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THE 31000 AND 45000 - powerful stories of Auschwitz Birkenau

The 31000 and 45000: in 70 episodes, through 70 individuals, this podcast tells the story of 2 convoys of women and men, their roles in the French resistance during WWII, and their deportation, together, in 2 trains heading to Auschwitz Birkenau.

On the 6th of July 1942, a train of 1175 French men leaves France. 2 days later, it stops in the middle of nowhere. There is no station, no name, the men don’t know where they are, they don’t know they have just arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. They will soon become the 45000.

6 months later, on the the 24th of january 1943, another train leaves France, with 230 women.

This is the story of those 2 trains, those 2 groups of women and men, members of the resistance, arrested, deported.

I will tell you the story of some of those women and men, one chapter, one person at the time. They were political prisoners, hostages, communists, jewish, muslims, criminals, handicapped, they all resisted in one way or another.


Powerful A truly thoughtful piece of both visual and audio art, telling powerful stories from a fresh perspective.

Podcast Radio recommends heading to the podcast's own website below to see the artwork associated with the podcast.



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