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The Extermination Factory - Auschwitz The extermination plant with the most advanced design anywhere in the world consisted of two large crematoriagas chambers and two smaller ones Crematoria Four and Five were built on the surface of the ground Crematoria Two and Three had subterranean gas chambers and reception areas They were about 102 meters long by 51 meters across The basement consisted of two main rooms - the undressing area which also served as a mortuary and a gas chamber Victims climbed down the steps into the basement Those who could not walk were pushed down a concrete slide The gas chamber about 225 square meters looked like a large communal bathroom with shower heads The Zyklon B gas crystals were inserted through openings into the hollow pillars made of sheet metal They were perforated at regular intervals and inside them a spiral ran from top to bottom in order to ensure as even a distribution of the granular crystals as possible Mounted on the ceiling was a large number of dummy showers made of metal The largest room in the factory the changing chambers accommodated 1000 people Notices throughout the room contributed to a cunning and clumsy deception - telling victims they were in disinfection rooms urging cleanliness reminding them to remember their clothing hook number39 The extermination plant contained a hair-drying loft run by fifteen Orthodox Jews Spread over the floor noticed Muller from the extermination staff was womens hair of every color Washing lines were strung across the room Pegged on these lines like wet washing were further batches of hair which had first been washed in a solution of ammonium chloride When the hair was nearly dry it was spread on the warm floor to finish off Finally it was combed out by prisoners and put into paper bags40 The SS set up a gold-melting room in the plant There
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