Soviet prisoners in the SS Auschwitz

(The Document Archive of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum)

The plan of the Birkenau camp for prisoners of war. 7 October 1941.

These plans were never to come to life. As early as in spring 1942, the Soviet prisoners of war at the camp were numbered in the hundreds and they no longer were deprted to Auschwitz en masse. Birkenau instead became a factory of death for hundreds of thousands of Jews from all over Europe

Auschwitz II–Birkenau. The first primitive barracks built by prisoners and Soviet POWs in 1941–42.

Photo. The Document Archive of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Neg. nr. 848
A letter to the camp commandant’s office regarding transferring 400 Russians (Soviet prisoners of war) to construction works.
22 October 1941.


Construction Board of the Waffen SS and Police at Auschwitz

Auschwitz, 22 October 1941

No. 238/41 /PU/

Subject: Detachment of inmates for construction of a laundry and…

Office of the Head of Protective Detention Camp (Е)


Construction Department asks to detach on 23 October 1941 to the following work group

1) 400 inmates (Russians)