A working day in Auschwitz

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Every aspect in Auschwitz was designed for either extermination or dehumanization of the prisoners, mainly Jewish prisoners.

For those young and fit enough to work there was a daily roll call, sometimes these could last for hours. Prisoner were forced to stand still, wearing very thin clothing regardless what weather condition ,even the slightest movement could lead to severe physical punishment or death.

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The typical working would began at 4:30 during the summer and 5:30 in the winter. After the roll call a working day would be 11-12 hours long. Prisoners doing labor in remote places several kilometers away did not have to participate in the roll call,they left for work earlier. Neither  did the prisoners from camp labor details as the hospital, kitchen, or orchestra.

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Typically they would have an hour break time.

Three times a day they would receive a meal, or at least what the Nazis thought constituted a meal good enough for the prisoners.

In the mornings they would get something that vaguely resembled coffee, really it was boiled water with a grain based substitute for coffee, or a herbal tea. This in the eyes of the Nazi was enough for breakfast.

The lunch was made up of  of about a liter of soup, the main ingredients  were potatoes,  a kind of turnip , and small amounts of groats, rye flour, and Avocado food extract.

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The evening meal  consisted of about 300 grams of black bread, served with a small bit of sausage, about 25 grams, or a tablespoon of marmalade ,cheese,or margarine.

The calorie count  ranged from 1,300 calories for light-work prisoners to 1,700 calories for prisoners performing hard labor.

Where really  a hardworking man needs 4,800 calories  per 24 hours and an average working man more than 3,600 calories.

If you weren’t selected for the Gas chamber you would likely die of malnutrition and disease.

 

 

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The brave face of WWII

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Despite all the death and the destruction during WWII and the uncertainty of what the future would hold, so many people were still putting up a brave face and continued their daily lives as best as they could.Or defy the enemy even after being captured.

The picture above was taken after a German bombing raid during the London Blitz, a British woman remains consummately British. She is seen here drinking tea on a pile of rubble. The photo was taken in 1940.

Two American soldiers having a moment of levity during WWII. It’s an odd, but humorous picture.They could still crack jokes

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Coca-Cola was popular in America before World War II broke out.

This bottling plant was built in Saipan to supply American troops with Coke in the Pacific theatre.

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Heinrich Himmler looks at a young Soviet prisoner of war during an official visit to Shirokaya Street Concentration Camp in Minsk, Belarus, on or about August 15, 1941. You had to be a hard man to look Himmler in the face like that. This is standing for what’s right, this is a single man who, after losing so much, stands up and stares Himmler himself. This image is defiance.

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Abandoned boy holding a stuffed animal amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London, 1945.The boy did in fact survive the war and became a truck driver. In the photo he’s sitting outside where his house used to be.

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With the German invasion of France, many French citizens fled the country.These French refugees are seen encamped in a quarry.

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A soldier sits for a meal before the Battle of Normandy. He’s sitting on a stockpile of shells.The photo was taken in May of 1944, in England.he appears to be in a good mood.

 

A warden gives directions to a mother and her two children during a World War II gas drill in Southend on Marcy 29, 1941.

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A warden gives directions to a mother and her two children during a World War II gas drill in Southend on Marcy 29, 1941.

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Rare glimpse of daily life at Canadian WWII Internment camp for Japanese.

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This photo shows how blackout curtains fitted behind ordinary curtains. The girl in this 1943 photo was Doreen Buckner, then aged 7.

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British artist Albert Perry at work with some of his pupils during their daily one hour gas mask practice, August 19, 1941

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Dancer Ena Squire-Brown leaves her bombed home on the day of her wedding
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“Normal” daily life during WWII.

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Although war was raging throughout the world it didn’t stop ordinary people to continue with their lives as “Normal” as possible.Life went on and people had to manage as good as they could.

I have heard  stories of relatives who lived through the war on how they coped in often very ingenious ways, Having that said their lives were at constant risk even things like getting bread could get you killed.I remember a story where one of my uncles and one of his cousins went to buy or get some bread from a farmer. To be honest I am not sure how they obtained the food, but it was outside the rationing system. The Germans found out and chased my uncle and his cousin. In order to hide from the Germans they jumped into 2 barrels they encountered. The German soldiers fired a machine gun on one of the barrels, killing my Uncle’s cousin. For some unknown reason they had ignored the other barrel, so my Uncle survived.

Below are some pictures of “Normal” life during WWII. The picture above is a picture of Children practising first aid, with dolls. They are playing in a bomb-damaged building. These girls’ fathers were air raid wardens..

This photo shows how blackout curtains fitted behind ordinary curtains. The girl in this 1943 photo was Doreen Buckner, then aged 7

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Young woman buys bread on the black market. Belgium, 1943.

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Strict gas rationing, in America, began during the summer of 1942.  To be sure they had enough gas, before limited quantities applied, people lined-up their cars for a last fill.

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This 1940 poster told people what to do before bed, in case there was an air raid.

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Cards like this were sent to every home. They told people what to do if there was an air raid.

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Orphan caring for an orphan (Germany, 1945

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Hunger Winter 1944 – Dutch family in Amsterdam sitting around a stove while woman cuts up sugar beets.

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School kids wearing gas masks

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A Paris policeman salutes a German officer,1941

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American war ration books

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