IG Farben Industries: Background information when reading The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz

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The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz

A True Story of World War II

by Denis Avey, Rob Broomby

The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz
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    Jun 2011, 288 pages
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    Aug 2012, 288 pages

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IG Farben Industries

Auschwitz was a huge complex that covered 40 square kilometers (25 square miles) near the town of Oswiecim, Poland. It was comprised of three sections: Auschwitz I, the base camp and central office; Auschwitz II, aka Birkenau, a concentration camp and crematorium; and Auschwitz III, aka Monowitz or Monowitz-Buna, a labor camp adjacent to a factory owned by IG Farben Industries where synthetic fuel and rubber were produced.

IG Farben FactoryIG Farben Industries was a German firm formed in 1925 by the merger of six separate companies. Originally specializing in dyes, the company branched out into synthetics, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals over time. It grew along with Germany's Nazi Party, contributing heavily to it and working closely with party members throughout WWII, eventually becoming the main supplier of fuel and rubber to the Nazi war effort.

At the time IG Farben could not produce enough materials to meet demand, so in 1940 the company decided to build a new factory. They chose to ...

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