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Prisoners in the Aufräumungskommando (order commandos) sort through a mound of personal belongings confiscated from the arriving transport of Jews from Subcarpathian Rus.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 77384

Prisoners in the Aufräumungskommando (order commandos) sort through a mound of personal belongings confiscated from the arriving transport of Jews from Subcarpathian Rus.

The camp prisoners came to refer to the looted property as "Canada," associating it with the riches symbolized by Canada. The members of this commando were almost exclusively Jews. "Canada" storage facilities occupied several dozen barracks and other buildings around the camp. The looted property was funneled from Auschwitz through an extensive distribution network that served many individuals and various economic branches of the Third Reich.

Photographer
Bernhardt Walter/Ernst Hofmann
Date
May 1944
Variant Locale
Brzezinka
Birkenau
Auschwitz III
Monowitz
Auschwitz II
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Yad Vashem (Public Domain)
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Record last modified: 2006-09-27 00:00:00
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