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From: [email protected] (Matt Giwer)
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Title: Mass Murder in the Dachau Subsidiary Camp of Kaufering
> I wonder if at the Kaufering KZ’s, like at the Auschwitz-Birkenau
> satellites, people were “selected” to be killed when they could
> no longer work. If so, when and where were the killings carried
> out. There was no gas chamber at Dachau (other than possibly an
> experiential one at one time) to my knowledge. But prisoners were
> regularly shot to death there in a specific area near a brick wall.
> So if Kaufering Ha”ftlinge (prisoners) were “selected”, could they
> have been transported to Dachau and shot? Certainly it would have
> been very economically and logistically unfeasible to send them
> all the way to Birkenau to be gassed. Or were they killed by
> some means right in one of the Kaufering KZ’s themselves?
The prisoners at Kauffring Camp #4 were massacred.
The following isa translation of an article from Suddeneutsche Zeeitung,
29.11.1945; and was taken from “Concentration Camp Dachau 1933-1945”
(ISBN 3-87490-528-4), p. 221; (Plate 448 with translation.)
MASS MURDER IN THE DACHAU SUBSIDIARY CAMP OF KAUFERING
No end to the horror
Dachau Nov 29, (from our own correspondent)
The first witness, Capt. J. Barnett, described the conditions which he in
Kaufering, a subsidiary camp of Dachau, on April 30, 1945. The witness
stated: As I entered the camp, which was surrounded by a two meter high
barbed-wire fence flanked by two big watch towers, I discovered a sign on
which was written in German No entrance-typhus epidemic. The camp itself
was almost completely burned down and near the entrance I found more than
200 almost completely charred bodies. The few uncharred bodies were
emaciated skeletons, literally only consisting of skin and bones. The
opening of two large makeshift pits, carried out by a Health Officer,
revealed a huge number of corpses piled on top of one another, in five
layers. The arms and legs of many of the corpses had been broken,
apparently to force them into the pit. All life in the camp had been
extinguished. The living quarters of the prisoners holes in the earth with
a roof over them. One had to pass through a trench to enter each hole. The
contents were more than primitive. There were no beds in the living
quarters. On the floor there were wood shavings and a few dirty blankets.
I inspected the camps 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7. The latter was a work camp for
Jewish prisoners. No. 8 was empty and No, 9, near the airport, had been
blown up with the airport. During my inspection of the camp some prisoners
appeared who had fled into the woods several days before.
Counted like gold and treated like dirt.
One of them was the former Camp Clerk Dr. Fried. In the witness box he
related that he had graduated as a medical doctor in Prague. He had come
to Kaufering on Oct 6, 1944, along with 1500 other prisoners after the
Auschwitz camp had been evacuated. In the camp there were only Jewish
prisoners of all nationalities, about 2000 men and 280 women. This figure
increased to 3000 by January 1945. The sanitary conditions were absolutely
catastrophic. For 3000 prisoners there were, literally, 3 toilet
facilities, which were absolutely filthy, as many prisoners had been
suffering from dysentery. There were no washing facilities whatsoever, no
warm water, no sheets, no towels or under-wear. A prisoner零 outfit
consisted of a jacket, a shirt, a pair of trousers and clogs. These items
came for the most part from Jews who had been gassed at Auschwitz.
Nutrition was so bad that prisoners died of starvation each day. There
were only 400 bowls for 3000 prisoners, which meant that they had to eat
In addition Dr. Larson (Colonel, U.S. Army, War Crimes Team 6823 and
forensic pathologist) noted that:
“The first Kauffring Camps that Team Number 6823 investigated were located
on the east side of the Rhine, situated in and around the town of
Landsburg, Germany…. The prisoners were all underfed and poorly housed.
Barracks were deplorable. They all wore similar clothing and were
unprotected against the winter weather. They were so closely packed
together that sanitation was practically nonexistant, and consequently
they suffered from multiple diseases. They were all very poorly
1. “Crime Doctor” McCallum & Larson, ISBN 0-916076-20-2; Library of
Congress Catalog Number: 78-16403.
“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil
not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties–but
right through every human heart–and all human hearts.”
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “The Gulag Archipelago”