This notorious entrance to Auschwitz-II (Birkenau), a WW-II Nazi Concentration Camp in Poland, was the worst site of the WW-II Holocaust. Various estimates put the number of people murdered here as between 1 and 4.5 million. The official figure displayed at Auschwitz Memorial and Museum is 1.3 million, out of which 1.1 million were Jews. The train would pull in, prisoners would be made to disembark, they would be sorted into ‘healthy’ and ‘weak’, ‘weak’ would be immediately shot or gassed, and ‘healthy’ would face a slow death through over-work, exhaustion and starvation. This is the site that marks the worst barbarism of humans against humans.
For a detailed account of my visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, please visit ‘Auschwitz – Remembering the WW-II Holocaust’.