Dentro de los restos oxidados de los trenes nazis de Auschwitz

El fotógrafo Mathew Growcoot cree haber encontrado los despojos de los ferrocarriles que transportaron a cientos de miles de judíos hasta las cámaras de gas

Durante años fueron el terror de los enemigos de Adolf Hitler, pues entrar en sus vagones significaba partir hacia una muerte segura en el campo de exterminio de Auschwitz (ubicado en Polonia). Sin embargo, de los que en su día fueron los trenes usados por los nazis para transportar a miles de judíos hasta las cámara de gas, hoy ya solo quedan despojos oxidados y abandonados en una vieja estación de Hungría.

Al menos, así lo cree el fotógrafo británico Mathew Growcoot quien, tras investigar el paradero de los conocidos como «trenes de la muerte», afirma haberlos hallado en un taller de reparación de maquinaria ferroviaria que abrió sus puertas en el año 1900 y ha sido testigo de más de 80 años de Historia ferroviaria húngara.

El lugar en cuestión es conocido como Istvántelek, está ubicado al norte de Budapest y forma parte de un complejo mucho más grande utilizado por el ferrocarril del país. Al parecer, esta parte olvidada y descuidada de la estación no era desconocida, pero –hasta ahora- nadie se había percatado de que las convoys que albergaba en su interior eran idénticos a los utilizados por los nazis hace más de 60 años.

Según publica la versión digital del diario «Daily Mail» -donde se ha hecho hincapié en que aún no se ha corroborado su procedencia, aunque son exactamente iguales- los grandes vagones se encuentran hoy en día abandonados y en pleno estado de descomposición.

A su vez, y siempre según Growcoot, los vagones en los que un día se apelotonaron más de 440.000 judíos húngaros (algunos historiadores elevan la cifra a muchísimos más) se encuentran bajo una estructura maltratada por el paso del tiempo. «El techo se cae a pedazos, aunque, que el sol lo atraviese, le da un aire dramático perfecto».

Por otro lado, el fotógrafo también ha expresado su sorpresa tras encontrar lo que puede ser todo un tesoro histórico: «Había leído sobre los vagones que habían sido utilizados por los nazis, y algunos de ellos son iguales a los que se pueden ver en las fotografías tomadas en Auschwitz… Fue impactante pensar en los horrores que pudieron haber tenido lugar en los vagones que estaba fotografiando».

 
 
 
Rusting: A four-cylinder MAV 301 series which was in use 1911-1914 - one of only two left in the world - stands abandoned in the now derelict Istvantelek rail workshop in Budapest, Hungary
History: Connected to the MAV 301 series locomotive are carriages said to have been used by the Nazis to transport hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz concentration camp

History: Connected to the MAV 301 series locomotive are carriages said to have been used by the Nazis to transport hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz concentration camp

Past: A historic picture of a MAV 301 series train engine, which was widely in use in Hungary between 1911 and 1914

Graffiti: British photographer Mathew Growcoot, 25, who entered the dilapidated building said: 'I'd read online about the carriages being used by Nazis and some of them looked identical to the ones you can see in photographs taken at Auschwitz'

Graffiti: British photographer Mathew Growcoot, 25, who entered the dilapidated building said: ‘I’d read online about the carriages being used by Nazis and some of them looked identical to the ones you can see in photographs taken at Auschwitz’

Deserted: The pictures, taken at the Istvantelek train workshop near Budapest, are a snapshot of a bygone era, with huge locomotives standing in a crumbling shed that is slowly being reclaimed by nature

Deserted: The pictures, taken at the Istvantelek train workshop near Budapest, are a snapshot of a bygone era, with huge locomotives standing in a crumbling shed that is slowly being reclaimed by nature

Hungarian Jews are seen arriving at Aushwitz in carriages  similar to the ones photographed in the derelict Istvantelek train yard

 

Hungarian Jews are seen arriving at Aushwitz in carriages similar to the ones photographed in the derelict Istvantelek train yard

The interior of an abandoned Soviet-era train carriage is seen inside Hungary's Istvantelek rail workshop, near Budapest

