Exit from the Visitor's Center

Rear of administration building with exits from theater, 1998 photo

The photograph above shows the rear of the administration building with the exit doors from the movie theater. The exit doors are shown on the right side of the photo; the wide doors on the left were doors into the disinfection chambers where the clothes were deloused with Zyklon-B to prevent the spread of typhus. This building was called die Aufnahmegebäude (Building to Receive Newcomers).

The photo below shows the street that runs along the outside of the original camp. Organized tours start on this street, then turn right at the first intersection and go through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, which is to the right, but out of camera range in this shot. The street that is shown in the photo below goes straight ahead to the gas chamber, and the former Political Section. The SS hospital, which is across from the gas chamber, can be seen on the right; it is the light-colored, two-story building.

Visitors enter the Auschwitz main camp on this street, 1998 photo

The photo below shows the view from the rear of the administration building, looking towards the Arbeit Macht Frei gate. The brick building in the center of the photo is Block 24, the former brothel and library building, which now houses the camp archives. The black-painted wooden building to the right is the camp kitchen. The black building on the left is the Blockführerstube or Block Leaders Room, where the camp guards lived.

View of Arbeit Macht Frei gate after exit from the movie, 1998 photo

Camp kitchen to the right of the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, 2005 photo

The photo above shows a view of the camp kitchen, which is to the right of the gate into the main camp. The thing on the left of the birch tree, in the center of the photo, is a one-man air raid shelter. The Allies targeted Auschwitz for bombing because of the important munitions factories there, which used prison labor.

To take a shortcut to the gas chamber in the main camp after you enter through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, turn left on the street that is just inside the gate. Go to the end of the street and turn right. You will soon see an opening in the fence, shown in the photo below, which leads to the gas chamber building, located outside the camp.

Path leading to the gas chamber in the main camp

The photo below shows the road back to the administration building after completing the tour of the main camp. When I visited in 1998, there were rose bushes in this area, but they were gone in 2005.

Road back to visitor's center after tour of the barracks, 1998 photo


Entrance through "Arbeit Macht Frei" Gate

Auschwitz Museum Exhibits

Swimming Pool

Block 11 - the camp prison

Prison Cells Inside Block 11

Standing Cells in Block 11

The Black Wall

Kitchen & other buildings in Auschwitz I

Barracks Buildings in Auschwitz 1

Old Sentry Box and camp kitchen

Commandant's house & old theater

Gas Chamber

Introduction to Auschwitz I

Entrance to Visitor's Center

Inside the Visitor's Center

Back to Photo Gallery 1


This page was last updated on July 28, 2009