The Holocaust Historiography Project
Auschwitz, by J.-C. Pressac
RECEPTION AT THE ZENTRAL SAUNA
Photo 16 Photo 16: [PMO neg. no. 20995/462]

This is the introductory page for the photographs showing the construction and operation of the Zentral Sauna in what might he called “The Auschwitz Bauleitung Album” produced by SS Sergeant Kamann for the Construction Management. Title: “Entwesungsanlage mit Effectenbaracken im K.G.L. / disinfestation installation with effects buildings in the POW camp”. The introductory photograph shows the row of three autoclaves on the clean or south side.
Photo 17: [PMO neg. no. 20995/479]

"Warte und Auskleideraum / waiting and undressing room”, north side. A reception committee is sitting facing the entrance door. It would appear that while the SS photographer Kumann was at work the group of prisoners passing through the Zentral Sauna was already in the shearing room or showers.
Photo 17
Photo 20 Photo 20:

"Untersuchungsraum (medical) examination room”, inscription still visible from the barbering room which precedes it. There is also a third remaining inscription “Brausen / showers” visible from the examinaton room and preceding the showers.
Photo 19

Inscription still visible today. “Haarschneideraum / barbering room”, above the east end door of the “Unreine Siete / dirty side” corridor.
Photo 19
Photo 18 Photo 18:

The waiting and undressing room in its present state. The tubular radiators have been removed. All the rooms of the Zentral Sauna had similar heating pipes, but none remain. It is in fact difficult to leave coexisting in a “history” to be shown to visitors, a building where the prisoners were generously warmed and the remains of Krematorien where they were exterminated (Krematorium IV is 100 metres from the Zentral Sauna).