Auschwitz was a concentration camp built and used by the Nazis during World War Two. Activities performed at the camp were supervised by the SS, or the Shutzstaffel and a Nazi paramilitary unit under the command of Adolf Hitler. At these camps the Jews themselves experienced mass execution and human experimentation. Conditions in the Auschwitz camps were harsh including prisoners being rammed into tiny horse stables, which were overrun with vermin, bathrooms were filled with filth and had little time to use them, and laborers were fed small rations; providing prisoners with about 1,300 calories and 1,700 calories for laborers each day. The Jews were tortured or executed without any notice and no reason, killed by lethal injections or even gas chambers. With no where to go (due to the camps being fenced in) the Jews faced a reality that changed their life for good.

This is a picture of the Auschwitz Camp showing where they were put for most of their lives. Women, men and even small children grew up living their lives being surrounded by electric fences. With these electric fences no individual could come in or escape out. I chose this picture particularly because it provides an image of the living arrangements the Jews had to deal with, living their life behind a closed door not knowing the opportunities that they could've been given.

This image explains where the Jews were placed to live. They lived in small bunks that were shared, maybe 2-3  people on each bunk. Thin blankets were given to lay with, even though they didn't do much it was something big for them. I chose this picture because it it shows the awful living accommodations that were forced upon them.

The video is about the few Holocaust Survivors that tell their story of their childhood living in the concentration camps. This particular video is significant because we, the people of today, get to hear for ourselves about their childhood which is much different from ours today. These survivors give us an inside look of the sacrifices they made and the life they left behind due to being forced to do hard and long labor.


"Holocaust Survivors Tell the Stories of Their Childhood." YouTube. YouTube, 8 Apr. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2014.

"Auschwitz." Gale Student Resources in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Student Resources in Context. Web. 12 Dec. 2014.   (picture)   (picture)

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