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Lager IX: (unnamed)

Dates: construction between spring 1944-December 1944
Status: never occupied, construction never completed

Just a few minutes east from the northern tip of Lager VIII, Karpfenteich, Lager IX that was supposed to have around 30 barracks was surveyed for construction in early 1944. This area of land between the main road that ran parallel to IG Farben from east to east was heavily hit by bombs towards the end of 1944, this can be verified by Allied aircraft photographs. The fields to the north of Karpfenteich, just over the main road into the IG Farben complex and to the east of Lager VIII had been victim to several stray bombs.

No records in the Auschwitz archives indicate that the camp was ever occupied. Aerial photographs show around 6 or 7 buildings were completed towards the end of 1944, and bomb craters either in the camp itself or on the borders. No reason can be found to suggest why Lager IX was never completed or uninhabited but it is possible that other camps never fulfilled their expected population numbers, with the exception of Buna Monowitz, Dorfrand.

We found no prisoner testimonies for this camp.

 

Existing Camp Relics

Small farm houses now occupy the land the unfinished camp was located at. Seemingly no relics exist here, although the Auschwitz Study Group has yet to explore the possibilities of materials that may have been recycled in the close area. Given the few barracks that existed, this will be unlikely.

Map showing the barracks and camp buildings of Lager IX
Map showing the barracks and camp buildings of Lager IX
Map designed by Michael Challoner ©

 

The entrance to Lager IX, how it looks today
           
A farm now exists where the first barracks were built
           
The road from Lager VIII, Karpfenteich looking towards the entrance of Lager IX (facing east)
            Image 1
The entrance to Lager IX, how it looks today. The fork in the road
highlights how the road split the perimeter of the camp to its
north and west side
Photo by Michael Challoner ©

Image 2
A farm now exists where the first barracks were built
Photo by Michael Challoner ©

Image 3
The road from Lager VIII, Karpfenteich looking towards the entrance
of Lager IX (facing east). Allied bombs hit the area ahead and to
the left of the photo
Photo by Michael Challoner ©

 

Sources

Information about sources we used while researching the werk kamp you can find here.