Death march


Forced journey on foot by prisoners from several different concentration camps.

Towards the end of the war, several concentration camps and extermination camps were evacuated to annihilate the witnesses of the mass murder. Prisoners were forced to walk for days on end to other camps. Many succumbed to malnutrition, starvation and cold. Anyone who was too weak to carry on was shot.

The best-known death marches left from Auschwitz in January 1945. Of the approximately 50,000 prisoners who started the journey, some 10,000 died.

All rights reserved