Original construction plans for Auschwitz concentration camp found in Germany
As the world is commemorating war sacrifices by celebrating the Remembrance Day, three architect drawings believed to be the blueprints for the construction of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, where 3 million people perished during the war, have been found in a Berlin apartment. The drawings mark a gas chamber, a crematorium, a corpse cellar and the notorious entrance gate that read “The Work Shall Set You Free.” The pencil marks on faded paper are a chilling reminder of war atrocities. Holocaust researchers believe the documents are a powerful evidence that will end the debate with Holocaust deniers.
The original construction plans believed used for a major expansion of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in 1941 have been found in a Berlin flat, Germany's Bild newspaper reported on Saturday.
The daily printed three architect's drawings on yellowing paper from the batch of 28 pages of blueprints it obtained. One has an 11.66 meter by 11.20 meter room marked "Gaskammer" (gas chamber) that was part of a "delousing facility."
The plans, published ahead of the 70th anniversary of the "Kristallnacht" or the Nazi pogrom that was a harbinger of the Holocaust, also include a crematorium and a "L. Keller" -- an abbreviation for "Leichenkeller" or corpse cellar.
A drawing of the building for Auschwitz's main gate was also found in the documents that Bild said were believed to have been discovered when a Berlin flat was cleaned out.
There were mass killings of about one million Jews before the Nazi's "Final Solution" was formulated in late 1941. The decision to kill Europe's 11 million Jews was made at the Wannsee Conference in January 1942.
A copy of the minutes, known as the "Wannsee Protocol," is one of the most important documents from the war.
"These documents reveal that everyone who had even anything remotely to do with the planning and construction of the concentration camp must have know that people were to be gassed to death in assembly-line fashion," Bild wrote.
"The documents refute once and for all claims by those who deny the Holocaust even took place," it added.