LABOUR AS A METHOD OF EXTERMINATION

         

The meaning of labour assignment was total extermination. Apart from very few already existing buildings, Auschwitz concentration camp and a good part of the surrounding industry plants were erected by the prisoners themselves.

    

There were diverse forms of work for the inmates:

Generally, the education or profession of a prisoner did not influence the allocation in one or another labour assignment.

It was an aim of the SS to "break" the prisoners by imposing a lethal tempo, thus preparing an excruciating and most painful death.