Memorial opens at site of Auschwitz oven builders

Hitler's men dreamed up horrors of the Holocaust, but without support of German engineers, they'd never have succeeded in murdering millions.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 26, 2011 16:08
Ash containers and clothing at ovens exhibit

Auschwitz ovens exhibit 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

 
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Germany — A memorial site and educational center to open this week on International Holocaust Remembrance Day documents the role played by a German maker of crematoria in the mass execution of Europe's Jews and others.

Hitler's top men dreamed up the horrors of the Holocaust, but without the support of German engineers and industrialists like Topf & Sons, they would never have succeeded in murdering millions.

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Through technology developed and products built in the Topf & Sons factories, Auschwitz was equipped with four crematoria that resembled factories where as many as 8,000 corpses could be burned in a day.

The new memorial site was designed to use original documents and artifacts to show the production of the Auschwitz ovens. The exhibit is opens Thursday.

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