Auschwitz main camp

The picture below shows the view looking into the Auschwitz main camp, just after you enter the Arbeit Macht Frei gate. The first brick building on the right, in the photo below, is Block 15, where visitors begin their tour of the Museum exhibits. Block 17, to the right on the first camp street but not shown here, is the barrack building where Elie Wiesel and his father stayed for three weeks before being sent to Auschwitz III to work in a factory. Block 17 currently houses exhibits about the Yugoslavian prisoners held at Auschwitz.

First view of camp after passing through Arbeit Macht Frei gate

The area in front of the black-painted kitchen building on the right, in the 1998 photo above, is where the camp orchestra once stood. The camp orchestra was a regular feature of all the Nazi concentration camps, and there were frequent concerts in all the camps which both the inmates and the SS guards attended. Note the one-story brick building that juts out from the kitchen building. The kitchen building has two L-shaped wings with a courtyard in the center.

The photo below shows one of the wings of the kitchen building on the left.

Block 16 barrack building on the right, kitchen on the left

Auschwitz main camp kitchen just inside the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, 2005

The photo above shows the kitchen in the main Auschwitz camp. It is located on the right just after you enter the Arbeit Macht Frei gate. The kitchen was painted white when the camp was in operation; since my visit to Auschwitz in 2005, it has been painted white again, as shown in the photo below.

The photo below shows the kitchen as it originally looked before it was enlarged with two L-shaped wings. The open space on the left was formerly the exercise yard, but is now filled with brick buildings.

Camp orchestra played at the kitchen near the Arbeit Macht Frei gate

Auschwitz I was originally a farm labor camp, which consisted of 22 brick buildings, 11 on each side of the large exercise yard. There were originally 8 two-story buildings and 14 single-story buildings. Twenty of these original buildings were fenced off with barbed wire to make the original prison compound. Later new buildings were added in the exercise yard to make a total of 28 barracks buildings in the Auschwitz I concentration camp.

The photo below shows the Danger Sign near the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, as you exit from the original part of the main Auschwitz camp.

Sign warns prisoners not to touch the electrically charged fence.

Exit from main camp through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate

In the photo above, you can see part of a large black and white photo at the end of the kitchen building on the left. This is the spot where the camp orchestra played. In the center of the photo is the gate house with Tower G on top; on the right is Block 24, the camp brothel.

Barracks Buildings in Auschwitz 1

Old Sentry Box and camp kitchen

Commandant's house & old theater

Gas Chamber

Introduction to Auschwitz I

Entrance to Auschwitz I

Inside the Visitor's Center

Exit from the Visitor's Center

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

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This page was last updated on July 27, 2009