The Holocaust Historiography Project
Auschwitz, by J.-C. Pressac
Photo 11 Photo 11:
[PMO neg. no. 20995/491, Kamann series]

View looking southwest/northeast of the collective chimney of Krematorium III, taken a few days later than Photos 9 and 10, probably on the 25th or 26th January.

The chimney does not seem to have increased in height, but it still about 8 meters. Perfectly visible on the near side of the chimney are the openings for the flues from furnaces 1 and 2 at the base and that for the forced draught system, never to be used, above.

This type of scaffolding is still used today in Poland, where standard easily erected steel scaffold is in short supply.

Photo 12:
Photo 12

Photo 12:
[PMO neg. no. 299, Ludwik series 20995/493, Kamann series]
East/west view of the temporary roof of Leichenkeller 2 (the future undressing room) of Krematorium III, probably taken on the 25th or 26th January 1943 (Kamann took this picture from the first stage of the chimney scaffolding).

From left to right: some of the wooden scaffolding; the temporary roof of Leichenkeller 2, with the northeast corner slightly sagging; the small hut in the trees confirming the identification of Krematorium III; the wooden formwork for the first two supporting pillars of the furnace room with the bases, ready for the concrete to be poured; lastly, on the right, the western end of the north wall.

This photo proves that at the end of January 1943, the main access stairway to the future undressing room was not yet started. In fact, since the temporary roof did not cover the whole of Leichenkeller 2, the southwest corner where it was to be located can clearly be seen (grayish triangle, center left). No space has been left or made in the west wall, which is complete as in Photo 3 [incorrect identification of the photograph prevents this type of research or observation and means that the progressive changes made in Krematorien II and III are unknown or denied].

Between the north wall and the furnace room pillars are the rails running between the furnace room and Leichenkeller 2, partly snow covered, implying they are no longer used.