All photographs copyright © Alan Jacobs.

Auschwitz I Entrance (exterior)

The first look is of some workshop buildings outside the entrance to the First Auschwitz camp and administrative headquarters.

Moving right you see the SS Guardhouse and the famous gate with Arbeit Macht Frei (roughly, “Work Will Make You Free” over the entrance. This is where prisoners marched to and from slave labor (See [link] in the exhibition “Then and Now”).

Continuing to move right you see a small air raid shelter for the guards just to the right of the large tree, and then the long, low, camp kitchen with its many chimneys. The large building with the peaked roof is the reception, or admissions building, partially ready only in late 1943. It received only one or two transports. See [link] for an Allied aerial photo of the camp in May 1944.

See also [link] for a recent photo and a drawing of prisoners marching through the gate.