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1942: The "Final Solution"
 pg. 360 
A prisoner at Auschwitz is left dangling on top of the barbed-wire fence after he was killed by machine-gun fire while attempting to escape. The body was left in full view for hours on end to serve as a deterrent. Prisoners were well aware that escape was nearly impossible. Armed guards and police dogs patrolled the camp, and much of the fence was electrified.
Photo: Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz / United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
Zyklon B, the commercial name for hydrogen cyanide, was the Nazis' killing agent of choice. Zyklon B was first used to exterminate the mentally ill under the auspices of the T-4 program. In 1941 Soviet POWs held at Auschwitz were killed with the lethal gas, and by 1942 Zyklon B had become the preferred method for killing large numbers of people. Within minutes after being placed in a sealed room filled with hundreds of people, the gas would kill every occupant.
Photo: National Archives / United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
This flyer, issued by the chief of the SS and police in the Kraków district of Poland, announced that the deportation of the Jews in and around Sanok would begin on September 5, 1942. Lack of cooperation in any way would be punished by summary execution by firing squad. The deportation was a success from the point of view of the Nazis, as 8000 Jews from the Sanok region died in the Belzec death camp from September 5 to 10.
Photo: Main Commission for the Investigation of Nazi War Crimes / United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
 September 1942: As Jews are being deported from France to their deaths in the Third Reich, the Vichy Ministry of Information urges the press to remember "the true teaching of Saint Thomas and the Popes...the general and traditional teaching of the Catholic Church about the Jewish problem."
 Early September 1942: An SS guard on a deportation train headed for the Belzec death camp shoots and kills Jadzia Beer, a Polish girl from Jaworów, after her skirt becomes caught in a railcar window and she dangles helplessly from the window.
 September 1, 1942: Thousands of Jews from Stry, Ukraine, are murdered at the Belzec death camp.
1942: The "Final Solution"
 pg. 360 
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