Friday, 7 August 2015
The Gate of Death, Auschwitz II (Birkenau)-Main Entrance to the Extermination Camp.
It is the main entrance to the largest killing center in the entire Nazi system.The gate house was built in 1943 for the passage of trucks and pedestrians. Railway tracks were laid through the gate only in 1944, when Hungarian Jews were to be massacred. They were brought directly inside the camp and gassed immediately upon arrival. Hungarian Jews suffered the heaviest causality in Auschwitz which amounts to 50% of the Jews that were murdered in Auschwitz. Within a period of 10 weeks in 1944 (15 May and 8 July) 437,402 Jews, were deported to Auschwitz on 147 trains and gassed. The Hungarian prisoners called the entrance to Birkenau as the "Gate of Death."