Rajsko


About a kilometer south of Auschwitz, a satellite camp was established in June 1943 to Auschwitz on a small farm. About 300 female prisoners worked with traditional gardening, vegetable cultivation and development of rubber plants for use in industry. Several of the prisoners had been selected with care because they had previous experience or training that made them suitable for work. The camp consisted of five barracks, two for prisoners and three for work and several greenhouses. The commander of the camp was SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Joachim Caesar. 

The living conditions in Rajsko were significantly better compared to the main camp, access to food, heated barracks, beds with bedding, access to hot water and clean clothes. On the other hand, the prisoners were under constant supervision and the slightest suspicion, for example, that theft could lead to harsh punishment or transfer back to the main camp. Rajsko was also a place where SS officers and their families could come and buy groceries. The camp was evacuated in mid-January 1945 and the prisoners were sent west.

Current status: Partly preserved/demolished (2015).

Location: 50°01'03.9"N 19°11'30.5"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The farm still exists but there is no monument. Among the greenhouses there are still camp poles left and some ruins of various buildings.

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