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Auschwitz Auschwitz located in Poland was Nazi Germanys largest and most terrible concentration camp It was established by order of Himmler on April 27 1940 At first it was small because it was a work camp for Polish and Soviet prisoners of war It became a death camp in 1941 Auschwitz was divided into three areas Auschwitz was the camp commanders headquarters and administrative offices Auschwitz was called Birkenau and it was the death camp with forty gas chambers Auschwitz was a slave labor camp On the gate of Auschwitz was a sign in German which read Arbeit macht frei which means work makes you free In March 26 1942 Auschwitz took women prisoners but after August 16 1942 the women were housed in Birkenau When the Jews arrived at Auschwitz they were met with threats and promises If they didnt do exactly as they were told they would be beaten deprived of food or shot From time to time they would be assured that things would get better The daily meals in Auschwitz consisted of watery soup distributed once a day with a small piece of bread In addition they got extra allowance consisting of 34 ounce of margarine a little piece of cheese or a spoonful of watered jam Because of the bad sanitary conditions the inadequate diet the hard labor and other torturous conditions in Auschwitz most people died after a few months of their arrival The few people who managed to stay alive for longer were the ones who were assigned better jobs The prisoners slept on three shelves of wooden slabs with six of these units to each tier They had to stand for hours in the wet and mud during role call which was twice a day In place of toilets there were wooden boards with round holes and underneath them concretes troughs Two or three hundred people could sit on them at once While they
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