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Auschwitz watchtower
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The continued existence of Auschwitz is an accident of history. Other Nazi murder camps, such as those at Treblinka, Belzec, or Sobibór, were deliberately dynamited by the SS before the war was over in order to conceal the incriminating evidence. They intended to do likewise at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but because of the speed of the advance of the Soviet army, the job was never finished. Much of the physical fabric of Auschwitz thus survived the war - not only the ruins of the gas chambers and the crematoria, but also the barracks, the watch-towers, the barbed-wire fences, the railway line that led nowhere except to the gas chambers.