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Location: Radostowice near Pszczyna, Poland

From 1942 to 1943, the Pless Forestry Management Office (Oberforstamt Pless) deployed approximately 20 Auschwitz prisoners on a forest detail at Radostowitz (Radostowice). The camp was located in a barn and all of the prisoners were Jewish. The killing centre at Birkenau used the trees felled by this detachment for open pit cremations, but the Oberforstamt suspended logging operations during wintertime. The Oberforstamt Pless established similar camps at Altdorf (Stara Wieś) and Kobier (Kobiór). In a special commandment order of November 2nd, 1942, concerning 'offenses' with the use of motor vehicles, Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss referred to these camps as the Pless forest detachments, but did not list them by name.

Radostowitz the sub-camp of Auschwitz
The barn at the foresters house where prisoners lived, now used as part of the current farm setup
Photo by Michael Challoner ©



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