All photographs copyright © Alan Jacobs.

Krematorium I

Two sets of furnaces where bodies were burned. The device at the oven mouth is mounted on rails and used to push the bodies into the flames. Scroll to the right and look through the door to the gas chamber (see Auschwitz # 16). After gassing, prisoners workers called Sonderkommando (special workers), men who were forced on pain of death to do this work, carried or dragged the bodies to the rail carts that were used to push the bodies into the ovens. Scrolling around you see some of the devices used for another oven no longer there. This was an early version of the industrial mass production methods used for murdering countless souls. As you will see in the Birkenau exhibition (see Birkenau Map), the Nazis were to greatly improve the size and efficiency of their mass destruction methods.