holocaust Memorial Day in the United Kingdom, and other similar memorial days in various countries.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust

Victims
Killed
Jews
5.9 million
Soviet POWs
2–3 million
Ethnic Poles
1.8–2 million
Romani
220,000–1,500,000
Disabled
200,000–250,000
Freemasons
80,000–200,000
Homosexuals
5,000–15,000
Jehovah's
Witnesses
2,500–5,000
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005263

The first concentration camps in Germany were established soon after Hitler's appointment as chancellor in January 1933. Between 1933 and 1945, Nazi Germany established about 20,000 camps to imprison its many millions of victims.These camps were used for a range of purposes including forced-labor camps, transit camps which served as temporary way stations, and extermination camps built primarily or exclusively for mass murder.Following the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, the Nazis opened forced-labor camps where thousands of prisoners died from exhaustion, starvation, and exposure.In some camps, Nazi doctors performed medical experiments on prisoners.The extermination camps were designed for efficient mass murder.The Nazis constructed gas chambers (rooms that filled with poison gas to kill those inside) to increase killing efficiency and to make the process more impersonal for the perpetrators.During the height of deportations to the camp, up to 6,000 Jews were gassed there each day. Millions of people were imprisoned and abused in the various types of Nazi camps.Only a small fraction of those imprisoned in Nazi camps survived. largest killing center was Auschwitz-Birkenau, which by spring 1943 had four gas chambers. At the height of the deportations, up to 6,000 Jews were gassed each day at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. Over a million Jews and tens of thousands of Roma, Poles, and Soviet prisoners of war were killed there by November 1944. external image moz-screenshot-2.jpgspecial prisoner units (the Sonderkommandos) were forced to remove corpses from the gas chambers and cremate them.Now we know what the gate was,
it was the way to the gas chamber and we have never see them
again.worked ten hours a day, We slept on straw, on straw bags.tracks running from one end to the other. On those tracks were mining cars.On each one of those mining cars a Storm Trooper was standing with a whip,can run 40 kilometers a day,He couldn't run, he had to walk. He couldn't run and he collapsed, and he laid in the road, and one of the Storm Troopers, a tall, young fellow, very slender, very tall, stepped on his throat.'til the man was dead. We had to pick up his body and throw him to the side of the road, and we continued on into the camp, We faced a barrack, a door on the right, a door on the left. People went in the left door, came out the right door, entirely different people. Their hair was shaven off, they had a prisoner's uniform on, a very wide, striped uniform. My number was 6199.And they said to us, "Okay, go in in this large area and disrobe." I mean by disrobe take everything off. So here I am next to my mother, hundreds of women, and we had to be totally naked coming in in front of a desk with a bunch of young hoodlums.I just stood there, and they just looked at us, and then they told us to go in the back to take showers, and they gave us the uniforms, the striped uniforms, and this is how our ordeal started.The
big person would get a tiny dress. A ti..tiny person would get a
big dress.people that tried to escape, that were, uh, shot already, but they were not dead.And they made the other Jews bury these people that were not really dead yet, and they were begging not to be buried, that they're still alive, that they should do something to kill them. But they didn't do anything, they just buried them alive. And these people had to do it, or else, these poor people who that were been picked to do it, because otherwise they themselves would have would up in--dead.


The grounds of some killing centers were re-landscaped or camouflaged to disguise the murder of millions.

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Extermination camps in occupied Poland, 1942
See maps

Almost all of the deportees who arrived at the camps were sent immediately to death in the gas chambers

The camp at Lublin, later known as Majdanek, was established in the autumn of 1941 as a POW camp and became a concentration camp in 1943. Thousands of Soviet POWs were shot or gassed there.

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external image 240px-Gas_chambers_ruins.JPGexternal image magnify-clip.png What remains of the gas chambers at Auschwitz II (Birkenau); photographed in 2006.

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the concentration camps


Year
Jews Killed
1933–1940
under 100,000
1941
1,100,000
1942
2,700,000
1943
500,000
1944
600,000
1945
100,000








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some execution methods were just super unfair


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these was more obvious