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The Führerheim was a converted house to the north east of Auschwitz I that became a Hotel and Casino for SS Officers. Its members included Josef Mengele and Otto Moll, and in 1942, Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler stayed the night there after witnessing a gassing of Dutch Jews in Auschwitz Birkenau. The Führerheim was in the vicinity of SS officer houses by the so called 'SS Siedlung' and opposite the former home of SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Fritzsch, the man responsible for the first experiments with Zyklon B gas.

Read testimony of Kazimierz Wandowski about working in Führerheim.

The building has largely remained untouched since the war and is now privately owned following its conversion back to a family home.

Map showing the location of the Fernheizwerk
Map showing the location of the Führerheim
Map designed by Michael Challoner ©
The former Führerheim building as it looked in 2013
The former Führerheim building as it looked in 2013
Photo by Michael Challoner ©


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