What was the difference between Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Monowitz in Daniel's Story?

In Carol Matas's novel Daniel's Story, Daniel explains that Auschwitz I housed mostly camp administration and some political prisoners. Birkenau (Auschwitz II) contained men's and women's camps, other prison camps, a hospital, the storehouses called “Canada,” the gas chambers, and the crematoria. Monowitz (Auschwitz III) was a labor camp with factories.

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In Carol Matas's novel Daniel's Story, Daniel and his family are transported from the ghetto in Lodz, Poland, to the concentration camp Auschwitz.

As Daniel explains, Auschwitz was actually made up of three parts. The first, Auschwitz I or Auschwitz proper, was the “main camp” (82). It housed mostly the German administrators of the camp as well as political prisoners. The SS was garrisoned in this part of the camp, which also contained workshops, political offices, and the labor administration.

Birkenau, or Auschwitz II, which...

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