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Documents Concerning Auschwitz Guards Found at a Nearby House
In this picture publicly provided by the Auschwitz Memorial Museum on Monday March 22, 2010 a food coupon dated Feb. 2, 1944 is pictured. Food coupons for some of the notorious Nazi doctors at the Auschwitz death camp- including perhaps the sadistic Dr. Joseph Mengele - have been found in the attic of a nearby house, where they had lain unseen for decades. A February 1944 coupon for 0.28 kilograms of butter is made out for a Dr. Mergerle. There was no SS doctor by that name at camp, so the museum believes a clerk misspelled Mengele's name. Doctors and pharmacists at the camp conducted pseudo-medical experiments on the inmates and helped select Jews arriving at the camp for either labor or death. Mengele escaped after World War II and evaded capture for the rest of his life. AP Photo/HO/ Auschwitz Memorial Museum.
WARSAW (AP).- The Auschwitz memorial says that documents related to the daily life of the death camp's commanders and guards have been found at a nearby house.

Museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki said Monday that historians have checked through documents such as food coupons, a map and death certificates, and they have more to look through.

The documents — more than 200 in total — were found recently in the attic of a house being renovated in the southern town of Oswiecim, where the Nazis built the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

Between 1940 and 1945 more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed in the gas chambers there or died of starvation or disease while forced to perform hard labor at the camp.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Auschwitz Memorial | Pawel Sawicki | Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp |

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