Lagischa


In September 1943, a satellite camp was set up for Auschwitz outside Bedzin, north of Katowice. The purpose of the camp was to provide a German industrial company with manpower to build a power plant in Lagischa. The prisoners were housed in a labor camp next to the power plant and consisted of several barracks. Their tasks included building a railway to the power plant, demolishing existing buildings, digging ditches, unloading building materials and equipment. The commander of the camp was SS-Unterscharführer Horst Czerwinski who, according to testimony, did not hesitate to arbitrarily kill prisoners. Czerwinski had about thirty unofficers to help him. In 1944, there were more than 700 prisoners in the camp. At the end of September 1944, the construction of the power plant ceased and the camp was dismantled and the prisoners were moved to other satellite camps or back to Auschwitz.

Current status: Demolished with monument (2015).

Location: 50°20'56.73" N 19°08'12.42" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

There is nothing left of the prison camp itself, but the power plant still exists in 2015.

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