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The race to preserve Auschwitz

Auschwitz’s barracks are falling into ruin, prompting a renewed effort to preserve them.

The red brick barracks that housed starving inmates are sinking into ruin. Time has warped victims’ leather shoes into strange shapes. Human hair sheared to make cloth is slowly turning to dust.

Auschwitz is crumbling – the world’s most powerful and important testament to Nazi Germany’s crimes falling victim to age and mass tourism. Now guardians of the memorial site are waging an urgent effort to save what they can before it is too late.

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Story: Vanessa Gera, AP | Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, AP

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