German Publisher Gives Auschwitz Blueprints to Israel
Source:Artinfo Date: 2009-08-28 Size:
Twenty-nine sketches of the Auschwitz death camp, which include detailed blueprints for living barracks, delousing facilities, crematoria, and a gas chamber, will go on display at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, next year. The sketches were handed over today to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

 

Twenty-nine sketches of the Auschwitz death camp, which include detailed blueprints for living barracks, delousing facilities, crematoria, and a gas chamber, will go on display at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, next year. The sketches were handed over today to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Among the architectural plans are blueprints for the original Auschwitz camp in Nazi-occupied Poland and the expansion of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, where most of the killings were carried out. More than 1 million people, mostly Jews, died at the camp, either in the gas chambers or through forced labor, disease, and starvation. Axel Springer Verlag, publisher of the tabloid newspaper Bild, said it purchased the prints after they were allegedly found by someone claiming they had been stashed in a Berlin apartment. But Bild now believes the documents were probably stored at the East German secret service's Third Reich archive. The paper decided to give the plans to Israel's Holocaust memorial so that as many people as possible could see them. They go on view Jan. 27, 2010, as part of an exhibition marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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