Birkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp

Birkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp

"The road ends. Our silent, rapid march ends. By fives we enter a long, flat grey building. A low-ceilinged room. Long and narrow. …….. ‘Sich auskleiden! Alles hereunder!’ Get undressed , everybody! Take off everything! Los!
p77: The room is swarming with SS men. Get undressed, here? In front of the men? No one moves.
‘Didn’t you hear? Take off your clothes. All your clothes!’
I feel the slap of a whip on my shoulders and meet a young SS soldier’s glaring eyes.
‘Hurry! Strip fast. You will be shot. Those having any clothes on in five minutes will be shot!’
I look at Mummy. She nods. Lets get undressed. I stare directly ahead as I take off my clothes. I am afraid………… It is chilly. and frightening. Clothes lie in mounds on the cement floor. We are herded, over a thousand, humiliated nude bodies, into the next hall, even chillier. More foreboding.
It is darker here. Barer".
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Location:
Poland
Photographer:
Pat Burns

Birkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp

"The road ends. Our silent, rapid march ends. By fives we enter a long, flat grey building. A low-ceilinged room. Long and narrow. …….. ‘Sich auskleiden! Alles hereunder!’ Get undressed , everybody! Take off everything! Los!
p77: The room is swarming with SS men. Get undressed, here? In front of the men? No one moves.
‘Didn’t you hear? Take off your clothes. All your clothes!’
I feel the slap of a whip on my shoulders and meet a young SS soldier’s glaring eyes.
‘Hurry! Strip fast. You will be shot. Those having any clothes on in five minutes will be shot!’
I look at Mummy. She nods. Lets get undressed. I stare directly ahead as I take off my clothes. I am afraid………… It is chilly. and frightening. Clothes lie in mounds on the cement floor. We are herded, over a thousand, humiliated nude bodies, into the next hall, even chillier. More foreboding.
It is darker here. Barer".
Ref:
Date:
Location:
Poland
Photographer:
Pat Burns