AUSCHWITZ/BIRKENAU - jacobsphotos

The remains of Krematorium III at Birkenau (Auschwitz II), blown up by the SS as the Russians were approaching. This was done in an effort to hide their crimes. Above the rusted container and stretching to the left is a barbed wire fence running all the way to the front of the camp. It enclosed "The Ramp" where people (Jews, Roma, Sinti and others) were unloaded from freight trains and "selected" by an SS physician to go to the right, or left; to the gas or to slave labor.
For interactive map of Birkenau go to http://www.remember.org/camps/birkenau/index.html