Before you scroll down, IF you scroll down, may I suggest that you watch this CBS news clip with Scott Pelley and Mark Phillips reporting. It aired April 21, 2015.
Inside is just a fraction of the personal belongings the Nazis stole from those imprisoned here.
It is reported that former German SS officer was the Nazi Oskar Gröning who supposedly counted everything you will see in the photos below.
Former German SS officer Oskar Gröning , dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz and "the bookkeeper of death," asked for "forgiveness" for his role in mass murder at the Nazi death camp, Auschwitz, as his trial began last Tuesday, April 21. (2015) He is shown here getting out of a car at the back entrance of the court hall in Lueneburg, Germany. The 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard faces trial on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, in a case that will test the argument that anyone who served at a Nazi death camp was complicit in what happened there.
This undated photo made available by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, in Oswiecim, Poland, shows the former Auschwitz-Birkenau guard, Oskar Groening, as a young man in an SS uniform. At the opening of his trial in Lueneburg, Germany on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the 93-year-old Groening testified that he bears a moral share of the blame for atrocities at the camp, but that it was up to the judges to decide whether he deserved to be convicted as an accessory to murder. (Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau /AP)
Oskar Gröning was born on June 10, 1921. He is a German former SS-Unterscharführer who was stationed at Auschwitz concentration camp. Gröning WANTED to join an elite army unit and set his sights on joining the Waffen-SS. (At the post-war Nuremberg Trials, the Waffen-SS was condemned as a criminal organization due to its connection to the Nazi Party and involvement in numerous war crimes. Waffen-SS veterans were denied many of the rights afforded to veterans who had served in the Heer (army), Luftwaffe (air force), or Kriegmarine (navy). An exception was made for Waffen-SS conscripts sworn in after 1943, who were exempted because of their involuntary servitude. ) Allegedly, he was responsible for counting and sorting the personal items that had been stolen from the exterminated prisoners. Another duty was to guard other belongings in the camp before they were plundered. He witnessed the procedures of the killings, but says he did not help with the killings. After being transferred from Auschwitz to an active unit in 1944, Gröning was captured by the British on June 10, 1945, when his unit surrendered. After being temporarily held in a former concentration camp he was transferred to Britain in 1946, working as a forced laborer.
He returned to Germany to lead a normal life and decided to make his activities at Auschwitz public after learning about Holocaust denial, and has since openly criticized those who deny the events that he witnessed, and the ideology to which he once subscribed.
On December 16, 2014, Hannover state prosecutors ruled that Gröning, aged 93, was fit to stand trial. His trial opened on April 20, 2015, two months after the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp – and coincidentally on Hitler's birthday.
The following link contains interviews with survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau about the trial of Oskar Gröning.
This photo was taken just inside the door of Block 5. I have no idea how many feet long that hallway is of this barrack. The rooms have been turned into exhibits showing the material evidence of crime. The personal belongings of those who 'lived and mostly died' here are encased behind glass walls.
The shoes have begun to deteriorate which means they were probably disinfected with Zyklon-B to prepare them to send the shoes back to Germany.
This red shoe stands out like the red coat worn by the little girl in Schindler's List.
On some of the suitcases is the word Waisenkind, which means orphan, proof that there were children among the victims at Auschwitz.
The leather suitcases have not deteriorated like the shoes, because the suitcases weren't treated with Zyklon-B. There are also some baskets in this display, used by the victims to carry their meager belongings with them.
It is still questionable if this suitcase belonged to Margot Frank, sister of Anne Frank, one of the Holocaust's most famous victims. After being discovered in Amsterdam by the Nazis, the Frank family was transported here, where they were split up. Margot and Anne were sent to the Bergen-Belsen camp in northern Germany, where they died of typhus shortly before the war ended. Their father, Otto Frank, survived Auschwitz and was found barely alive by the Russians, who liberated the camp in January of 1945.
It is filled with the artificial legs, crutches, and braces.
The first people the Nazis exterminated were mentally and physically ill German citizens.
thousands . . .
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bowls . . .