Günthergrube


In February 1944, a satellite camp was set up for Auschwitz in Günthergrube (polish Ledziny). The prisoners were used as slave workers in an existing coal mine and the expansion of coal mines. This was the only satellite camp that moved between two places during its existence. Initially, the prisoners were in a camp that had previously housed slave workers but in June 1944 the prisoners were moved to a larger camp. The majority of the prisoners were Jews from France, Holland, Poland and Hungary. Initially there were about 300 prisoners in the camp, but during the summer the number of prisoners had doubled. Between February and May, more than 100 prisoners who were too sick were sent to work back to Auschwitz. Almost twenty prisoners died in the camp itself. When the camp was evacuated in January 1945, about 600 prisoners were sent on foot to Gliwice.

Current status: Demolished with monument (2015).

Location: 50° 7' 36" N 19° 6' 49" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

A simple monument along the way that you probably just pass by without reflecting.

Follow up in books: Kogon, Eugen: The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them (2006).