Photographer's Note

I think everyone knows this building, shown in many films and documentaries, but I wanted to choose an opposite perspective, which looks towards the exit, the road to freedom that few have been able to follow in this sense.
We are in the Birkenau extermination camp.
Construction on Auschwitz II-Birkenau began in October 1941 to ease congestion at the main camp. Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, head of the Schutzstaffel (SS), intended the camp to house 50,000 prisoners of war, who would be interned as forced laborers. Plans called for the expansion of the camp first to house 150,000 and eventually as many as 200,000 inmates.An initial contingent of 10,000 Soviet prisoners of war arrived at Auschwitz I in October 1941, but by March 1942 only 945 were still alive, and these were transferred to Birkenau, where most of them died from disease or starvation by May.By this time Hitler had decided to annihilate the Jewish people, so Birkenau was changed to a labor camp–extermination camp.The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum estimates that 1.3 million people, 1.1 million of them Jewish, were sent to the camp during its existence.


Penso che tutti conoscano questo edificio, mostrato in molti film e documentari, ma ho voluto scegliere una prospettiva opposta, che guarda verso l'uscita, la strada per la libertà che in pochi hanno potuto percorrere in questo senso.
Ci troviamo nel campo di sterminio di Birkenau. Era l'immenso lager nel quale persero la vita oltre un milione e centomila persone, in stragrande maggioranza ebrei, russi, polacchi e zingari. Le vittime erano condotte alle camere a gas immediatamente dopo la tipica selezione degli inabili al lavoro agli arrivi dei convogli.

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