"Bathing Installations for Special Action"
This report of August 21, 1942, describes the installation of two large ovens in the "bathing installations for special action." The Nazi phrase "special action" was a code-word for murder. The phrase "bathing installations" was a euphemism for the gas chambers.
The buildings where the ovens were being installed were Bunker 1 and Bunker 2, also known as the "little red house" and "little white house." These are two lesser-known killing chambers of the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex.
This document is referenced in "The Machinery of Mass Murder at Auschwitz," Jean-Claude Pressac with Robert-Jan van Pelt, in Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp, Gutman et al., Eds., 1994, p. 219.
Its reproduction has been provided to Dr. Daniel Keren courtesy of Professor Robert-Jan van Pelt, University of Waterloo.
Last modified: January 13, 1999