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In pictures: Auschwitz
Forced labour

The Nazis used forced labour as a means of "re-educating" political opponents as early as 1933. By the time Auschwitz was established, they were using concentration camp inmates as a vital part of their workforce.

Those who survived the initial selection were put to work in arms factories, coal mines, farms and chemicals plants.

This photo - of women queuing for a hard labour assignment - was taken by an SS guard.

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