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The Holocaust Revisited: A Retrospective Analysis of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Extermination Complex

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World War II aerial photography, use of,
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and that of 14 January 1945.'6 Examination of those facilities shows them to be only partially dismantled. On the 14 January 1945 imagery, however, evidence of final preparations for destruction may be under way. Snow patterns indicate activity by vehicles and personnel at these sites. In any case, they had been destroyed prior to the camp being liberated by the Red Army." Here in a small way, photographic intelligence contributes evidence clarifying the official history of Auschwitz.
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Our review of the imagery acquired over the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination complex was interesting and, we think, historically valuable. The photographs illustrate a major historical phenomenon from a new perspective and in some cases provide data unavailable from other sources. Our experience strengthens our belief that aerial photography, interpreted with modern intelligence techniques and equipment, is a research source which could be profitably mined by the professional historian.
"German Crimes in Poland, Vol. 1, p. 91. I- Ibid.
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Posted: May 08, 2007 08:59 AM
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