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SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Bischoff
January 29th, 1943

[Script] SS Second Lieutenant (Specialist) Kirschnick! [Transcription note: The names Kirschnick and Kirschneck are as they appear on the document. knm]


29th January 1943

Subject: Krematorium II. State of construction
Reference: SS-WVHA telegram 2648 of 28/1/43
Enclosure: 1 Inspection Report

Head of Amtsgruppen C
SS Lieutenant-General and Waffen SS Major-General
Dr. Ing [Engineer] Kammler

Berlin Lichterfelde West
Under den Eichen 126-135

Krematorium II has been completed but for minor details, thanks to employing all available forces, despite enormous difficulties and freezing weather, using day and night shifts.  The furnaces have been lit in the presence of Herr Chief Engineer Prufer of the firm responsible for their construction, Topf & Sons of Erfurt, and they function perfectly.  Because of the frost, it has not yet been possible to remove the formwork from the ceiling of the corpse cellar.  This is of no consequence, however, as the gassing cellar can be used to this end.

Because the wagons are blocked, Messrs Topf & Sons have not been able to deliver on time the ventilation and air extraction installations as requested by the Bauleitung.  These will be fitted as soon as they arrive, so that it is probable that the installation will be entirely ready for service on 20th February 1943.

Please find enclosed a report by the inspecting engineer of Topf & Sons, Erfurt.

Head of the Auschwitz Waffen SS and Police
Central Construction Management

[signed] Bischoff
SS Captain

1 SS Second Lieutenants Janisch and Kirschneck

For Archives
[signed] Pollok
SS Second Lieutenant (S)

(Pressac, Jean Claude; "Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers; The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation, NY, 1989; pg.211)

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