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The growing hobby of quadricopters, when mixed with high definition video cameras, has opened doors to places, people and things we could only imagine before. Hiring a helicopter for photography is prohibitively expensive for low-budget videographers, both professional and amateur.
Many places a photographer may wish to video are not accessible to even the most versatile helicopter. Size of the machine, noise and airspace restrictions combine to make traditional helicopter shots impossible at most locations, no matter how big the budget.
Small quadricopters have changed all that. They are battery powered, so don’t make much noise. They are also compact and highly maneuverable. GPS and digital gyroscopic stabilization technologies have made them so incredibly stable, they are ideal camera platforms. Add to that, very lightweight HD video cameras such as the GoPro, has unleashed a whole new world to us.
And some old worlds as well.
There are scenes and places everyone should come to know, in order to understand the past, both good and bad. This MOT is about the latter.
On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army arrived at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland. What they found shocked even the most battled hardened Red Army soldiers. As the word got out, the world was shocked.
Seventy years later, the camp was revisited by crews from the BBC, who produced this video.
There. Are. No. Words.
From the description of this BBC video:
Drone video shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today – 70 years after it was liberated by Soviet troops. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year. Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Germans during World War II. More than a million people – the vast majority of them Jews – died there between 1940, when it was built, and 1945, when it was liberated by the Soviet army.
Railway tracks into Auschwitz-Birkenau – Trains filled with victims from throughout occupied Europe arrived at the camp almost every day between 1942 and the summer of 1944.
Ruins of wooden huts at Birkenau – Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) was erected in 1941 solely as a death camp, the wooden huts are now in ruins with only brick fireplaces and chimneys remaining.
Entrance to Auschwitz I -The wrought-iron sign over the entrance bears the words Arbeit Macht Frei – “Work sets you free”.
Auschwitz I – The brick-built buildings were the former cavalry barracks of the Polish Army.
Courtyard between blocks 10 and 11 at Auschwitz I – Block 11 was called “the Block of Death” by prisoners. Executions took place between Block 10 and Block 11 and posts in the yard were used to string up prisoners by their wrists.
Auschwitz Birkenau is now a museum run by the Polish Culture Ministry, and a Unesco world heritage site.
To read more, I Survived is a web site dedicated to keeping the history, and the memories, alive. There are many photographs.
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