Prisoners at Auschwitz are put to work building an extension to the kitchen, to cater for the increasing number of inmates.
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24/01/1944 In response to political pressure to help Jews under Nazi control, Roosevelt creates the War Refugee Board.
25/01/1944 Diary entry by Hans Frank, Gauleiter of Poland, concerning the fate of 2.5 million Jews originally under his jurisdiction - "At the present time we still have in the General Government perhaps 100,000 Jews."
 
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19/03/1944
Hungary's 750,000 Jews, which have so far remained unmolested by the Germans are about to endure a nightmare of mass deportation to the concentration camps as Eichmann arrives in Hungary with his "Special Section Commandos".
 
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05/04/1944 A Jewish inmate, Siegfried Lederer, escapes from Auschwitz-Birkenau and makes it safely to Czechoslovakia. He then warns the Elders of the Council at Theresienstadt about Auschwitz.
07/04/1944 Two Jewish inmates escape from Auschwitz-Birkenau and make it safely to Czechoslovakia. One of them, Rudolf Vrba, submits a report to the Papal Nuncio in Slovakia which is forwarded to the Vatican.
14/04/1944 First transports of Jews from Athens to Auschwitz, totalling 5,200 persons.
 
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08/05/1944 Rudolf Höss returns to Auschwitz, ordered by Himmler to oversee the extermination of Hungarian Jews.
15/05/1944 Beginning of deportation of Jews from Hungary to Auschwitz.
16/05/1944 The first Jews from Hungary arrive at Auschwitz. Eichmann arrives to personally oversee and speed up the extermination process.
24/05/1944 It is estimated that 100,000 have been gassed at Auschwitz. Between May 16 and May 31, the SS report collecting 88 pounds of gold and white metal from the teeth of those gassed. By the end of June, 381,661 persons, which is half of the Jews in Hungary have arrived at Auschwitz.
 
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12/06/1944 Rosenberg orders operation 'Hay Action', the kidnapping of 40,000 Polish children aged ten to fourteen for slave labour in Germany.
 
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24/07/1944 The Russians liberate Maidanek Concentration Camp near Lublin, where 360,000 people perished.
 
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04/08/1944 Anne Frank and family arrested by Gestapo in Amsterdam, then sent to Auschwitz. Anne and her sister Margot are later sent to Bergen-Belsen where Anne dies of typhus on March 15, 1945.
06/08/1944 The last Jewish ghetto in Poland, Lodz, is liquidated with 60,000 Jews sent to Auschwitz.
 
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07/10/1944 A revolt by Jewish slave laborers at Auschwitz-Birkenau results in complete destruction of Crematory IV.
15/10/1944 Deportation of Jews from Hungary resumes after a temporarily halt due to international political pressure to stop Jewish persecutions.
17/10/1944 Eichmann returns to Hungary.
28/10/1944 The last train transport of Jews to Auschwitz are gassed. These are 2,000 Jews from Theresienstad.
30/10/1944 The gas chambers at Auschwitz are used for the last time.
 
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08/11/1944 25,000 Jews are forced to walk over 100 miles in rain and snow from Budapest to the Austrian border, followed by a second forced march of 50,000 persons, ending at Mauthausen Concentration camp.
25/11/1944
Himmler orders the destruction of the crematories at Auschwitz.
 
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