Date of Award

Summer 1984

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Darwin Bostick

Committee Member

Patrick J. Rollins

Committee Member

Carl Boyd


This study examines the history of the petrochemical plant and concentration camp run by I.G. Farbenindustrie (the dominant German chemical company during World War II) at Auschwitz to decide upon the degree of Farben’s involvement with Hitler and the Holocaust. The study traces the construction of the plant to determine Farben's participation at Auschwitz. The main sources consulted were the transcripts of the postwar Farben trial at Nuremberg along with eyewitness accounts of members of the prosecution staff. Based on the court's verdict, one might conclude that I.G. Farben operated in a state of coercion during the war and could not be held accountable for most of its actions. The history of the Auschwitz plant indicates, however, that I.G. Farben had some involvement in the extermination process.


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