Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Auschwitz 2: Drainage Ditches

Jean Claude Pressac in Auschwitz: Technique & Operation of the Gas Chambers states of the high water table at Auschwitz-Birkenau:

"The nature of the land at Birkenau, where the groundwater is almost at surface level (unlike the main camp, where it lies deeper), meant that the two Leichenkeller [“corpse cellars”] could no longer be directly under the building, as had probably been initially planned, but had to be raised to form semi-basements." page 269

But ....

Szlamy Dragon former Auschwitz-Birkenau sonderkommando claimed he helped burn Jews in:
"four pits 30 meters long, 7 meters wide and 3 meters deep" page 171
Miklós Nyiszli a Jewish doctor at Auschwitz-Birkenau  states:
"The pyre was a ditch 50 yards long, six yards wide and three yards deep." page 87

Drainage ditches of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Deep drainage ditches circumvent the entire camp

Four huge water filled ditches south of the Central Sauna

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