Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Auschwitz 2: Section B2G: Canada 2

Compound B2G nicknamed Canada II

In the 1996 edition of Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz Rudolph Höss, footnotes added to "Rudolph Hoess' original text" by Steven Paskuly read:
33. There were two Canadas. Canada I was near the Auschwitz camp, Canada II was located outside the barracks area across from the sauna and shower building on the west side of the Birkenau camp. The term Canada was coined by the prisoners because the nation of Canada meant wealth and prosperity. ...
35. Canada II consisted of thirty-five barracks. On January 23, 1945, five days before the liberation of the camp by the Soviet army, the SS set fire to thirty storehouses crammed full with the property of the murdered millions. The barracks burned for several days. In six of the partially destroyed barracks 1,185,345 men's suits and women's outfits, 43,255 pairs of shoes, 13,694 carpets, and huge quantities of hairbrushes, shaving brushes, and other articles used in everyday life were also found. 
Rudolph Höss. Edited by Steven Paskuly. Translated by Andrew Pollinger. Foreword by Primo Levi. Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz Rudolph HössDa Capo Press, Massachusetts. 1996. p. 40.

Looking eastwards at the Canada II section, behind me was the Central Sauna

Museum sign for Canada II


Museum sign at Canada II


In the remains of Block 5 of Canada II is a collection of goods stolen from Jews

Evidence of the Holocaust inside the display at Block 5 in Canada II

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