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Auschwitz II - Birkenau
was a gigantic and horrific factory of death, built for the purpose
of extermination on the site of the evacuated village of Brzezinka.
With 300 buildings, many of them wooden, housing 100,000 prisoners.
The living conditions here were terrible, with plagues of rats, lice
and fleas; with inadequate water supplies and sanitary conditions. Prisoners
arrived in freight trains directly into the camp on railway lines extended
by the Nazis to within a short distance of the gas chambers. At the
height of the genocide, many thousands of people were murdered every
day and there are areas in Birkenau where the ground is composed of
deep layers of human ashes.