Annegret Schüle (Ed.)

Internationale Wanderausstellung Industrie und Holocaust

Topf & Söhne – Die Ofenbauer von Auschwitz

Language: German, English
172 pages, softcover with (fold-in) flaps
124 illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-95565-223-4
Publication date: 2018
17.90 €

International Travelling Exhibition Industry and the Holocaust: Topf & Sons – Builders of the Auschwitz Ovens

To engineer the millions of murders they committed in the concentration and extermination camps, the SS needed civilian experts. Of all those involved, the J. A. Topf & Sons Company of Erfurt played a leading role. Its incineration ovens made the disposal of the corpses quick and inexpensive, and its ventilation technology optimized the killing operations in the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers. Key documents on the Holocaust from Auschwitz, Moscow and the Topf & Sons company archive are the focus of this volume edited by Annegret Schüle on behalf of the City of Erfurt, State Capital of Thuringia, to accompany the international travelling exhibition of Topf & Sons – Builders of the Auschwitz Ovens Place of Remembrance. Developed in cooperation with the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation, the exhibition opened in the former laundry barrack of the main camp at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in 2017.

About the International Travelling Exhibition

Annegret Schüle

geboren 1959 in Neckarsulm, erforscht seit 2002 die Geschichte der Firma J. A. Topf & Söhne. Sie leitet den Erinnerungsort Topf & Söhne auf dem ehemaligen Firmengelände und veröffentlichte die Monographie Industrie und Holocaust. Topf & Söhne – Die Ofenbauer von Auschwitz, mit der sie an der Universität Erfurt habilitierte.


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