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Landwirtschaftliche Stallhof

The Landwirtschaftliche Stallhof was a large open area of stables and training facilities surrounded by wooden barracks identical to those at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Kommandantur Stallhof was also located here, the Kommandants office and horse stables. The horses were looked after by prisoners, reared and trained on a large area of grass surrounded by the horse stables. On the large field, some of the equipment for training the horses included show jumping fences and other obstacles. Unlike in Birkenau, the floors of the stables inside were concrete so would not subside and become muddy. SS-Sturmbannführer Dr. Joachim Ceasar who was head of the agricultural farms at Auschwitz testified to the stables conditions between Auschwitz-Birkenau and those attached to farms at his trial in Landgericht Frankfurt am Main, 1964.

The area of the Landwirtschaftliche Stallhof was directly opposite the offices of the (DAW) Deutsche Ausrüstungswerke and the Kanada I building. On its west side, the (DAW) Holzlager Platz flanked the stables on its north and west perimeter. The only known photo of the camp shows the east face where a chimney can be made out in the distance. It is possible that this is the chimney of the Lederfabrik, the pre-war Oświęcim tannery building.

Between 1945 and 1950, the stables were removed and most likely taken into Russia. The area is currently waste ground and sometimes used as cargo storage for the companies that own land either side.

Map showing the location of the former Landwirtschaftliche Stallhof
Map showing the location of the former Landwirtschaftliche Stallhof
Map designed by Michael Challoner ©
         
A view of the stables area facing south
A view of the stables area facing south
Photo by Michael Challoner ©

Sources

Information about sources we used while researching the industrial zones of Auschwitz you can find here.