As the world marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz, BBC gives us a cinematic visual tour of the concentration camp located in Poland. The drone video is a flyover of Auschwitz and its cousin camp, Birkenau (Auschwitz II) as the concentration camps look today — 70 years after it was liberated by the Soviet army. The chilling drone footage shows the massive scale of the complex, guard towers, chimneys of crematoriums and the infamous words “Arbeit Macht Frei” (work makes you free) on the entrance gate. The railroad tracks are also shown, which were used to ferry over a million people to unspeakable horrors between 1940 and 1945.
Thousands of tourists flock to Auschwitz every year to witness what people had to endure inside the concentration camps. The atrocities that occurred during that period are unimaginable, but there’s something fascinating about seeing the buildings where everything took place. It’s a stark reminder how far human history has progressed in 70 years. There are still a number of Holocaust survivors alive today, and most recount the amount of fear they lived with every single day. It’s unlikely that the events at Auschwitz will be forgotten, which is why videos like this are important for commemorating all victims and survivors of the tragedy.
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