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Prisoners in the Aufräumungskommando (order commandos) unload the confiscated property of a transport of Jews from Subcarpathian Rus at a warehouse in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 77401

Prisoners in the Aufräumungskommando (order commandos) unload the confiscated property of a transport of Jews from Subcarpathian Rus at a warehouse in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Matyi (later Martin Kuban) Klein is pictured in the center. Originally from Secovice, Czechoslovakia, Klein was reponsible for the horse and wagons used to transport prisoner belongings. According to his family, he transported dynamite hidden in the axel of one of the wagons prior to the Auschwitz uprising.

The camp prisoners came to refer to the looted property as "Kanada," associating it with the riches symbolized by Kanada. The members of this commando were almost exclusively Jews. "Kanada" 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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