Seventy years after the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the pre-eminent symbol of the Holocaust’s horrors, the BBC is giving the world a chance to see the haunting ruins as they’ve never seen it before.
The BBC deployed a camera-equipped drone over site, offering a chilling tour of where as many as 1.1 million people died at the hands of Nazis between 1940 and 1945. Located in southern Poland, it was the largest death camp under Adolf Hitler’s “final solution.”
While images of Auschwitz have permeated popular culture, the under three-minute video gives a sense of the scale of the Nazi regime’s systematic murder. The footage shows the railroad tracks that brought people in, the red roofs of the prison blocks where “inmates” were forced to do slave labor and the Birkenau wooden huts where the Nazis executed prisoners. Perhaps the most daunting part, however, were the camp’s entrance gates that displayed the German phrase “Arbeit macht frei,” or “Work sets you free.”
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