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Location: Chorzów-Batory, Poland
Camp commandant: SS-Oberscharführer Hermann Christoph Klemann
Number of prisoners: around 200
Employers in charge: Königs und Bismarckhütte AG, Konzern Berghütte
Dates of camp's existence: from September 1944 to 17th January 1945

It was only towards the end of November 1944 that the 200 prisoners began working at the Bismarck Steel Mill which belonged to the Berghütte firm. The Mill still exists today and has been renamed Batory Mill. Upon arrival, the prisoners began immediate work on the expansion of the Niedersachswerfen Mine. Only a few prisoners from the Bismarckhütte Sub-Camp survived to see the liberation on 4 May 1945. 

Read testimony of Elżbieta Płaszczyk about living and working in Bismarckhütte sub-camp.


Bismarckhütte the sub-camp of Auschwitz
The original gate and wall of the former Bismarck Steel Mill
Photo by Michael Challoner ©



Information about sources we used while researching the sub-camp you can find here.

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