section of Auschwitz-Birkenau where the belongings of those deported to the camp were sorted and stored in preparation for being shipped to Germany.

Rudolf Vrba who worked in Canada described mountains of trunks, of blankets, of pots and pans, of clothing and hundreds of prams. He reflects that these stolen items were destined to be sent to a blockaded Germany to boost the morale of civilians.

Prisoners who were assigned to Canada could forage food from the booty and were allowed to wear regular civilian clothes.

Sources: Gilbert, The Holocaust; Vrba, Escape from Auschwitz at 158-59, 165-66.

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