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Document 37
  Document 37
[PMO neg. no. 21004]  
Situation plan of the POW camp, Auschwitz Upper Silesia [Birkenau]
Scale 1:2000
Drawing 2216
Drawn by prisoner 538
and checked by Dejaco and Janisch on 20/3/43
Approved by Bischoff on 1/4/43

There are several prints of this plan, which was used by the Soviet Commission in 1945 to situate the Birkenau Krematorien.

One of these prints, classified by the Soviet Commission as the 8th drawing, is preserved in the PMO Archives, now canvas backed and classified under neg. no. 20583.

The Soviet Commission used essentially only EIGHT Bauleitung drawings of the Birkenau Krematorien, seven concerning Krematorien II and IV and an overall plan of the camp, that reproduced here.

The Commission attributed the numbers 1 to 8 as follows:  
  1. Drawing  933 of 19/1/42  [Kr II]    
  2. Drawing   934 of 15/1/42 [Kr II]   
  3. Drawing  1173-1174  of 15/1/42 [Kr II]   
  4. Drawing   932 of 23/1/42   [Kr II]   
  5. Drawing  1311 of 14/3/42  [Kr II]   
  6. Drawing   1678 of 14/8/42  [Kr IV]   
  7. Drawing  2036 of 11/4/43  [Kr IV]   
  8. Drawing  2216 of 20/3/43  [Overall plan]   
The wooden hut installed in the north yard of Krematorium II served as an undressing room until 30th March 1943, and was dismantled. 
Technique and operation
of the gas chambers

Jean-Claude Pressac
1989, The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation
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