PICTURES: The horrors of Auschwitz Birkenau

Today (Friday) marks the liberation of one of the most notorious concentration camps in history.

The horrors of the holocaust have been remembered and today (Friday) marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of one of the Nazis’ most notorious concentration camps - Auschwitz Birkenau.

Birkenau is three kilometres from the main camp and covers approximately 425 acres with more than 300 buildings, some of which can still be seen today.

It was here that much of the Nazis’ mass extermination was carried out.

Up to 2,000 prisoners could be killed at one time.


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It was not only Jews that were targeted during the holocaust but also Catholics, gypsies, homosexuals,

Jehovah’s Witnesses, trade unionists, Polish and Soviet prisoners of war, the disabled and mentally ill.

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See pictures from the Midweek Herald’s visit to the camp with students from Honiton Community College, Axe Valley Community College and The Woodroofe School, organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

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