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Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints

Selected Panels from the Exhibition

SS officers amidst building plans in the central offices of the AuschwitzPrisoners pouring concrete for the roof of the underground undressing chamberBlueprint of the entrance building to Birkenau, dated 5 November 1941A map of the area between the Sola and Vistula rivers, where the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex was constructedBlueprint of the expansion of Auschwitz I, dated 30 April 1942, including the huge headquarters of the camp complex marked in red. Due to the fact that the focus of activity was shifted from Auschwitz to Birkenau, this expansion was never carried out

SS officers amidst building plans in the central offices of the AuschwitzSS officers amidst building plans in the central offices of the Auschwitz

Auschwitz-Birkenau Construction Album

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Central Construction Directorate arranged for the project to be documented in photographs during most stages of its construction. Some of the photographs, taken during 1942-1943, were assembled into an album, which was probably distributed in a number of copies to senior German Nazi officials. The album's photographs show a wide range of construction projects, from stables to Birkenau's four crematoria.