Road to nowhere, the railway leading to the gatehouse at Birkenau Concentration Camp, Poland. Hard to think this was the last place millions of people saw, their last journey. Visiting Auschwitz & Birkenau was an experience I will never forget, and must never be forgotten.
Holocaust trains were railway transports run by the Deutsche Reichsbahn national railway system under the strict supervision of the German Nazis and their allies, for the purpose of forcible deportation of the Jews, as well as other victims of the Holocaust, to the German Nazi concentration, forced labour, and extermination camp.
Modern historians suggest that without the mass transportation of the railways, the scale of the “Final Solution” would not have been possible. The extermination of people targeted in the “Final Solution” was dependent on two factors: the capacity of the death camps to gas the victims and “process” their bodies quickly enough, as well as the capacity of the railways to transport the condemned prisoners from the Ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe and Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Poland to selected extermination sites. The most modern accurate numbers on the scale of the “Final Solution” still rely partly on shipping records of the German railways – Wikipedia
Chained, the electric fence at Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland. I captured this photograph just past the entrance of the Auschwitz camp, the electric fence is a familiar sight around the camp and aided the imprisonment of millions of people. I try to imagine a strong electric current passing through this fence and whilst walking around the camp you hear stories of prisoners deliberately killing themselves by touching the fence.
Electric fences were used to guard the concentration camps of Nazi Germany during World War II, where potentially lethal voltages and currents were employed, continuously rather than in pulses. Some prisoners used the electric barbed wire fence to commit suicide. – Wikipedia