Healthcare in Auschwitz

Introduction – Sept 23, 2019

Auschwitz was a major work camp that had forty different industries. The true reason for the existence of the Auschwitz camp is revealed in these little shown pictures of the industrial complex which surrounded the camp – most of it within full view of the interior of the camp itself.

Contrary to what Hollywood keeps telling us, Auschwitz was not a “death camp”. Although there were incidents of brutality and killing, Auschwitz was a labour camp and in this capacity it was crucial to the German war effort. That’s why, as the following reveals, the Nazis made an effort to safeguard the inmate’s health with attention to their diet, clothing and hygiene.
Nonetheless, this does not mean that there wasn’t a systematic Nazi program to eliminate all those they considered “untermensch”. There was but it did not happen at Auschwitz.
Instead, Nazi death squads the Einsatzgruppen, followed in the wake of Hitler’s armies as they advanced east into Russia and systematically slaughtered Jews, homosexuals, Gypsies and any one else who wouldn’t fit into Third Reich. It is estimated that the Einsatzgruppen killed as many as two and a half million.
Napoleon is reputed to have said that history is “but a fable agreed upon”, meaning that the winners always write the history of any war. So the location of the Holocaust was shifted because it would have faded into insignificance next to the fact that around 26 million Russians were killed during the same period.
Moving the site of the Shoah thus ensured that the pre-eminence Jewish suffering remained undiminished in the eyes of future generations.
In contrast the Nazis needed labour to maintain the war effort so killing was not the main activity in Auschwitz, work and industry were. That explains the rather sardonic sign over the entrance to Auschwitz that declared “Arbeit macht frei”, which in German means “work sets you free”.

Healthcare in Auschwitz

Meža Vilks – Renegade Tribune Sept 23, 2019

From the end of March 1942, the economic aspect of detention in National Socialist concentration camps began to prevail over the strictly “re-educative.” On March 31, 1942 SS Brigadeführer Richard Glücks, head of Amtsgruppe D – Konzentrationslager (Office Group D – Concentration camps) of newly-formed SS Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt, sent commandants of all the concentration camps a letter in which they were informed:

Auschwitz workers, no doubt forced labour, in a machine shop, not a gas chamber. Click to enlarge

“By order of the Reichsführer SS, in a number of camps work is being carried out inside these preventive detention camps on behalf of the arms industry. These works are of military importance and therefore particularly urgent. With newly-arrived inmates, I must first fill these camps; then, according to the level of urgency, the needs of other camps will be met.”

These new tasks of importance to the war required safeguarding of inmate labor. On December 15, 1942, Himmler, concerned about the high mortality of inmates in concentration camps, wrote the following letter to the head of the SS WVHA:

“Dear Pohl, re our conversation in Hegewaldheim. In 1943, seek to acquire to a maximum extent for the inmates’ sustenance raw vegetables and onions. During the vegetable season, distribute large quantities of carrots, kohlrabi, turnips and as many other similar vegetables as are available, and store a sufficient quantity for the inmates in winter, so that inmates can receive a satisfactory amount of them every day. I believe that in this way we will significantly improve [their] state of health. Heil Hitler. Yours, Himmler.”

Other measures concerned the improvement of winter clothing, the shorter duration of roll calls, the right to receive food parcels, and a cookery class in Dachau for inmate cooks.

On December 28, 1942, Himmler ordered concentration camp inmate mortality to be reduced at any cost. As a result of these measures taken by Himmler, in the first half of 1943 deaths in concentration camps dropped significantly. On October 26, 1943 SS Gruppenführer Oswald Pohl, head of the SS WVHA, issued an important directive that concerned the improvement of inmates’ living conditions. Reproduced is ‘part of’ the full text of this directive, which was sent to the commandants of 19 concentration camps, including Auschwitz:

“Within the framework of German war production, thanks to the construction work carried out during the past two years, concentration camps represent a factor of decisive strategic importance. We have created from nothing armaments factories that have no equal. Now we must act with all forces at our disposal so that the achievements realized so far are not only maintained, but furthermore steadily increased in the future.”

