- An enlarged detail of an aerial reconnaissance photograph of the Auschwitz concentration camp showing the I.G. Farben Buna complex.
1944 May 31
- Auschwitz, [Upper Silesia] Poland
- Variant Locale
- Photo Credit
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
- Event History
- One of a series of aerial photographs taken by Allied reconnaissance units under the command of the 15th U.S. Army Air Force during missions dating between April 4, 1944 and January 14, 1945. The photos were used to plan bombing raids, determine the accuracy of bombing sorties, or make damage assessments. A typical sortie employed two cameras equipped with lenses of different focal lengths.
After the war the Auschwitz reconnaissance photographs were stored in the archives of the Defense Intelligence Agency (Washington, D.C.) until they were rediscovered in 1978 by two CIA photo analysts, Dino Brugioni and Robert Poirer. The photographs were later declassified and transferred to the National Archives, where they became RG 373. A selection of images were enlarged and annotated with identifying labels by the CIA in 1978.
See Also https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005189.
See Also "Auschwitz Main Camp" in Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, Volume 1 Part A.