Photo Gallery Berlin Exhibition Shows Auschwitz Blueprints

Original blueprints of the Auschwitz death camp discovered by chance in a Berlin apartment last year have gone on display in the German capital. Vladislav Bartoszewski, an Auschwitz survivor, said they give a glimpse of "true hell".
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A survivor of Auschwitz, former Polish Foreign Minister Vladislav Bartoszewski, gave a speech on Monday at the opening of the exhibition of original construction plans for the death camp. He said: "The plans of Auschwitz shake the soul of every thinking and feeling individual because they're the expression of an inhumanity created by humans. They are the construction plans of true hell."

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The exhibition includes blueprints, building instructions, technical drawings, calculations and maps. They were found by chance in an apartment in Berlin last year. Historical experts from the German Federal Archive and the Auschwitz memorial site confirmed their authenticity.

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The construction plans are dated 1941 and 1942 and they include a gas chamber and a crematorium. More than 1 million people were murdered in Auschwitz. An estimated 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

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This is the first time the construction plans are being displayed. The exhibition is being shown at the Berlin headquarters of German publishing group Axel Springer, publisher of the mass-circulation Bild newspaper which purchased the plans after the owner's asking price was so high that the German Federal Archive refused to buy them. The exhibition runs until February 28.

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