1) Food

I have pointed out already multiple times the need for correct and appropriate food for inmates. I remind you of the following principles: 

  1. Store vegetables and potatoes in such a way as to minimize loss of stock. First-class storage facilities. 
  2. When cleaning potatoes and vegetables, keep waste to the lowest level possible. Constantly monitor peeler teams. 
  3. Wash potatoes as briefly as possible; do not leave them in running water for hours. If soaking in water is unavoidable, keep them just covered with water, whole and not broken. Distribute boiled potatoes as far as possible in their skins.
  4. Shortly before distributing rations, mix 10-50% of all vegetables raw with the cooked food. 
  5. Stir into the food about 10% of raw grated potato. 
  6. Only throw away vegetable cooking water when it has a bad smell or taste. 
  7. Distribute vegetables alongside meals also raw as salad, or uncooked (carrots, sauerkraut). The collection of wild greens and herbs must be done with great care as before. 
  8. Do not overcook warm meals!
  9. The amount of the lunch ration should be between a liter and a quarter and a liter and a half, yet not a watery soup, but a substantial dish, rich in content.
  10. The cooks must turn their attention mainly to proper seasoning. No excessive amounts of salt, in general no more than 20-30 grams per day. The supply of spices, to the extent that they are not rationed, should be implemented vigorously. 
  11. Inmate cooks must be supervised constantly and replaced immediately in case of negligence in the service. 
  12. In contrast to cooking for soldiers, in cooking for inmates, food must be chopped and cooked together. Only workers involved in heavy labor are to receive in their hands their additional sausage ration. 
  13. All possibilities of providing additional food must be fully exploited (e.g. yeast, curd). 
  14. In the concentration camps there must be no waste food. 
  15. Hot food and drinks must be given and consumed hot. 
  16. Bread may not be ovenfresh. Where possible, distribute bread in whole loaves. 
  17. Great attention must be given to distribution of the food in equal shares. An inmate who receives food late through no fault of his own is entitled to the same amount as those who ate before him. Portions of surplus food must be distributed equally or equitably in turn. 
  18. Inmates are to be encouraged to carefully peel potatoes boiled in their skins. 
  19. The receipt of additional packages is to be encouraged. Eating and digesting well require peace and quiet. Therefore, sufficient time off when food is received. No unnecessary walking: take the food to the people, not the people to the food.

Do not burden meal breaks with other tasks. 

  1. In the kitchens, living quarters and food receptacles there must be maximum cleanliness.
  2. If a patient can recover faster with a special diet, it must be provided for him, but only in the infirmaries.

2) Clothing 

Clothing, along with hot meals, has the task of keeping the body warm and of protecting it from the common cold. This is of particular importance for inmates working outdoors. I order that in winter, where these are available, hats, coats, woolen cuffs and socks be worn. Several light garments keep one warmer than one heavy garment, so in the winter, if a coat is not available, wearing two shirts or similar must be allowed. Newspaper is an effective protection against the cold (because it keeps in the heat). Therefore, if necessary, have several layers of newspaper worn on the chest, belly and kidney area. You must give attention to procuring a sufficient amount of paper. If need be, inmates may make their own paper waistcoats. Shredded paper in socks is also a good protection against the cold. If no hat is available, allow close-fitting paper caps to be made as well. In this case, hair may be kept long as well to retain heat. I will reward suitable designs of heat-retaining clothing of any kind. 

3) Natural hygiene measures. 

In winter, care must be taken that the inmates are not subjected to hypothermia. So in the case of outdoor work, have repeated short breaks for energetic body exercise. Make use of roll calls for warming-up exercise. Hot drinks and foods promote blood circulation and warm the body from the inside. Always distribute cold food together with a hot drink. Bedding should not be allowed to cool; therefore, in unheated barracks during the day, put blankets on straw mattresses. Constantly check that straw mattresses are properly filled. You must provide an undisturbed night’s rest of at least 7 to 8 hours. Inmates who work during the day in dark areas, if possible, should be exposed during the lunch break to the light of day with a naked torso. 

