Kokoszki

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Kokoszki (German: Kokoschken) is one of the neighbourhoods of the city of Gdańsk, Poland. During the Second World War Kokoszki was a location of two German concentration camps: Danzig-Burggraben and Kokoschken, which were SS sub-camps (Außenlagers) of the concentration and extermination camp KL Stutthof located 34 kilometres (21 mi) east of Gdańsk.

Camp Gdańsk-Kokoszki operated from September 13, 1944 with prisoners from Poland, France, Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany and Hungary, mostly of Jewish origin. The first transport brought about 500 women. Within several weeks the number grew to 1,600. In the winter of 1945 the Poles imprisoned by the Gestapo office in Gdańsk were sent in. The prisoners were kept in POW barracks from where they were transported every day by train to the Schichau-Werke shipyard, to work two 12-hour shifts building submarines and anti-raid shelters.[1] The prisoners received rations of half-a-litre of watery soup and 250 grams of bread per day; not enough to sustain their ability to work. There was no proper clothes in winter. People died in great numbers as a result of epidemics, workplace accidents, and beatings by the guards. Archival material indicate that such treatment was common already at the end of 1944. Dead bodies were burned in a crematorium but also buried in mass graves at the cemetery in Zaspa.[1]

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Coordinates: 54°21′15″N 18°29′29″E / 54.354136°N 18.491489°E / 54.354136; 18.491489