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THE FACTS Auschwitz: A Labour Camp

Auschwitz produced synthetic rubber, medical and armament supplies.

The Auschwitz camp complex was set up in 1940 in what is now south-central Poland. It was originally constructed to house Polish prisoners of war and political prisoners just as Britain and the United States built internment camps for German, Italian and Japanese civilians and partisans; but quickly became a labour camp to supply the German war effort and consisted of 39 sites. The British Intelligence decrypts revealed that Jews comprised only 39% of the inmates on average with Poles 65% and Russians a mere 3%. Auschwitz I was the original camp and served as the administrative centre for the whole complex. Construction on Auschwitz II (Birkenau) began in October 1941 to ease congestion at the main camp. Monowitz, or Auschwitz III, was a large industrial site where gasoline was produced from coal. In addition there were dozens of smaller satellite camps devoted to the war economy.

Auschwitz was a major work camp that had forty different industries. The true reason for the existence of the Auschwitz camp is revealed in these little shown pictures of the industrial complex which surrounded the camp – most of it within full view of the interior of the camp itself.

The surrounding work camps were connected to German industry and included arms factories, foundries and mines. They used the prisoners for most of the labour. The largest work camp was Auschwitz III (Monowitz). It started operations in May 1942 and was associated with the synthetic rubber and liquid fuel plant Buna-Werke owned by IG Farben. Eleven thousand labourers worked at Monowitz. Seven thousand inmates worked at various chemical plants. Eight thousand worked in mines. Approximately 40,000 prisoners worked in labour camps at Auschwitz. Some put the number of prisoners who worked at Auschwitz at 83,000. We don’t know the exact number but what is clear is that tens of thousands of prisoners worked for the German war effort in the Auschwitz prison complex.

Inmates were mostly assigned to general work such as building roads and irrigation installations, or to the support of civilian (Polish and German) workers.
Auschwitz Birkenau 1942
Birkenau 1942
Horticulture
Auschwitz workers
Inmates working in the Siemens airplane factory at Bobrek sub‐camp, an airplane factory called Siemens Schuckert Werke.
Inmates at work in Auschwitz III – Monowitz factory.

The Monowitz industrial complex was where most of Auschwitz’s inmates were put to work in a variety of heavy industries, ranging from rubber manufacture, medical supplies, armaments and clothing.

auschmap

The photograph below shows the tailor’s workshop at Auschwitz I, where prisoners would make up clothing for use by the German army.

Garment workshop at Auschwitz. Jean-Claude Pressac claims that these sewing machines were brought along with them by women deportees. The innumerable photographs of the deportation show not one single woman carrying a sewing machine on her back. Pressac’s interpretation is a perfect example of groundless and deliberate misinterpretation.
Buna‐Werke synthetic rubber factory.

Auschwitz was the site of Germany’s newest and most technologically advanced synthetic rubber plant; and Germany was the world’s leader in this particular field of technology. Shortly after the First World War the Germans were cut off from their supply of natural rubber.

Auschwitz was picked because it was a railway centre.
Auschwitz I: Do you build a hospital next (30 metres) to a gas chamber? Does the Camp Commander live 400 yards from the gas chamber?

The Americans had a camp at Auschwitz before the Germans

Typhus and Doughboy

Auschwitz is the German name for Oświęcim, the town in and around which the camps were located.

Following WWI the Americans set up a quarantine, disinfection and work camp at Oświęcim (Auschwitz) in 1919 to combat typhus.

From the 1982 book by By Alfred E. Cornebise:
Typhus and Doughboy: The American Polish Typhus Relief Expedition 1919-1921

“Oswiecim was the choice to act as the receiving station, since it was seventy-five kilometers from Krakow and had excellent railroad connections, open country, and local gardens producing food at reasonable prices. From there also, the peasants refugees could be spread out over the farms in western Galicia to help with the harvest, thereby easing the burden that they were to the country.”

“In the meantime, the camp at Oswiencim, another of Baker’s charges, saw improvements. By early July, it housed some 700 children and about 2,500 prisoners.”

“(Major Willis P.) Baker (United States Army Medical Corps.) then returned to his regular duties at the Quarantine and Refugee Station at Oswiecim and at the State Bacteriological Laboratory in Krakow. His job at the former was to advise regarding the operation of delousers and sterilizers, and to assist in getting transportation, fuel, and medical supplies. He likewise helped to establish a Red Cross hospital there. The refugee traffic was considerable, for a time, some 5,000 to 6,000 persons per day arriving, about three-fourths being transient military personnel.”

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