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Auschwitz Basic Information

-After experimental gassing in September 1941 of 800 malnurished, and ill prisoners, mass murder became a daily routine

- By mid 1942 mass gassing of Jews began at Auschwitz, where extermination was conducted using zyklon-B

-Exterminaton conducted on an industrial scale with some estimates running as high as 3 million people killed through gas chambers, starvation, disease, shooting, and burning

- 9/10 of those people were Jews, although gypsies, Soviet POWs, and prisioners of all nationaliites died in the gas chambers

- Between May 14 and July 8, 1944 437,402 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwits in 148 trains, which is the largest single mass deportaion during the Holocaust

- Auschwitz children were often killed upon arrival

- Near the end of the war, in order to cut expenses and save gas, cost-accountant conciderations led to an order to place children directly into the ovens or throw them into open burning pits



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