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Auschwitz Concentration Camp

On January 27, 1945, Russian troops went to Auschwitz, which was a village in southern Poland. There, in Auschwitz's were concentration camps. They found 7,600 inmates and World War II's most awful secret, the Holocaust. A few days later the U.S. Army freed another well known Nazi death camp, named Dachau. The soldiers saw starving prisoners, bones protruding from their skin, serial numbers tattooed on their arm, stacks of half-burned corpses, and piles of human hair. Auschwitz was not the first Nazi concentration camp that had an uncertain peculiarity that it had belonged to Dachau. But Auschwitz was the most notorious camp. At Auschwitz, 1.6 million people died. More than three fourths of the victims were Jews. The rest were Gypsies, Polish Catholics, and Russian prisoners of war. The other people that lost their lives were the disabled, homosexuals, political prisoners, and others that were consider unfit to survive by Hitler. The Prisoners would enter through a gate with the words "Work Will Make You Free" written on it. The Nazi guards would direct each prisoner either to the left or to the right. The healthy and strong went to the right. The weak, the elderly, and the very young went up a ramp to the left, which led to the gas chambers. The prisoners were told that the chambers were showers. The ashes from the bodies were used as road filler and fertilizer, or were dumped into nearby ponds and fields. Auschwitz was a creation of Hitler's belief that Germans were a superior race that had a right to kill those that were inferior to them. The Nazis tried to cover up their cruel scheme but, four prisoners escaped from Auschwitz, carrying evidence that showed the Nazi's program of mass murder. The controversy with Franklin Roosevelt and his knowledge of the camp was true. And if they stopped Hitler in 1938 there probably wouldn’t have been a World War II. They say that this was not the first time that the U.S. help didn’t come...

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