4) Avoid unnecessary exertion 

Roll calls should be as short as possible; long periods of standing must be avoided. If it is cold, allow short exercises stamping the feet; if the weather is fine, have them sit [on the ground]. As far as possible organize workplaces with regard to layout and lighting so that all resources available work to the advantage of the labor process. In the future, useful and easily-achievable proposals made by the inmates in this regard will be rewarded (facilitations, cigarettes). 

Treatment of Registered Prisoners Unfit for Work

In all preserved documents on the camp population of Auschwitz from 1942 to 1945, a very high number of “Prisoners unfit for work or deployment” is consistently to be seen. The legal status of these prisoners was established by the WVHA as early as 1942. On June 24 of that year, the head of Agency DII, SS Obersturmbannführer Gerhard Maurer, sent the commandants of the concentration camps new instructions for the submission of reports on the utilization of prisoners for work. Under Point 1 it stated:

“Prisoners unfit for work or deployment. These are to be listed in the daily reports under ‘Remarks’ in the following order:

 Sick a) outpatients b) inpatients

  1. Invalids 
  2. Outpatients 
  3. Under interrogation 
  4. Released 
  5. limited fitness 
  6. Arrest 
  7. Quarantined 
  8. Admissions.

As we shall see, these categories appeared regularly in various forms in reports from the year 1944, of which a number of examples have been preserved. These are the “Summary of Number and Utilization of Prisoners in Auschwitz II Concentration Camp.” On September 22, 1942, Auschwitz Camp held 28,207 prisoners, of which 16,459 were men and 11,748 women; 5,481 (19.4%) of the inmates were “Unfit for work and not deployable.” According to a report by the camp in December 1, 1942, 22,391 prisoners were in the men’s camp, including 1,620 patients in the Auschwitz Sickbay and 4,719 patients in the Birkenau Sickbay, in all therefore 6,339 patients, or 28.3% of the inmates. For 1943, the preserved documents enable us to derive the following more complete picture of the situation.

On September 4, 1943 SS Obersturmbannführer Gerhard Maurer, head of Agency DII of the WVHA (Prisoner Deployment), wrote the following letter to Höß:

“There are at this time about 25,000 jewish prisoners in CC Auschwitz. On Aug. 25, I told SS Hauptsturmführer Schwarz that I must know the number of fully work- and deployment-capable jews, because I had in mind to transfer jews from the concentration camp in order to put them to work in the Reich in arms production. I renewed this inquiry by teletype on Aug. 26, 1943. According to the reply teletype message of Aug. 29, 1943 of the 25,000 jews in custody, only 3,581 are fit for labor. These, however, are in constant utilization in arms production and cannot be given up. What are the other 21,500 jews doing? Something here doesn’t add up! Please review this situation once more and report back to me.” 

Since the number of prisoners in Birkenau who were unfit for labor or deployment in June 1943 lay at about 34% of the total camp population, the number mentioned by Maurer was probably correct: of the 25,000 jews in Auschwitz at the end of August 1943, only about 3,581 were fit for labor, from which follows that about 21,400 were unfit for labor.

From Healthcare In Auschwitz – Medical Care and Special Treatment of Registered Inmates, Carlo Mattogno



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12 responses to “Healthcare in Auschwitz”

  1. Wow this is amazing, i do know that German guards were punished for any cruelty to the inmates. But there were ” Tustees ” these were oversers taken from the inmates,and they were very cruel, often jews homosexuals or both, anyone working against germany like communists were interned.
    My Grandad had a propaganda pamphlet that showed pics of shrunken heads, chair backs lampshades wallets and caps for SS men made out of human skin, bodies were pulped down into fat to lubricate the Berlin tram system, i used to lay awake at night as a boy so traumatised was i at seeing the photos, now of course we know it was all b ullshit
    thankyou so much for showing this.
    I wish my grandad could have known it was all lies

