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Louis Bannet, originally a violinist from Holland, was influenced by Louis Armstrong and became a jazz trumpeter. He survived Birkenau because of his talents. His initial survival was a miracle in itself since only 20 people were spared the immediate indignity of the gas chamber. Louis received the number 93626 tattooed on his forearm. The rest, 496 people, were immediately killed upon arrival. Louis officially became the trumpeter of Birkenau. He owes his life to his amazing God-given talent.

A face from the female camp

Two Jewish brothers, wearing military-style forage caps and elaborate overcoats, arrive at Auschwitz. They cannot foresee what awaits them. Young enough to be "ineligible" for hard labor, they were almost certainly sent to the gas chamber within hours after the photographer snapped this photo.

Esther (Estha) Frenkel neé Horonczyk threw this postcard out of the train as she was being deported to Auschwitz on 7 August 1942. Her 2 year old son, Richard, was left behind in Pithviers and was deported shortly thereafter. Both mother and son perished.

Westerbork, Holland, Jews boarding a deportation train to Auschwitz.

Auschwitz Birkenau, Poland, Jewish men standing in lines waiting for the selection for gas chamber or slave labor

Auschwitz, Poland, A boy wearing a prisoners uniform after liberation, 1945. A triangular badge with a number is sewn to the uniform.

July 23, 1942 Deportation of Jews from Dobsina, Slovakia, to Auschwitz In total, about 100,000 Slovak Jews (including those who fled before the war) were murdered in the Holocaust. Approximately 25-35,000 survived, including 4,000-5,000 who hid with the partisans or in cities and towns. After the war, most Slovak Jews immigrated to Israel

Hungarian Jewish woman in the Kanadakommando labour camp in Auschwitz. The Grünfeld sisters stole from their own suitcases the photograph of their father, who was murdered in the gas chamber. "We hid it in our shoes and that was how we kept it for a year, which was quite a thing because they searched us all the time ... We still have the photo. It is the only memory that remained of our parents.

today, January 27, 2013People attend a ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial commemorating the persecution of the Jewish people during World War II, in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. There were around 50,000 Jews living in Thessaloniki at the start of World War II, and almost 45,000 perished at Auschwitz concentration camp, and Greece officially commemorates the Holocaust every Jan. 27. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

Bernard and Simon Zajdner The twins, Bernard and Simon Zajdner, born Dec. 28, 1929, were sent to Auschwitz, with their sister, Micheline, on May 20, 1944. The twins were victims of Josef Mengele's inhuman "medical experiments". They were murdered - Micheline survived.

Jewish women and children walk to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Auschwitz-​Birkenau, Poland, 1942, Completion of Crematoriu​m IV.

Auschwitz II-Birkenau site. Signs of memory left on the monument which honours all victims of the camp.

Petr Ginz, born in Prague in 1928, spent his adolescence in the children’s home in the Theresienstadt ghetto [depicted in painting]. He was remarkably talented at writing and drawing and edited the youth newspaper Vedem ‘We are the Leaders’. He died in Auschwitz in the fall of 1944.

Jewish women and children from Subcarpathian Rus await selection on the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

A new publication entitled 'Auschwitz from A to Z. An Illustrated History' is an encyclopedia-like, richly illustrated compendium of knowledge about the history of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz. Entries arranged in alphabetical order explain the essential developments and events in the history of Auschwitz. More: en.auschwitz.org/...

Michael Kenna : Photographs of Prisoners, Auschwitz, Poland, 1998

Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland, Women Inside the Women's Camp

ajjadlowski: A wreath in the form of the Star of David at the end of the railroad at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp just outside of Krakow, Poland. The end of the train tracks was the start of the selection process for the Jewish people during the Nazi Party’s “Final Solution” during World War II. Photograph by Joey Jadlowski

Gas Chamber at Auschwitz

Auschwitz, Poland, 1945, Children After Their Liberation by the Red Army

Portrait of members of a Hungarian Jewish family. They were deported to and killed in Auschwitz soon after this photo was taken. Kapuvar, Hungary, June 8, 1944.

Westerbork, Holland. Settela Steinbach staring out of a deportation train, May 19,1944. The deportation on this date was of [Roma/Sinti] from Holland. Settela Steinbach, was born in Limburg, Holland and died in Auschwitz, Poland on the night between August 2 and August 3 of 1944 along with her mother and her 9 brothers and sisters.

Women prisoners inside at death camp at Birkenau 1944