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Camp Kitchen

In the camp kitchen, utterly insufficient meals were prepared for the inmates. Undernourishment was the most frequent cause of death at the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp.

View from the north over the former prisoner camp, clearly visible is the camp kitchen with the chimneys.
Prisoner camp, camp kitchen (building with eight chimneys), 1945. Photo: Georges Phillips.
A large, flat stone surface can be seen in front of a late autumn forest. On the left you can see a series of wall niches.
Foundation remains of the camp kitchen, 2022. Photo: Lukas Severin Damm.

The paltry rations distributed by the orders of the SS barely ensured survival. Whoever wished to survive had to procure additional food. This usually occurred at the cost of other inmates. The bitter competition for survival among the inmates left no room for solidarity. Only a few inmates were able to use camp money to supply themselves with additional food.

Next to the camp kitchen were additional maintenance buildings, such as a food storage area and the coal shed. Today, just a few floor slabs and bits of wall remain of these structures in front of the kitchen.

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