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A place where human skin was tanned in – read about Lederfabrik, the Auschwitz tannery

The town of Oświęcim is full of places strongly related to the Auschwitz camps, which aren't included in the protection zone. One of them was an abandoned building of a former tannery. It was opened at the very end of the 19th century and taken over by the Nazis during the Second World War, and a memory of the tannery was refreshed only in 2000 because of a controversial decision of creating a discotheque in there.

Inside the dilapidated and abandoned tannery

Iga Bunalska of the Auschwitz Study Group presents a history of the Oświęcim tannery which became one of the very important parts of the Auschwitz industry. Located by the Soła river, it was a place where useless items from the transports were being burnt, where SS uniforms and other clothes were being repaired, and of course were skins were prepared and used in creating leather shoes, wallets, handbags, toys and furniture. Most importantly, not only animal parts were used in manufacturing but also those coming from prisoners of Auschwitz: human skins and hair.

Learn the dark history of Lederfabrik, the Auschwitz tannery.

The picture is the courtesy of Marek Rawecki.