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Were they destroyed after the war and then built back up for tourist purposes? Or are they the same buildings that were there during the war?
Thanks for the answer!

And I read about that! I’m so happy they recovered it. Too bad it was cut up… There are some really sick people in this world.
One more question, so if most buildings had to be made out of wood and had to be reconstructed, do you know if there are still any of the original buildings standing?

4 Thoughts on Are all the buildings at Auschwitz the same ones or reconstructed?
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    Naz F
    August 26, 2011 at 5:55 am

    If it’s like Dachau concentration camp, which I visited, a lot of it’s reconstructed. Much of it has to be, since many portions were made out of wood; it was not meant to be permanent. It’s known for certain that the gas chambers were reconstructed, though the curators for a long time claimed they were real.

    BTW, they got the stolen sign back, will be putting it together, and setting it back up again. The suspects could get up to 10 years apiece.

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    August 26, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Brief introduction-Auschwitz was the German name for Oswiecim, a town in southern Poland, which was the site of a Nazi CONCENTRATION CAMP during World War II. The buildings are the same.

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    My Evil Twin
    August 26, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Many of the original buildings were made of wood and not meant to last more than the few years, and many were destroyed following the end of the war. Some rotted away and were torn down. Many more still stand but are in such derelict condition they need about $ 15 million (US dollars) in repair & restoration, which the museum is trying hard to get via donations. They also plan to build replicas of some buildings, if the funds are available.

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    August 26, 2011 at 7:45 am

    This is from the Official site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum.
    The Auschwitz Memorial is more than extensive grounds and original camp blocks, barracks, and guard towers. It is also tens of thousands of objects of a special nature, special meaning, and special symbolism.

    155 buildings (including original camp blocks, barracks, and outbuildings), some 300 ruins and other vestiges of the camp—including the ruins of the four gas chambers and crematoria at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau site that are of particular historical significance—as well as more than 13 km. of fencing, 3,600 concrete fence posts, and many other installations. There are kilometers of roads, drainage ditches, railroad tracks including a spur and unloading platform, two original sewage-treatment plants, and fire-prevention reservoirs on grounds covering almost 200 hectares. The low-growing vegetation and the historical and postwar trees (including about 20 hectares of woods) also require ongoing conservation.

    Museum collections. These include more than 80 thousand shoes, about 3,800 suitcases, 12 thousand pots and pans, 40 kg. of eyeglasses, 460 prostheses, 570 items of camp clothing, as well as 6 thousand works of art. The Museum Archives hold documents that fill almost 250 meters of shelving, including 48 volumes of the so-called camp death books, 248 volumes of records from the Waffen-SS and Police Central Construction Board in Auschwitz, 64 volumes of records from the SS-Hygiene Institut, 16 volumes of personal files on prisoners, and about 8 thousand camp letters.

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