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Bäckerei - Auschwitz I Bakery

In 1942, the SS commissioned the construction of a bakery to be built by Jewish prisoners from the main camp. The bakery was only a short distance directly west from Auschwitz I and in the vicinity of the SS headquarters and canteen area, at the very south tip of the so called 'Industriehof'. Indeed, to its south perimeter, the area was fields all the way to the village of Rajsko some 2 kilometres distance, and largely remains this way today. The immediate spatial area on this perimeter is significant as it was potentially earmarked for two developments, which alas did not materialise. It is believed that the site nearby was considered as what would eventually become the Birkenau camp which was eventually established further to the west in the village of Brzezinka. The second consideration was to use the land to build the new SS district. Detailed plans were even drawn up after the land was surveyed.

The former SS bakery is still mostly intact today and continues its former use as a bakery. Most of the original structures still exist, however it has been extended to the east with the addition of a new chimney.

Map showing the location of the Bäckerei
Map showing the location of the Bäckerei
Map designed by Michael Challoner ©
         
View of the original part of the bakery (foreground) with the extension further to the right
View of the original part of the bakery (foreground) with the extension further to the right
Photo by Michael Challoner ©

Sources

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