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Death-camp plans go on display

ARCHITECTURAL plans for the Nazi death camp Auschwitz that were discovered in Berlin last year go on public display in the German capital today.

The Axel Springer Verlag publishing company said yesterday it felt a "duty" to put on display some of the 28 sketches that turned up in an apartment last November and ended up in the firm's possession.

The documents, drawn on a scale of 1:100, show details for expanding the camp that include a crematorium and a gas chamber.

They are dated between 1941 and 1943, and have been authenticated by Germany's federal archive, the Bild newspaper, which is also owned by Axel Springer, reported.

Other original plans for Auschwitz exist, but these are the first that are in Germany's possession, Bild reported.

"For the professional historian, these documents bring an addition or two to their research; for the layman, they show how systematically the Nazi criminals went about murdering the European Jews," said Kai Diekmann, editor-in-chief of Bild.

The plans will be on display from today to February 27 at the publishing company's office in Berlin's Kreuzberg district.

Following the exhibit, the company plans to pass the documents on for permanent display to a museum or an archive, but has not yet decided where.


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