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At Auschwitz two large crematories were built in the winter of 1942-43 and they were put into service the spring of 1943. they could cremate two thousand bodies in a twenty four hour period. Both had underground undressing rooms and underground gas chambers. Auschwitz also had two smaller crematories that could burn 1,500 bodies in 24 hours. Due to construction flaws the two smaller ones were prone to breakdowns. Most of the dead from the Gas chambers were burned in pits behind a Crematory(7 ).

Himmler told Felix Kersten that he had been summoned to Hitler's field office he was told that he was to undertake the extermination of European Jewry. Himmler also said that he urged the Madagascar project and that he protested to Hitler, but in vain (8 ).

Himmler said "The Jews are the eternal enemies of the German people and must be exterminated. All the Jews within our reach must be annihilated during this war. If we do not succeed in destroying the biological foundation of Jewry now, then one day the Jews will destroy the German people." (9 ).

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CREMATORIUMS, BODY DISPOSAL, Auschwitz, crematories, cremate, gas chambers, burned in pits, Felix Kersten, Jewry, extermination, Hitler, Himmler, Jews, German people