Conclusion. By 1944, the Allies knew about the death camps but didn't bomb the gas chambers, and the Nazis continued to hone their slaughtering techniques, despite prisoner resistance. But evacuations began in January 1945 when the Nazis forced prisoners to march west as the Red Army advanced from the east. Auschwitz was liberated on Jan. 27. Linda Hunt narrates.
Part 2 of three begins in March 1942, when the first French Jews were sent to Auschwitz, which was both an extermination and concentration camp. “Useless eaters” were put to death and stronger prisoners were put to work as slave laborers. Auschwitz was one of a number of death camps, and their commandants shared ideas on killing efficiencies. The program also explores other ways Nazis profited from their “industry of death,” and follows efforts in occupied countries to resist deportations.
Part 1 of three begins in 1940, when the Nazis opened their first camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland. It wasn't meant for Jews at first, but for Polish dissidents and Soviets. But by January 1942, the Nazis were finalizing plans for the Final Solution at Wannsee, near Berlin.