More nor did they contain sanitary facilities” (Virtual

More people died in Auschwitz concentration camp than the British and American losses of World War II combined. The death camp was constructed to hold Polish political prisoners who began to arrive in May 1940. However during World War II, Auschwitz became the first original concentration camp used by the Nazi Germans to keep Jewish people prisoners. The camp made a huge impact on the lives of the Jewish population; 1 in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust died at Auschwitz. The environment of Auschwitz was extremely harsh, almost 1.1 million Jewish people died because of the terrible living conditions, extensive labor hours, and executions in the camp. The living conditions at Auschwitz can be described as grim, cold, and traumatic; the Nazi Germans treated the Jewish prisoners in conditions that were not humane. Prisoners thrived on whatever little was given to them by the Nazi Germans; they were given next to nothing. Almost everything that was disposed to the Jewish people was either given in a fraction of highly contaminated. The author states, “There was no running water or sanitary equipment, resulting in the rapid spread of diseases…particular menaces were bed bugs that landed on the prisoner and sucked his or her blood. Lice and rats also plagued prisoners” (Resource Center 17-18). This quote shows that the Jewish prisoners had worse conditions than prisoners in actual jail. The prisoners did not have any water to take showers nor did they have equipment that was hygienic. The prisoners were almost sucked to death from the infestation of deadly insects and animals.  The facilities in the camp were not only unsafe but extremely uncomfortable; the prisoners had to adjust to whatever they offered. The Nazi Germans did not feel a single bit of sympathy or guilt towards the awful living conditions that they gave to the Jewish people. The text states, “Prisoners slept on barracks which were wooden bunk beds. More than 700 people were assigned to each barrack, sometime even more people…the barracks lacked any true heating nor did they contain sanitary facilities” (Virtual Library 1). The Jewish people were more like hostages than prisoners, not given any proper or clean place to sleep.The poor Jewish hostages had to endure the pain from the horrible living conditions in the Auschwitz concentration camp. They had to survive through the little to no necessities given to them, the filthy poisonous insects and animals, fatal diseases, and uncomfortable camp facilities. The camp made it impossible for even one human to survive, and if someone survived it was considered unlucky because they had to still go through the horrors of the camp longer.The long labor hours and exhausting work that the Nazi Germans forced the Jewish hostages to do was a way to hurt the prisoners physically but also mentally. Nazi Germans made the Jews work so hard and tirelessly that when they were done it almost drained the life out of them.  The author says, “Established a minimum working day of eleven hours in all concentration camps. At Auschwitz, labor was one of the means used to destroy prisoners” (Virtual Library 1.) The Nazi Germans fixed a specific number of hours for a Jewish prisoner to work. The number of hours they gave to them was so gut-wrenching and cruel that it became a way to terminate the Jewish prisoners slowly. Since the labor was a way to hurt the prisoners, the work really had a impact on their emotions and made the hostages very disconsolate and glum. The text says, “The goods were to be sorted for the Nazis. The prisoners were taken into the sheds, given scissors, and told to cut the lining of fur coats to look for items hidden inside. This job was considered to be a privilege, but the workers found it deeply depressing to be sorting out the belongings of the deceased and to be looking at the photographs of broken and ended families” (Resource Center 1). The labor made it really hard for the prisoners to see and realize that their families are gone forever. It also caused the prisoners to become very weak and loose hope to ever escape or have a chance to a real life. The extensive labor hours had a effect on the prisoners in a very negative way; the hostages became very dull and lost any hope for a future. Nazi Germans and their brutal treatment caused the Jewish people to drift away from their aspiration of leaving the camp and made the prisoners very depressed but also extremely ill.The executions that took place in the Auschwitz concentration camp were so atrocious that many people cannot stand to hear about them. Many Jewish people were killed because they were not young or able-bodied, some were shot and others were taken to gas chambers. Executions were apart of daily life almost any prisoner would be killed if they could not work or made a mistake. The author says, “Those unfit to work including young children, elderly, and pregnant women were sent to bathhouses which were disguised gas chambers” (History 1.)  Jewish prisoners brought to the camp that were considered unsuitable or too young to work were taken immediately to the gas chambers. Mostly anyone who did anything wrong, whether as a mistake or not, would most likely be sent to the gas chamber. The Executions that took place were also a way to slowly remove all of Jewish prisoners in the Auschwitz concentration camp. The text states,”Executions were one means of physically liquidating prisoners and people brought from the camp. At first, people were shot to death in the pits near the camp from which gravel had been dug. From the autumn of 1941 until the autumn of 1943, most of the executions by shooting took place in the courtyard of Block No. 11 in the main camp” (Virtual Library 1).  When the first started executions were taking place near the camp but not in a specific place; the prisoners were shot to death in the pits. But in the future years the executions began to take place in a courtyard in the camp. The executions that took place in the camp were a remorseless way for Nazi Germans to gradually eliminate all the Jewish prisoners.It is important for people to know the history of Auschwitz concentration camp because it plays a huge role in the world today. The Nazi Germans imprisoned more than 1 billion Jewish people in the concentration camp; almost 1.1 billion Jewish hostages did not survive through the camp. During World War II, Auschwitz concentration camp had a large effect on the lives of the Jewish population. The environment of the concentration camp was brutal and so many Jewish people died because of the living conditions, long labor hours, and executions in the camp. Many lives of Jewish people were lost during the Holocaust because of many concentration camps including Auschwitz. This hell on earth represents the hard but powerful experience of the Jewish people in World War II and also marks a very important time in history that had an effect on the whole world. Auschwitz is still open today as a museum to show people not only the sad history of the Jewish population but also as a reminder to people of what could occur when there is a complete breakdown in public morality. Learning about Auschwitz concentration camp also propels the society to learn from the mistakes in history, so the world will not repeat it again.