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June 27, 2011

Where are the ashes of the 1.1 million people killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:11 am

Someone asked me where the ashes of the 1.1 million people who were murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau are located.  I had to look it up because I really don’t know. At Birkenau, there is no huge memorial that holds the ashes, as at Sobibor and Majdanek.

I found an article on this web site which mentions the “Field of Ashes” at Birkenau. So where is the Field of Ashes? A news article in the N.Y. Times on December 13, 1997 mentions “a large swath of land, known as the field of ashes, that stretches behind the gas chambers at the Birkenau camp.”

The “large swath of land” must be where the “little white house” was formerly located; the house was one of the two little houses that were used as gas chambers while Krema II and Krema III were under construction.

Remains of “the little white house” at Birkenau

The photo above shows a “swath of land” which is behind the Birkenau camp.  Note the mound on the right.  Is this the Field of Ashes?   (more…)