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   "The four houses reserved for prisoners were going to be shared out
   as follows: House No. 1 for prostitutes to keep SS, army, and
   privileged German prisoners amused, and No. 2 for office staff
   working in the so-called 'political department' and camp
   administration. No. 3 was intended for laundry and sewing room
   personnel. 'No. 4 is a mystery,' Magda frowned. 'It is a house just
   like the other three but completely surrounded by barbed wire, a
   camp within the camp.' SS Brunner had said we were not permitted to
   go near the barbed wire of No. 4 and anybody caught speaking to the
   inmates there would be sent back to Birkenau immediately. We were
   allowed to visit prisoners of Houses 1 and 2 although No. 1, she
   hoped, would not be frequented." (Brewster, 95)

Brewster later notes that the new camps (the four houses mentioned
above) "...had been erected as a showpiece... to be open to the Red
Cross for inspection." After moving to the new camp, she and her
companions solved the mystery of No. 4, which had been reserved for
those "human guinea pigs" to be used for medical experimentation:

   "Some were sterilized, others had animal sperm implanted, many were(
   operated on without anesthetic or pain killer of any kind. German
   'doctors' performed bone and skin grafts on them and transfusion of
   incompatable blood types." (Ibid., 99)

                             Work Cited

   Brewster, Eva.  Vanished in Darkness: An Auschwitz Memoir.
   Edmonton, Alberta: NeWest Publishers Limited, 1984

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