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Ruins of the gas chamber and crematorium III in Auschwitz-Birkenau. On October 7, 1944, the Jewish "Sonderkommando" at Auschwitz - the special detail of Jewish prisoners forced to pull the dead out of the gas chambers - killed several SS guards with self-made weapons and set fire to the gas chamber. The uprising was brutally suppressed and all participants killed - but the gas chamber was destroyed and not put back into operation. In 1943, revolts also took place in the extermination camps of Treblinka and Sobibor.