Creation of Auschwitz

Essay by roxanecaudronHigh School, 11th gradeA+, May 2010

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Roxane Caudron


Grade 10J


"It is hope that compels man to hold on for one more day of life, because that day maybe the day of liberation. Ah, and not even the hope for a different, better world, but simply for life, a life of peace and rest. Never before in the history of mankind had hope been stronger than man, but never also has it done so much harm as it has in this war, in this concentration camp. We were never taught how to give up hope, and this is why today we parish in gas chambers."


By definition "Auschwitz" may be the site of planned and executed mass murder and genocide by the Nazis in World War II, but the simplest way to put it; would be "atrocity". How such a site was even created in the first place and how we let it happen is beyond comprehension, once you really know what it consisted of.

Such an occurrence cannot have possibly been easy to hide, no matter how efficient and organized the Nazi system wants to be portrayed as. This is what I aim to answer throughout the course of this essay- what Auschwitz Concentration and Death camp was, why it was built and how the atrocity of its creation was kept hidden, or secret for so long.

By orders of Heinrich Himmler, established in Poland during WWII under the direction of Kommandant Rudolf Hoss- Auschwitz had two initial reasons to its creation. The first reason as to why Auschwitz was created was because, as local prisons were soon to reach full capacity and could no longer accept the mass arrested Poles- it was necessary to rapidly find a new place to imprison these people- the creation of a new concentration...