More people died in Auschwitz than the British and American losses of WWII combined.
In Auschwitz, an SS guard fell in love with a Jewish prisoner. He saved her life multiple times and she testified on his behalf during his post-war trial.
Anne Frank’s father survived Auschwitz and died in 1980 of lung cancer.
During the Holocaust, a Jewish woman exposed up to 3,000 hiding Jews to the Gestapo to save her family. Even after the Nazis sent her parents and husband to Auschwitz anyway in 1943, she continued to work for the Gestapo until 1945.
During the Holocaust, Jewish boxer Salamo Arouch was imprisoned at Auschwitz. He was forced to fight fellow prisoners; the losers were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived over 2 years and 200 fights until the camp was liberated.
Witold Pilecki, a Polish soldier, volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz in order to gather information, escape and let the world know about the Holocaust.
Bayer, famous for producing aspirin, bought prisoners from Auschwitz to use as research subjects for testing new drugs.
About 60 million Reichmarks, equivalent to £125m today, was generated for the Nazi state by slave labour at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.
Of a total of about 7,000 staff at Auschwitz, only 750 were ever punished.
1.1 million people died during the four and a half years of Auschwitz’s existence.
The main camp of Auschwitz was like a small town, with its own staff canteen, cinema, theatre and grocery store.
Josef Mengele’s “scientific” experiments at Auschwitz often involved studies of twins. If one twin died, he would immediately kill the other and carry out comparative autopsies.
During a revolt at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, a member of the SS was stabbed, then burned alive in a crematorium oven.
Polish midwife Stanislawa Leszczynska helped pregnant women in Auschwitz deliver over 3,000 babies.