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Birkenau camp Barack Auschwitz interiour view

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Interiour view from one of the still standing prisoner barack of this WW II

extermination camp .

Many people know the Birkenau camp simply as "Auschwitz"; it was larger than Auschwitz I, and more people passed through its gates than did those of Auschwitz I. It was the site of imprisonment of hundreds of thousands, and of the killing of over one million people, mainly Jews but also large numbers of Poles, and Gypsies, mostly through gassing.

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A: Auschwitz II – Birkenau

by Marek Kocjan, less than 10 meters away

Auschwitz II – Birkenau

B: Auschwitz-Birkenau

by Pawel Kijak, 100 meters away

Konzentrationslager Auschwitz, KL Auschwitz (Stammlager), w tym KL Birkenau (Auschwitz II) i KL Monow...

Auschwitz-Birkenau

D: Deutsche Reichsbahn "Güterwagen"

by Warren Eckstein, 160 meters away

Auschwitz II Birkenau Deutsche Reichsbahn "Güterwagen" (goods wagon), one of the types used for depor...

Deutsche Reichsbahn "Güterwagen"

E: KL Birkenau (Auschwitz II) bird's eye view

by Leszek Cuper, 160 meters away

KL Birkenau (Auschwitz II) bird's eye view

F: KL Birkenau - children's barrack

by Leszek Cuper, 200 meters away

KL Birkenau - children's barrack

G: Auschwitz II-Birkenau Death Camp Selection Area

by Warren Eckstein, 220 meters away

Auschwitz II-Birkenau Death Camp Selection Area. Where the Germans choose who would live(temporarily)...

Auschwitz II-Birkenau Death Camp Selection Area

I: Auschwitz II – Birkenau

by Marek Kocjan, 320 meters away

Auschwitz II – Birkenau

J: KZ-Auschwitz-II Birkenau - Concentration-Camp-overview

by H.J.Weber, 330 meters away

Auschwitz-II Birkenau: Das Konzentrationslager Auschwitz-Birkenau war das größte deutsche Vernichtung...

KZ-Auschwitz-II Birkenau - Concentration-Camp-overview

This panorama was taken in Poland, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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