Auschwitz: Geographic Description
AUSCHWITZ: (Polish: Oswiecim)
- Located approximately 60km (37mi) west of Krakow, in Eastern Upper
Silesia, which was annexed to Nazi Germany following the defeat of
Poland, in September, 1939
- Site of Nazi death camp
- The first camp was built shortly after Poland's defeat, in a suburb
of Oswiecim (Zasole), and held about 10,000 prisoners
- The second site, known as Auschwitz II, or Birkenau, was built 3km
from the original camp, in March of 1941
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