Good day to ya family, not much time today so now you see me...... Auschwitz Auschwitz began as a barracks camp in the town of Oswiecim, for the polish army in the early 1930's. Germany then captured Poland and needed another location for Polish political prisoners. In 1940, the German SS sent a commission to Oswiecim to see if the barracks there could be used. The first inspection reported that it could not be used, however, a later inspection stated that after a few minor changes it would be useable. On May 4, 1940 Rudolf Hoss officially established it as a German concentration camp. Hoss was Auschwitz's first commandant. Auschwitz was originally intended for Polish political prisoners and other Poles. In June of 1940, the first load of prisoners arrived. 728 Poles and a handful of Jews. Soon, though, it became a melting pot of prisoners. Czechs, Soviets, Yugoslavs, Jews, and Gypsies; but only men were housed there. Not until 1942 did women arrive. In January of 1942 it was decided that Auschwitz would become the main Jewish extermination camp. Thereafter cattle cars brought in ship loads of Jews monthly. They were brought from all over in these filthy cars, going for days without food, water, or washing facilities. Many times these cars were so crowded that people were simply crushed to death. Read the rest [if you can stomach it here: http://www.digitalessays.com/history/114.shtml And this from: http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/genocide/Eichmanno.htm Judgment in the Trial of Adolf Eichmann [Part 14] Operations Units 120. The method used to put the victims to death varied according to the time and place at which the mass butchery was carried out. The murderers used shooting, asphyxiation by gas, fire, and such other cruel methods of killing as came to their minds. As has been mentioned already (section 69), the slaughter began by mass shootings to death right at the beginning of the war against Poland in September 1939, even before the order for total extermination was given by Hitler in 1941. ....now you don't Peace..