The memory of Auschwitz
Nazi Germany had not completely destroyed Auschwitz. It was too big. That is why there is so much to see; rails, barracks, clothing, shoes and documents.
But now the former concentration and extermination camp is threatened by moisture, mold and heat.
To prevent this history from disappearing, curators are busy securing valuable documents, barracks and a crematorium.
Why must the history of Auschwitz be preserved and will the curators succeed in getting it done?
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Under development: Auschwitz
Auschwitz, 1945. The Nazis are attempting to raze the biggest concentration and death camp to the ground, but they do not succeed. Many buildings are blown up and burned, but the camp is simply too vast. This ‘Symbol of Evil’ still stands but is threatened with destruction by damp, wind, and water as they attack the buildings, barracks, and personal remains.
We are able to follow the battle being waged by the conservators as they seek to preserve the dozens of barracks, thousands of shoes, and miles of barbed wire, struggling to pass the most authentic possible impression on to future generations.
Rafael Pioro, ex-conservator, now deputy director: “To understand the history of this camp it is not enough to preserve a single barrack, one pair of shoes, or a single building.
What happened here was industrialized mass murder and for that reason it must all be preserved. This site stands as testimony to all that happened.”
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