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                            of the Gas Chambers ©
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Document 25 Document 25:

Schematic diagram of the operation of a three-muffle furnace, a total of ten of which were installed in Krematorien II and III.  

Translation of inscriptions
(from top to bottom and left to right): 
· Incinération facilitée (+) ou non (-) /
Incineration facilitated (+) or otherwise (-)  
· Cadavres normaux / Normal corpses   
· Cadavres amaigris / Wasted corpses   
L: Side muffle     
M: Center muffle   
· Bac de receuil des cendres / Ash collection bin   
· Générateur ou foyer d'alimentation /
Firebox or coke-burning hearth 
· Conduit souterrain d'évacuation des fumées /
Underfloor smoke flue  

Document 26
[PMO neg. no. 892]

Ash collection bins from the cremation furnaces of the Birkenau Krematorien found in the Bauhof in 1945. It is impossible to say whether they came from Krematorien II/III or IV/V and not very important if the bins were similar for the two types of furnace.
Document 26

Document 27 Document 27
[PMO neg. no. 890]

 Document 28 Document 28
  Document 28:
Bauleitung drawing 2221 [PMO neg. no. 20583
  Kriegsgefangenenlager Lageplan / plan of the prisoner of war camp
Scale 1:2000
Drawn by prisoner 538 and checked by SS Second Lieutenants Dejaco and Janisch on 20/3/ 43

This Bauleitung source confirms the erection in mid-March 1943 of a hut [B] running south-north in the north yard of Krematorium II, which was used, according to Henryk Tauber, as an undressing room, apparently because the access stairway to the underground undressing room [Leichenkeller 2] was not yet completed  
Technique and operation
of the gas chambers

Jean-Claude Pressac
© 1989, The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation
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