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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

A Fable

by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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    Sep 2006, 224 pages
    Oct 2007, 240 pages

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A Brief History of Auschwitz

Auschwitz was the name the Germans used for the Polish city of Oswiecim when they occupied it in WWII. The concentration camp was established nearby in June 1940, taking the name of the nearby town. The camp quickly expanded into three main parts: Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, and Auschwitz III-Monowitz - a group of about 40 sub-camps. In 1942, when the mass exterminations began, the camps (the largest complex of extermination camps in the Reich) became the site of the greatest mass murder in the history of humanity, with the majority of the arrivals being gassed on arrival in the Birkenau gas chambers.

Between 1.1 to 1.6 million people were killed there, about 90% were Jews, plus ...

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