Pictures from Auschwitz-Birkenau

When analyzing photographs, remember that you should…

1.Look at the time period when the resource(s) was/were published.

2. See what or who is present in the photos.

3. Determine what is happening in the photographs.

4. Look for any symbols in the photos.

"Work makes (you) free."

“Surprising Beginnings.” PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2013. <>.

The arch over the entrance to this concentration camp and many others in Nazi Germany means “work makes you free.”

1. List a few observations about this concentration camp from the picture above.

2. What conclusions could be drawn from your observations? (Based on the things you see in the photo, what do you believe life would have been like for people housed in the camp?)

3. What implications does this phrase have? (What would cause the Nazis to use this title? What does this mean for persons sent into this labor camp?)

Prisoners arriving at Auschwitz-May 1944

“Holocaust Concentration Camps.” A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2013. <>.

1. Make 3 observations from the above photograph.

2. What conclusions might you draw from your observations?

3. Persecuted groups were transferred by train to the concentration camps. What do you think conditions were like in the trains?

4. How do you think people felt when leaving their homes and arriving at a scene like the scene depicted in the above photograph?

Diagram of Auschwitz

“Auschwitz-Birkenau – Gallery.” Auschwitz-Birkenau – Gallery. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2013. <>..

1. Make several observations about the above photograph.

2. What type of organization do you see when you look at the buildings and layout of the Auschwitz concentration camp?



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