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The BBC flew a drone over Auschwitz, and the resulting images will haunt you

Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the BBC is giving the world a chance to see the ruins of the concentration camp where 1.1 million people died.

Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the BBC is gave the world a chance to see the ruins of the concentration camp where 1.1 million people died.

A drone equipped with a camera was launched over the site located in southern Poland, and the images that resulted were hauntingly powerful.

The footage’s release coincided with an official memorial service in January of 2015, marking the 70th anniversary since Auschwitz was freed by the Soviet army.

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[This post has been updated] Featured image via screen grab

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  1. paul

    January 28, 2015 at 2:03 am

    What was the piece of music accompanied

  2. No

    January 28, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    people still there? I saw people walking around in there…

  3. Spooky Scary Skeleton

    January 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I haven’t “been haunt” please…
    0/10 spooky
    2unspooky4me

  4. Yes

    January 28, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    you can visit the site

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  6. Jeanette Underwood Hallam

    January 28, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I visited Dauchau in the late ’90’s and was stationed in Germany 86-89. These camps are open to visit and have visitor centers with the history’s and very graphic photo’s. They are very somber places but I highly recommend visiting them if given the chance. History has a way of repeating itself. Education and awareness of these atrocities is vital.

  7. Naomi Lir (@punxie89)

    January 28, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    It blows my mind that this was only about 70 years ago. That is a BLIP in our time line. It was relatively recently, in the grand scheme of things in terms of how long humans have been around, society, etc. That really scares me. It wasn’t that long ago. I have relatives that were in the camps, and who died. It frightens me to think that one day in the future, something like this could happen again. I really hope that we have become better, and that it would never be allowed.

  8. Brett Gates (@brettgates1)

    January 29, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Do you have any idea what went on there? Obviously not if it doesn’t creep you out at all. If you do know what happened there and it still doesn’t creep you out, you must be desensitized by society.

  9. Sarah Baker

    January 29, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Always Remember, Never Forget!

  10. Sarah Baker

    January 29, 2015 at 2:35 am

    “Spooky” I’m sure you have no idea what you are looking at in the film. This was a Nazi death camp. Millions of Jews, Romy, Homosexuals, Union organizers, etc. were murdered there. Watch “Schindler’s List” to help educate yourself. It’s a movie directed by Steven Spielberg.

  11. Debi

    January 29, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Who in their right mind decided that it was a good idea to advertize fireplaces and chimneys in association with this video???? What a DISGRACE!!

  12. Kirsten Efird

    January 29, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Paul, I Shazam-ed it and it came up with “A Song for Florence” by Elizabeth Levine.

  13. Graham Coles

    January 29, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Your comment just shows ignorance. Read the history.

  14. Graham Coles

    January 29, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Your comment just shows ignorance. Stop making light of the story, and read the history.

  15. Martin

    January 29, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I’ve been wondering the same myself. I tried to use Shazam to figure it out, it gave me the result of A Song for Florence by Elizabeth Levine but I cant find that anywhere…

  16. Julia

    January 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    If you know the history, they will haunt you

  17. Nunzio

    January 29, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    A Song for Florence by Elizabeth Levine

  18. Roger Green

    January 29, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    the “spooky”, SSS, is the fact that more than a million people were murdered there.

  19. Marion Johnson Washbrook

    January 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    the railroad tracks make me so sad. Knowing they were bringing the people in to be exterminated. I hope we never forget this time in history

  20. Neil

    January 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    A Song For Florence – Elizabeth Levine

  21. Brian Katcher

    January 29, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    The hair loss and ugly celebrity links below kind of took away from the article.

  22. MistressPrime

    January 29, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    They aren’t using the term “haunt” as in spooky, they’re using it in the sense of embedded into your mind. Something that may evoke a powerful emotional reaction and stay with you.

    If you aren’t moved by the images or even the knowledge of the attrocities committed against all those people then perhaps you, Spooky Scary Skeleton, are not emotionally mature enough to properly grasp the magnitude of the event.

  23. Bill Adair

    January 30, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I have walked around Auschwitz/Birkenau in November. It was bone chilling . It felt evil. The feeling of death and pure unadulterated hatred seeped from the very fabric of the place. I will never visit again. I am just grateful that I was there of my own free will and that I was able to leave when I wanted to.

  24. jerry

    January 30, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I feel the evil.

  25. Andrew

    January 30, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I think the site should think long and hard about the “Walk in showers” advert immediately beneath the picture.

  26. Luk3

    January 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Same question!

  27. Amoona27

    January 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Images of modern day Palestine haunt me more than this.

  28. DeadState

    DeadState

    February 4, 2015 at 3:03 am

    We don’t control the ad content on our page. It’s controlled by an algorithm that shows ads based on your browsing history.

  29. paul

    February 5, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Thanks Kirsten (my mother’s name)

  30. kyra

    February 6, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Ever see “the boy in the striped pajamas”what a movie…so sad

  31. Jer Tobin

    February 18, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Please be objective and don’t tell your readers what they are going to feel. Enough with the clickbaity stuff.

  32. Nancy Coatman

    February 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I felt like I was walking through a cemetary. People today are being burned alive and decapitated. Will the world respond?

  33. theBloodThatCriesOutFromTheGround

    April 16, 2015 at 12:54 am

    If you care about the one to the exclusion of the other, you have my undying pity, and nothing else.

  34. jondavis01

    May 12, 2015 at 4:36 am

    It’s just buildings, fences, and rail lines. But understand that in the time they were running, they were the center of horrors that can never, must never be repeated in the future.

    We, and yes, I mean the people of the world, does its best to keep this camp in existence so as to remind people that millions were killed in the name of hatred over a given set of people, Jews, Gypsies, Gays, and many others.

