This greyscale image depicts two watch towers (sentry tower, guard post or sniper tower) at the main Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp.
To the right of the watch tower is the Gate of Death, the main entrance from which POWs were shipped daily by train from all over Europe. The watch tower usually housed two SS guards and overlooked the wooden barracks.
In addition, this image also depicts hundreds of tourists entering the main camp through the Gate of Death.
Watch towers were spaced approximately 100 meters apart and were erected in rows, thus ensuring SS guards could maintain order in seconds during an uprising or an escape attempt.
Approximately 600 watch towers were installed in the main Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp, thus ensuring every inch of the camp was watched over by SS guards.
Image size: 4258×2516
File size: 2.1MB
Bit: 24 bit
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Edited: Yes. Adobe Lightroom CC
Location: Auschwitz II, Poland
Year took: 2020
Copyright owner: J. J. Williamson