AUSCHWITZ/BIRKENAU - jacobsphotos

This was described as a segement of a burning pit near "the little white house" (officially Bunker II), a smaller facility for gassing only, way, way in the back of the camp, beyond the Suana and Kanada. The krematoria were always needing repair and during peak periods they could not handle the number of corpses to be burned. So pits were dug where bodies could be burned much faster. Supervising these burnings was SS-Hauptscharführer Otto Moll who was recalled from a sub-camp to be part of a new group for the "Hungarian Action". "A layer of wood, a layer of bodies, and petrol waste, and another layer of bodies etc. Trenches were dug along the sides to collect the fat run-off which was thrown on the burning bodies to intensify the heat". (personal communication Filip Muller, 1980)
For interactive map of Birkenau go to http://www.remember.org/camps/birkenau/index.html