The Holocaust Revisited: A Retrospective Analysis of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Extermination Complex


World War II aerial photography, use of,
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The Holocaust Revisited
vents used to insert the Zykton-B gas crystals." A large pit can be seen behind both Gas Chambers and Crematoria I and 11; it is probable that these were the pits used in summer 1944 for the open cremation of bodies which could not be handled in the crematoria. Measurement of Gas Chambers I and II by NPIC photogrammetrists provided construction data on the crematoria not available from the architectural plans.
Numerous sources speak of the well-kept lands and landscaping around the crematoria; some described the buildings as "lodge-like," "industrial looking," or having a "bakery-like" appearance. These descriptions are borne out by the imagery of 25 August 1944 in which a park-like rectangle is visible. In the imagery of 13 September 1944 landscaping is visible around all four extermination facilities. Although survivors recalled that smoke and flame emanated continually from the crematoria chimneys and was visible for miles, the photography we examined gave no positive proof of this."'
" ibid.
' The imagery examined from records of the extermination period include 4 April, 26 June, 26 July, 25 August, and 13 September 1944.

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