  2. With the jailing of British patriots Jez Turner and Alison Chabloz
    for speaking out about the holocaust nonsense,
    I look after the homeless in my area and as winter aproaches
    i heard this morning all my homeless are planning to speak abpout the holobollox in the town centre so they can go to prison and get 3 square meals a day and a warm bed for the winter

  3. Please visit and scroll down the main page to ‘Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Violence.’ Allow this cult of anything BUT so-called “skeptics” to assuage any doubts you may have about…AUSCHWITZ. To some holocaust “experts”, enforcers, and otherwise – Auschwitz was allegedly cremating up to 12,000 bodies a day. (Do the math on that!) They will also expect you to account for mass transports OUT of various camps. Who else is here is absolutely sick and tired of this alleged “burnt sacrificial offering dedicated exclusively to God?”

  4. I knew a woman was was in Auschwitz. She had a job. There was an accident that broke her pelvis. She told me the Germans sent her to the hospital, where she was treated very kindly by people who took genuine interest in her well-being. Oddly, she still believed in the holocaust!

  5. Because the jews think the battle over the gentiles is won many are now admitting that the holocaust did not happen
    They made death threats against the worlds leading expert David Irving uness he changed his tune and he had to say yes millions did go up the chimney but there is no evidence for this, and if they really were gods chosen people why did god let this happen to them ?

  6. Auschwitz camp put to death those who were not good for the work effort: babies, children, and the aged women and men, as well as the handicapped and those who were ill.

  7. One commandant was executed for slapping and stealing something from one of the prisoners. There was no Hola hoax, while many did die in prison camps though out the war, they died mostly of disease. Nothing is ever written about the Germans that died in the prisoner of war camps run by the USA and Russia. This article and hundreds more are there for you to learn the truth, but most will follow what they are told and not wish to learn. Many articles just like this one are being removed from viewing because the truth is being told and some have followed the lies are turning others to it. The internet while one of the greatest tools of the j u e s and satan their father, has come back to bite them in the arse.

  8. Total bullshit. Next you’ll be telling us that the Soviet Gulag was also a holiday camp — because that’s what comes from reading Soviet “documents”!

  9. This outrageous lie has gone on long enough,
    The true evil resides in the sick creatures who created the lie, and the low life creatures, who have taken the knee, to these creatures, keeping the lie alive ,
    The truth is surfacing , and soon it wont be safe for any of these creatures, who control and re-write history, for their Satanic gains.
    Hopefully the synagogue of Satan will be destroyed for good, along with the collaborator’s,

  10. No Churchill , no Stalin , no Roosevelt , no de Gaulle ever talked abaut the Holocaust ! Is´nt that strange ? Churchill has written thausands of Pages abaut the Time but there is no hint at all !.The Holocaust was discovered years after the War . No wonder : the first Generation of witnesses had died .
    In 1947 yewish Almanacs were talking of a yewish world Population showing 200.000
    yews more than in 1938 . That is a biological WONDER.
    In 1995 a famos yew told Police students that he and his Mother had survided in Auschwitz only because the were able to jump of a ramp just right in time for three times.
    The students found out , that he was born in 1956 !
    The yew are so amazing , it is a unique WONDER.

  11. Simone Veil , former President of the European parliment is on the DEATHLIST of AUSSHWITZ , just like famous other yews . Do These Yews have more than one life ???

  12. Prime Minister harold Macmillan who was wounded in w w 2
    was asked in Parliament when this holocaust nonsense first started
    if it was true that 6 million jews were exterminated
    his reply is on record it was
    “dont be so silly”
    A recent FOI request showed 4 and a half million jews leaving Europe for the USA before and during the war, i think this is the number they claim went into gas chanbers
    It is true thata lot of jews are now admitting the hoax in fact the Hasidics have always said its nonsense