    This was a death camp, and the only reason people were sent there was to die in the most efficient way possible.

    Personally, I would simply ask that you learn the history of Auschwitz to understand why such darkness must never be allowed again.

  35. Lyndsay

    May 12, 2015 at 5:01 am

    One has NOTHING to do with the other! At the time of the holocaust Israel didn’t even exist yet. The Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, and Catholics that died there were tortured, starved, died in gas chambers, of disease, hypothermia or on death marches. Human suffering anywhere is a tragedy!

  36. Alison Olson

    May 12, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Thanks, Sarah, you said it so well. Sad, scary time in history which we should never forget!

  37. Pearlie Reynolds

    May 12, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    It is available as an MP3 on Amazon, just put ‘A Song for Florence by Elizabeth Levine’ into google search and it comes up.

  38. Kit9

    January 28, 2016 at 7:56 am

    A place of death and horror and evil. I have a hard time even looking at the pics.

  39. Kit9

    January 28, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I find it interesting that today’s headline on AOL was of Anne Frank’s sister comparing Trump to Hitler. I was sickened to read responses from deniers, those who claimed it wasn’t her sister, those who said she was too old to know and those who claimed that she was a liar. There are some sick, sick people in this world.

  40. truth

    January 28, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Looks like urban neighborhoods all over “america”…

  41. Lydia Marano

    January 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    We must remain the witnesses. We must never forget.

  42. Jenny

    January 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I can’t even. Your comment is horrible. So many innocent people were outright murdered there. It’s not meant to scare you, although it should. The fact that so many people looked the other way, let their fellow human beings be slaughtered based on the single fact that they were Jewish, is terrifying. An innocent life lost should always haunt you.

  43. Gene

    January 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I am with Spooky here. I understand all your points. we all know it was the site of unimaginable evil. But, what is it about the pictures/video of it empty adds to the impact of that knowledge?? Is it the fact that it looks innocuous now? It could be a dozen things. without the video I know it exists, I have met people who were there. I have had a general sense of how it was configured.
    The word haunt is pure hyperbole, as is the wont of the internet , to snare you into seeing the ads.
    Journalist A did not “destroy” politician X – and these pictures will not “haunt” anyone – lighten up, Francis.

  44. Robert

    January 28, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you, Naomi. I feel the same, even without having lost relatives in KZs. As Primo Levi put it: “It has happended, so it can happen again.” A warning for today.

  45. Phyllis Beebe

    January 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    So many people today do not know about the holocaust and WWII. How quickly we forget the horrors and evils of history only to someday repeat them. We must never never forget. Abu Graib prison would have fit in perfectly in Hitlers Germany.

  46. Connie

    January 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Never again!!

  47. deb

    January 28, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Actually, the ads that accompany stories on your device are generated by your recent searches/interests. It is unfortunate, to be sure. I was reading an article about animal abuse and Jimmy John’s was the ad along side the story.

  48. vlwall4210

    January 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I never made it to Auschwitz, but I went to Dachau. It was the most haunting experience of my life. I went back 2 more times to take other friends. The experience was the same every time. We must never forget.

  49. Diana

    January 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Check it out on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=449ZOWbUkf0 without all the creepy different ads taking away from the impact of this heart wrenching clip.

  50. petermannella

    January 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    haunting perspective—i have not seen this kind of view and dind’t realize the size and breadth of the place….it gave me chills to view this knowing what went on their…never forget…never…

  51. Jimmy

    January 28, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Beautiful buildings I hope they’re going to renovate them soon-beautiful place

  52. Dawn

    January 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I find some of the comments here insulting to the millions who died in the death camps. These people died horrendous deaths after enduring torture at the hands of some of history’s most sadistic ‘humans’. Your ignorance and comparisons shame you.

  53. Kaitlyn

    January 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I am a student in high school, and a few months ago my world history teacher made us watch Schindler’s List. I must say, as a high school student, the film was so powerful it moved some of us to tears. The film clearly shows some of the horrors that took place in Auschwitz. Amazing film but very powerful. Almost too much for my class.

  54. paulhaughney

    January 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    what will they call the new refugee camps ? they brought this on themselves

  55. Kit9

    January 29, 2016 at 5:04 am

    The pics only haunt those who possess compassion and a conscience. You are safe.

  56. Kit9

    January 29, 2016 at 5:08 am

    I think you misunderstand. They were only speaking to human beings WITH feelings. You can go on your way now.

  57. Kit9

    January 29, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Racist scum should be ignored. Therefore……

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  60. Alexandrea Rivers (@AlexandreaR2001)

    January 29, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    In the full version of the video, it said it was an original score by Ashley Kingsley.

  61. Alexandrea Rivers (@AlexandreaR2001)

    January 29, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    It wasn’t her sister. Her sister, Margot, and her mother died in the camp. Eva Schloss was a friend of Anne’s in Amsterdam after their families fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Her mother, Fritzi, married Otto Frank, Anne’s father, after World War II. That means that Eva Schloss is Anne’s step-sister.

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  63. Kit9

    January 31, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Do you have any ‘foster’ or adopted or step siblings in your family? Obviously not. I have all 3 in mine and NO ONE refers to them as anything but brother or sister. To do so negates the bonds of family.

  64. Tanner

    February 3, 2016 at 5:17 am

    You people are dumb. This wasn’t a “death” camp. It was a concentration camp. Yes, people died here more than any other camp but if you would do some research, there were different types of camps. There were concentration camps where you would work till you died, and in alot of cases they would just kill you when you got there and then there were actual death camps where they would send you there just to die. Auschwitz was a concentration camp, not a death camp.

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