The Infirmary

The Infirmary

This is the doorway to Block 21 in Auschwitz I. It looks pretty ordinary. The sign says ‘Prisoner Infirmary, Surgical Department.’ But why would it also say ‘Entry forbidden’? Behind this plain entrance, the monstrous Dr Josef Mengele and his...
Thousands saved, thousands killed

Thousands saved, thousands killed

Fritz Haber was a renowned German Jewish chemist. In the first decade of the 20th century, he invented a process to synthesize ammonia for use in fertilizers. This vastly improved crop yields which fed the huge growth in global population at that time and eliminated...
A Pointing Finger

A Pointing Finger

An old man with white hair and a walking stick stands before an SS officer. The officer is the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele who casually points to his right…and selection is complete, the man will soon be murdered. An SS soldier stands by with his beating stick...
The Second Ramp

The Second Ramp

Most people know the image of the railway track and platform inside the Birkenau camp. However, this was only operational from May to November 1944. Before that, cattle trucks of Jews arrived on the Second Ramp (‘Judenrampe’), a platform located halfway...
ARBEIT MACHT FREI

ARBEIT MACHT FREI

The prisoners in Auschwitz were so utterly degraded and subjugated that any form of rebellious activity was more or less futile. However, if you look carefully, you will see the capital ‘B’ on the sign is upside down. This deliberate error made by the...
Deportation train from Westerbork camp

Deportation train from Westerbork camp

This image shows Jews being loaded onto a deportation train from Westerbork camp to Auschwitz. To the right are the windows of  the carriages reserved for the camp prominents and accompanying Nazi officials. To the left, we can see the infamous cattle trucks used to...