Auschwitz Buildings, “outside the wire”

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Makarov
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Re: Auschwitz Buildings, “outside the wire”

Post by Makarov » 07 Jan 2019 21:32

Sampo Jämbeck wrote:
07 Jan 2019 10:19
A little bit more about Hundezwinger/dog compound in Birkenau:.......It seems that there is not much to see anymore. Some fence posts still remain there.
That's more than I expected, I will take a closer look when I go back later this year. Thank's for bringing this up :thumbsup:

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Re: Auschwitz Buildings, “outside the wire”

Post by solarity52 » 07 Jun 2020 03:30

I have spent way too much time searching the internet with no success for a wartime photo of the SS Administration building at Birkenau that is now being used as a church. Hundreds of SS officers passed through that building and perhaps thousands of SS troops spent time living in the numerous barracks immediately behind this building. The entire barracks area has disappeared without any trace, even to the point that the road and lot layout is totally different.

You have to believe that many soldiers took photos of their time spent at Auschwitz yet there doesn't seem to be a single wartime photo available of this entire complex. Aside from the photo posted by Sampo Jämbeck in 2018 that might be from this area, the photographic history seems to have completely vanished. Seems rather odd.

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Re: Auschwitz Buildings, “outside the wire”

Post by GregSingh » 08 Jun 2020 07:12

Aside from the photo posted by Sampo Jämbeck in 2018
This photo comes from so called Höcker Album, apparently one of 116. Out of that number here are about 20-30 available:
https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/ ... ries=18613
If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.

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Re: Auschwitz Buildings, “outside the wire”

Post by history1 » 08 Jun 2020 09:38

I´m confused. As far as I remember we were not positive that this building in the photo is part of the camp administration building. That is what solarity52 was/is looking for. Or did I misunderstand something?

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Re: Auschwitz Buildings, “outside the wire”

Post by solarity52 » 08 Jun 2020 16:06

Thanks for the reply. I have had no luck locating the rest of the Hocker album photos other than the relative handful that are all over the internet. Is there some site that shows the entire album?

"As far as I remember we were not positive that this building in the photo is part of the camp administration building. That is what solarity52 was/is looking for."

Yes,I would like to see any photos of the SS Admin facility at Birkenau. It was rather large with many soldiers passing through so it stands to reason a lot of photos were taken. Yet none are to be found online. No doubt many are sitting lost to the world in dusty, moldering scrapboooks and boxes.

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