The interior of an abandoned Soviet-era train carriage is seen inside Hungary’s Istvantelek rail workshop, near Budapest

British photographer Mathew Growcoot, 25, who entered the dilapidated building, described what it was like inside. 'The roof was falling to pieces but it made for dramatic effect as shafts of light pierced the otherwise dingy interior helping plant life to grow,' he said

British photographer Mathew Growcoot, 25, who entered the dilapidated building, described what it was like inside. ‘The roof was falling to pieces but it made for dramatic effect as shafts of light pierced the otherwise dingy interior helping plant life to grow,’ he said

Empty: Photographer Mr Growcoot said: 'It really brings the past to life when you can walk amongst historical artefacts. It makes you think about how far we have come in a relatively short space of time'

Empty: Photographer Mr Growcoot said: ‘It really brings the past to life when you can walk amongst historical artefacts. It makes you think about how far we have come in a relatively short space of time’

A Soviet-era passenger carriage, complete with wooden steps, stands abandoned in the Istvantelek rail workshop

A Soviet-era passenger carriage, complete with wooden steps, stands abandoned in the Istvantelek rail workshop

Chilling: An abandoned train carriage similar to one used by Nazis to transport Jews to Auschwitz during the Second World War

Chilling: An abandoned train carriage similar to one used by Nazis to transport Jews to Auschwitz during the Second World War

Massive: A large MAV class 424 locomotive stands abandoned in Istvantelek rail workshop near the Hungarian capital Budapest

Massive: A large MAV class 424 locomotive stands abandoned in Istvantelek rail workshop near the Hungarian capital Budapest

Huge: Monolithic steam engine trains can be seen rusting at the repair yard, including the iconic MAV class 424. Weighing an astonishing 137 tonnes, Hungary produced 514 of these massive machines and they were used widely across Europe

 

Huge: Monolithic steam engine trains can be seen rusting at the repair yard, including the iconic MAV class 424. Weighing an astonishing 137 tonnes, Hungary produced 514 of these massive machines and they were used widely across Europe

Shelving designed to hold passengrs' bags are seen on an abandoned Soviet-era passenger carriage at Istvantelek rail workshop

Shelving designed to hold passengrs’ bags are seen on an abandoned Soviet-era passenger carriage at Istvantelek rail workshop

A toilet is seen inside a small wooden cubicle onboard an abandoned Soviet-era passenger carriage at Istvantelek rail workshop

A toilet is seen inside a small wooden cubicle onboard an abandoned Soviet-era passenger carriage at Istvantelek rail workshop

Trains stand abandoned in Istvantelek rail workshop in Budapest, Hungary. The images were taken on Sunday 12th October, 2014

Trains stand abandoned in Istvantelek rail workshop in Budapest, Hungary. The images were taken on Sunday 12th October, 2014

Historic: The repair shop opened in the early 1900s and has witnessed 80 years of tumultuous Hungarian history that included the fall of a monarchy, Nazi occupation and transformation into communist state loyal to the Soviet Union

Historic: The repair shop opened in the early 1900s and has witnessed 80 years of tumultuous Hungarian history that included the fall of a monarchy, Nazi occupation and transformation into communist state loyal to the Soviet Union

Forgotten: Now the repair shop stands abandoned and overgrown and littered with the rusting shells of Soviet-era train carriages (pictured in this image and the one below)

Forgotten: Now the repair shop stands abandoned and overgrown and littered with the rusting shells of Soviet-era train carriages (pictured in this image and the one below)

Eerie: One rusting passenger train contained old train tickets dating from 1967 - midway through the Soviet occupation of Hungary (pictured in this image and the three images below)

Eerie: One rusting passenger train contained old train tickets dating from 1967 – midway through the Soviet occupation of Hungary (pictured in this image and the three images below)

Decades-old train tickets in Istvantelek rail workshop in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday 12th October, 201

Decades-old train tickets in Istvantelek rail workshop in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday 12th October, 201

 
Hungarian Jews are seen arriving at Aushwitz in carriages similar to the ones photographed in the derelict Istvantelek train yard 

Hungarian Jews are seen arriving at Aushwitz in carriages similar to the ones photographed in the derelict Istvantelek train yard 

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