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PICS | Former SS canteen at Auschwitz bears witness to Holocaust historical past



A photograph taken on 9 April 2021 reveals the outside of a former canteen constructing of SS guards on the former Nazi Germany demise camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland.

  • As a approach to bear witness to a forgotten web page of Holocaust historical past, a Polish basis hopes to revive a canteen the place SS guards used to eat.
  • The realm was additionally a spot the place guards would search distraction after lengthy days of killing on the former Nazi German demise camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
  • One of many major causes behind this initiative is that the constructing was the point of interest of the household and private lifetime of the SS and served as escapism to troopers. 

A Polish basis hopes to revive a canteen the place SS guards ate and sought distraction after lengthy days of killing on the former Nazi German demise camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, to bear witness to a forgotten web page of Holocaust historical past.

Inbuilt March 1942 at Auschwitz – Europe’s largest World Struggle II demise manufacturing unit – the huge eating corridor might home as much as 4 000 individuals.

After the conflict it served as a cereal warehouse earlier than it was deserted and step by step fell into damage.

The SS “got here right here to have a chew, discover some distraction, have a drink, participate in ceremonies, concert events, events – all within the shadow of the monstrous crime that was Auschwitz-Birkenau,” mentioned Dagmar Kopijasz, one of many mission organisers.

“This constructing was the point of interest of the household and private lifetime of the SS… serving as a spot the place they got here to overlook their work which was to kill individuals,” Kopijasz informed AFP on the website, the place Nazi Germany constructed its largest demise camp.

A photograph displaying the outside of a former canteen constructing of SS guards on the former Nazi Germany demise camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

A former canteen constructing of SS guards on the former Nazi Germany demise camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland.

Nazi concentration camp

Outdated prepare tracks main previous a former canteen constructing of SS guards on the former Nazi Germany demise camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland.

His organisation, the Basis of Reminiscence Websites Close to Auschwitz-Birkenau (FPMP), was based eight years in the past to avoid wasting from oblivion objects and buildings linked to the previous demise camp which might be outdoors its bounds and past the authorized area of the location’s official museum.

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“From a historic perspective, the previous canteen is fascinating when it comes to the social lifetime of the camp employees,” Auschwitz museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki informed AFP.

As soon as restored, the constructing might host official ceremonies or cultural occasions associated to the historical past of the camp and the Holocaust, in accordance with Kopijasz.

‘Wall of disgrace’

It might additionally include a form of “wall of disgrace” itemizing all of the SS names, possibly even with images.

“That might full the message” of Auschwitz, as it might function a reminder of the banality of evil on the former demise camp, Kopijasz mentioned.

Though the muse has already begun its restoration work, Kopijasz mentioned that to finish it they may should enchantment for worldwide crowdfunding.

He added: 

We have decreased the picture of a Nazi to that of a savage beast who does nothing however kill. However that is not the whole fact. These had been additionally unusual individuals – professors, retailers, the neighbour subsequent door – who dedicated these crimes. We should not overlook that. We might use round $7.9 million.

Nazi Germany constructed the Auschwitz demise camp within the southern city of Oswiecim after occupying Poland throughout World Struggle II.

The Holocaust website has turn out to be a logo of Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million European Jews, a million of whom died on the camp between 1940 and 1945 together with greater than 100 000 non-Jews.


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