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Covering letter from the Jewish Agency for Palestine to the Foreign Office enclosing plans and descriptions of Auschwitz and Treblinka death-camps, August 1944

Catalogue ref: FO 371/42806

THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR PALESTINE

77, GREAT RUSSELL STREET.
LONDON. WC1

18th August, 1944

SECRET

G.E. Millard, Esq.,
Foreign Office,
Whitehall, S.W.1.

Dear Mr. Millard,

As arranged on the telephone this afternoon I enclose herewith plans and descriptions of the two death-camps – at Auschwitz (Oswiecim) and Treblinka (Trzebinia), which I have just received from the Polish Ministry of the Interior.

Yours sincerely,

J.Linton

Enclosures.

Key to plan of Auschwitz

Catalogue ref: FO 371/42806


THE CONCENTRATION CAMP AT OSWIECIM / AUSCHWITZ

Explanations to the attached plan:

1.Towers, sentries with machine guns /12/
1a. Sentry, road gate
2. Amunition damp [ammunition dump]
3. Canteen
4. Room of the block commander with his little tower for a sentry
Block N.1.- rooms for internees
Block N.2- " " " and washrooms
Block N.3, 4,5 --------Rooms for internees
Block N.6-----Museum
Block N.7, 8,9, 10---lodgings
Block N.11.---penal company
Block N.12--lodgings and arrest /bunkers/
Block N.13--N.19 ---- lodgings
Block N.20-- special lodging for weak persons and persons unable to work
Block N.21---hospital and surgery
Block N.22, 23, 24 --lodgings; nr. 24 ground floor -- office
Block N. 25 -- lodgings; on the 1-st floor store-room.
Block N. 26--safe and magazine [gun store]
Block N. 27 -- clothing dept, and baths
Block N.28 – general hospital

5. Kitchen
6. Lodgings for S.S. N.C.O’s
6a. " " " " " " and political dept.,
7. lodgins [lodgings] for commandant of the camp.
8. Crematorium
9. administrative biuldings [buildings]
10. slaughter house
11. dairy
12. joinery
13. concrete work shop
14. machine laundry
15. administrative biuldings [buildings]
16. timber warehouse
17. biulding [building] materials warehouse
18. camp for civilian workers who are not interned at the camp
19. military workshops
20. stores of belongings taken away from the prisoners
21. stores for the SS
22. Barrack rooms for the SS
23. offices
24. SS barrack rooms, stores on the ground floor
25. SS kitchen
26. Stores
27. dwelling houses for oficers [officers]
28. Stables
29. unloading square /for transportation to Brzezinki [Birkenau]
30. SS barracks, square, kennels.
a.and b. concentration camp for women
c. gas chambers in a wood west of Brezezinki/Birkenau
d. crematorium, in a wood probably west of the barracks