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  Block 15 - Poland national exhibition.
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  • Block 15 - Poland national exhibition. - Krakow
      Block 15 - Poland national exhibition.
    by breughel
  • SS-Sammellager Mecheln - Caserne Dossin 1942. - Krakow
      SS-Sammellager Mecheln - Caserne Dossin 1942.
    by breughel

Aside from the permanent exhibitions there are in blocks 13 - 21 & 27 at KL Auschwitz I permanent displays known as the national exhibitions.
These are from countries occupied by the Germans whose citizens were deported and died in Auschwitz. These exhibitions show the history of invasion and occupation, the fate of the citizens and the story of the resistance movement.

We visited block 20 shared by France (ground floor) and Belgium on the upper floor. It was not without emotion that I saw photos of kids from my age embarked for the deadly trip to Birkenau. They were assembled in the Caserne Dossin, Mechelen, a transit camp from where in 1942 they were transported by train to Auschwitz. Twenty six transports of 25.000 Jews. The Caserne Dossin is now a memorial and museum.

We also visited block 21 with Holland where are shown photos from Anne Franck and her family before the invasion.
Most terrible was block 15 for Poland. From all occupied countries Poland is the one that suffered most from the Nazis who considered the Poles as slaves. Six millions Poles, 18% of the population were killed during WWII (read "They lived under the nazis" by Laurence Rees).
What is unbelievable is the fact that the SS took so many photos of their own crimes. I can't forget that photo of a German soldier shooting in the head of a woman keeping a child in her arms.

The exhibition in block 27 on the martyrdom, struggle, and destruction of the Jews, 1933-1945, was installed by Poland.

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  • Updated Dec 19, 2012
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Anne Frank was born and grew up here in Frankfurt, until they had to flee to the Netherlands. Now the Jewish Museum here is building a new wing which will house a permanent exhibition on the history of the Frank and Stern families in Frankfurt, going back to the seventeenth century.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Feb 3, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      (Yes, we did go off topic here. Sorry.)

      There is an opera about Anne Frank by the Russian composer Grigory Frid, which I once saw here in Frankfurt.

      Another German-Jewish girl named Grete Weil also took refuge in the Netherlands but survived and went on to become a moderately successful writer. Among other things she wrote the libretto for Hans Werner Henze's first opera, Boulevard Solitude.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Feb 3, 2014 at 2:36 AM

      Grete Weil (1906-1999, born twenty-three years before Anne Frank) also lived in hiding in Amsterdam after her husband was arrested and murdered by the Nazis.

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    It was a long way (...to the end...) in this time


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