Into this pond were dumped the ashes of many tens of thousands of people, mostly Jews, who were gassed at Krematorium IV, just behind and to the left. The "little wood" can be seen behind the pond. In those days, a fence of interwoven branches blocked the waiting victims' view of what lay ahead. photo 1979
For interactive map of Birkenau go to http://www.remember.org/camps/birkenau/index.html
Birkenau 1979. This tree would fall from time to time and was periodically raised by then Birkenau caretaker Urbaniak. It was in "Kanada", the place where all the possessions of those taken off the trains were stored in many barrack/warehouses for shipping to Germany. They were destroyed in advance of Russian liberation of the camp. It was nicknamed thus because it was a place of abundence. See U.S Memorial Museum photo archive: Go to http://www.ushmm.org photo archive and search for Kanada/Birkenau. These are actual photos taken by the SS.
Polish Agency Interpress Interpreter/translator Krystyna Hnatowicz in Auschwitz Museum storeroom. She and Alan Jacobs have been married for 31 years. "Krysia" Jacobs is responsible for much of the technical work presented on the Internet:
A Virtual Tour of Auschwiz and Birkenau: http://www.remember.org/auschwitz/
Then and Now: http://remember.org/then-and-now/
Concentration Camps: http://www.remember.org/camps/