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Arbeit macht frei - Auschwitz by TaNa-Jo Arbeit macht frei - Auschwitz by TaNa-Jo

Work makes you free

When I stood under that °___° :S

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HelheimsShaman Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Rudolf Höß, the Kommandant, had been in prison earlier in his life when he was very young, and he had remembered a sign in the prison that stated "Arbeit Macht Frei." It had made a good impression on him and he felt it helped him to be reflective about why he was in prison, what he had done wrong to be there. This was the purpose of the sign here in Auschwitz too; to make the prisoners reflect and learn. Auschwitz and the other KZ were work camps, and many of the people who went there were criminals; the idea was to rehabilitate them as much as possble. Many of them were released from the camp after a period of imprisonment and work. It was only at the end of the War, when Germany's infrastructure had been destroyed by the Allies and hunger and disease were rampant (all over the country too and not just in KZ) that people starved and died from typhus and other diseases. No way to bury them or even cremate them all, and may of the SS guards were sick too, which is why bodies were lying all over rather than being buried or cremated. What you see at Auschwitz, by the way, has largely been built after 1945.
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ich weiß das auch xD Schließlich haben wir hier genug im Fernsehen und in den Familien darüber ;D Aber schön, dass du so viel über mein Land weißt, obwohl du Amerikaner bist~
HelheimsShaman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ich liebe das Lesen über Deutschland! Wir fahren dort viel und ich studieren und zu sammeln Dinge aus vielen Epochen der deutschen Geschichte. Mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut, so bitte vergib mir für Fehler, lol. Mein Mann ist Österreicher und ist sehr fließend ^ ^
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wohin denn? :D

nice :D
HelheimsShaman Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
My husband's family is from Graz. We were hoping to be able to come back to Germany this year but now it looks like we will have to wait until 2015. We will have to be patient^^
einerisu Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing photo, well done!
I visited Auschwitz last year... it was shocking
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D

hmm...yes but.. I had no real emotions when I visited it... it is past. My family died because of enemies, too.... ._. Of course the cruelty...god. Typical for the Germans to have so much system...even in that case :I
The hair...was shocking for me. and the thin bodies ---
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