Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor has told Victoria Derbyshire how forgiving the Nazis who tortured her has left her feeling empowered.

The 81-year-old recently attended the trial of former SS officer Oskar Groening, who is charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for the sorting and storing of prisoners' money.

At the trial she embraced Mr Groening but insists forgiveness doesn't mean she will ever forget the horror she and her twin sister suffered.

The basis for Auschwitz consisted of 22 prewar brick barracks buildings. Over time, the camp expanded steadily in both organizational and spatial terms. At its peak in the summer of 1944, Auschwitz covered about 40 sq. km. in the core area, and more than 40 branch camps dispersed within a radius of several hundred kilometers. At this time, there were about 135 thousand people (105 thousand registered prisoners and about 30 thousand unregistered) in the Auschwitz complex, which accounted for 25% of all the people in the entire concentration camp system.

>>>ON-LINE LESSON "AUSCHWITZ — CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP"<<<  

Considering the functions of the camp, it is plain that it underwent significant evolution in the almost 5 years of its existence: from the concept of a quarantine camp, which was the starting point for the decision to found the camp in 1940 (the concept was never implemented), through concentration camp (a place for the annihilation of all prisoners by depriving them of the basic prerequisites for life), to a new type of camp combining a Dachau- or Gross-Rosen-type concentration camp with a center for immediate killing on the model of Treblinka or Bełżec.

In the last two months of its existence, after the closing of the gas chambers in October 1944 in connection with the critical military situation of the Third Reich and the expected Soviet offensive, the camp entered the phase of final liquidation, which ended with the evacuation of the prisoners.

Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor has told Victoria Derbyshire how forgiving the Nazis who tortured her has left her feeling empowered.

The 81-year-old recently attended the trial of former SS officer Oskar Groening, who is charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for the sorting and storing of prisoners' money.

At the trial she embraced Mr Groening but insists forgiveness doesn't mean she will ever forget the horror she and her twin sister suffered.

The basis for Auschwitz consisted of 22 prewar brick barracks buildings. Over time, the camp expanded steadily in both organizational and spatial terms. At its peak in the summer of 1944, Auschwitz covered about 40 sq. km. in the core area, and more than 40 branch camps dispersed within a radius of several hundred kilometers. At this time, there were about 135 thousand people (105 thousand registered prisoners and about 30 thousand unregistered) in the Auschwitz complex, which accounted for 25% of all the people in the entire concentration camp system.

>>>ON-LINE LESSON "AUSCHWITZ — CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP"<<<  

Considering the functions of the camp, it is plain that it underwent significant evolution in the almost 5 years of its existence: from the concept of a quarantine camp, which was the starting point for the decision to found the camp in 1940 (the concept was never implemented), through concentration camp (a place for the annihilation of all prisoners by depriving them of the basic prerequisites for life), to a new type of camp combining a Dachau- or Gross-Rosen-type concentration camp with a center for immediate killing on the model of Treblinka or Bełżec.

In the last two months of its existence, after the closing of the gas chambers in October 1944 in connection with the critical military situation of the Third Reich and the expected Soviet offensive, the camp entered the phase of final liquidation, which ended with the evacuation of the prisoners.

A t 100 years old, Ron Jones should be living a quiet life in his small village near Newport, Wales. But this has been one of the Second World War veteran’s busiest years. He has received two letters from the Queen: one in April when he became a centenarian, and another last week when he was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for service to the community. And, in the process, he has been transformed from a local hero into something of a national celebrity.

Jones has been lauded as Britain’s oldest poppy seller for years . This week a 102-year-old Buckinghamshire rival Walter ‘Wally’ Randal claimed he should, in fact, hold the crown . But Jones has already won hearts. 

The veteran hasn’t let the fame distract him from raising money for the British Legion. After the silver and pink BEM was pinned to his jacket on Wednesday morning, it wasn’t long before he was getting ready for work again. By 4pm, he was inside the entrance of his local Tesco Extra, selling poppies for Remembrance Sunday.

Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor has told Victoria Derbyshire how forgiving the Nazis who tortured her has left her feeling empowered.

The 81-year-old recently attended the trial of former SS officer Oskar Groening, who is charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for the sorting and storing of prisoners' money.

At the trial she embraced Mr Groening but insists forgiveness doesn't mean she will ever forget the horror she and her twin sister suffered.

Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor has told Victoria Derbyshire how forgiving the Nazis who tortured her has left her feeling empowered.

The 81-year-old recently attended the trial of former SS officer Oskar Groening, who is charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for the sorting and storing of prisoners' money.

At the trial she embraced Mr Groening but insists forgiveness doesn't mean she will ever forget the horror she and her twin sister suffered.

The basis for Auschwitz consisted of 22 prewar brick barracks buildings. Over time, the camp expanded steadily in both organizational and spatial terms. At its peak in the summer of 1944, Auschwitz covered about 40 sq. km. in the core area, and more than 40 branch camps dispersed within a radius of several hundred kilometers. At this time, there were about 135 thousand people (105 thousand registered prisoners and about 30 thousand unregistered) in the Auschwitz complex, which accounted for 25% of all the people in the entire concentration camp system.

>>>ON-LINE LESSON "AUSCHWITZ — CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP"<<<  

Considering the functions of the camp, it is plain that it underwent significant evolution in the almost 5 years of its existence: from the concept of a quarantine camp, which was the starting point for the decision to found the camp in 1940 (the concept was never implemented), through concentration camp (a place for the annihilation of all prisoners by depriving them of the basic prerequisites for life), to a new type of camp combining a Dachau- or Gross-Rosen-type concentration camp with a center for immediate killing on the model of Treblinka or Bełżec.

In the last two months of its existence, after the closing of the gas chambers in October 1944 in connection with the critical military situation of the Third Reich and the expected Soviet offensive, the camp entered the phase of final liquidation, which ended with the evacuation of the prisoners.

A t 100 years old, Ron Jones should be living a quiet life in his small village near Newport, Wales. But this has been one of the Second World War veteran’s busiest years. He has received two letters from the Queen: one in April when he became a centenarian, and another last week when he was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for service to the community. And, in the process, he has been transformed from a local hero into something of a national celebrity.

Jones has been lauded as Britain’s oldest poppy seller for years . This week a 102-year-old Buckinghamshire rival Walter ‘Wally’ Randal claimed he should, in fact, hold the crown . But Jones has already won hearts. 

The veteran hasn’t let the fame distract him from raising money for the British Legion. After the silver and pink BEM was pinned to his jacket on Wednesday morning, it wasn’t long before he was getting ready for work again. By 4pm, he was inside the entrance of his local Tesco Extra, selling poppies for Remembrance Sunday.

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