The Holocaust Historiography Project
Auschwitz, by J.-C. Pressac
Photo 1:
[PMO file BW 30/25, page 14]
This document lists some of the buildings handed over to the camp administration by the “Bauleitung der Waffen-SS und Polizei KGL Auschwitz/ Auschwitz POW camp Waffen SS and Police Construction Management”, including the four Krematorien, giving the worksite numbers and the handover date:
· Worksite 30 Krematorium II handed over on 31/3/43;
· Worksite 30a Krematorium III handed over on 25/6/43;
· Worksite 30b Krematorium IV handed over on 22/3/43;
· Worksite 30c Krematorium V handed over on 4/4/43
Photo 2:
[PMO file BW 30/40, page 30]
Letterhead of the Kattowitz branch of HUTA, the firm who built the shells of Krematorien II and III (and part of those of Krematorien IV and V). This letter, on the subject of the static calculations for Krematorium II, is signed by Dziubany, a Huta engineer. The contract for the construction of Krematorium II was offered at the beginning of July 1942 to two Kattowitz firms already working at the Birkenau camp: Huta and the Silesian firm Lenz & Co. Lenz refused on 15th July, claiming a labor shortage. Huta accepted and submitted their estimate on 13th July.
Photos 3 and 4:
[PMO file BW 30/26, pages 59 and 60]
Letterhead of the construction firm KONRAD SEGNITZ of Beuthen, Upper Silesia, run by Carl Pluta. This letter concerns the roof of Krematorium IV. The firm produced the drawings for the roofs of all four Krematorien, and built them in association with Industrie-Bau AG of Bielitz, Upper Silesia, a firm probably under the control of the SS.
Photo 5:
[PMO Archives, file BW 30/36, page 80]
This is a timesheet for the week of 1st to 7th February, 1943 for work carried out by INDUSTRIE-BAU-AG of Bielitz, Upper Silesia, on Krematorium IV (BW 30b). This firm, probably under the control of the SS because of its field of activity (timber) was supposed to build the roof of Krematorium II, calculated, checked and redrawn by Messrs Konrad Segnitz. The respective roles of the two firms seems to have evolved over the months. Konrad Segnitz, having produced the drawings and drawn up the list of timber required, was to have a purely supervisory role, unlike Industrie-Bau, who were to supply both labor and materials. However, due to inadequate technology, Industrie-Bau had to abandon the manufacture and supply of materials to Konrad Segnitz

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