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November 19, 2010

Proof of the Nazi gas chambers given at the Nuremberg IMT on Nov. 29, 1945

The proceedings against the German war criminals of World War II started on November 20, 1945 in the city of Nürnberg, Germany.  This year, the German people are celebrating the 65th anniversary of “the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal” and a new Museum will be open in the court building.

On the 9th day of testimony given by the Allies against the Germans, the American prosecution team presented the most incriminating evidence of all against the Germans: a film which showed the gas chamber at Dachau.

The film footage of the Dachau gas chamber was just a small part of an hour-long movie that started with the burning of concentration camp prisoners in a barn at Gardelegen and covered all the major Nazi atrocities including the lamp shades made out of human skin at Buchenwald and the emaciated bodies of typhus victims being pushed by a bulldozer into mass graves at Bergen-Belsen.

The film footage entitled Atrocities at Dachau, Story RG-60.0843, Tape 828 was made on May 3, 1945.  The film shows the two black objects between the control wheels in the center of the black and white photo below but the movie camera did not pan down to include the peep hole which can be seen in the photo. The rectangular box, located above the peephole in the black and white photo below, is clearly shown in the film and it appears to be a panel with push buttons.

The film shows the Dachau gas chamber, and the “engineer’s room” behind it, while the narrator explains how the victims were gassed. Large pipes and control wheels, located behind the west wall of the gas chamber, are shown as the narrator says:  “A man at the controls let in the poison gas.”

The photo below, which was taken in 1945 shortly after the Dachau camp was liberated, shows the pipes and control wheels behind the west wall of the gas chamber.

“Engineer’s room” with control wheels and peephole behind west wall of gas chamber Photo Credit: USHMM, courtesy of William and Dorothy McLaughlin Copyright: USHMM

In the center of the photo above is a rectangular panel with push buttons, which is approximately at shoulder level for a man six feet tall.  To the left of the push buttons is a switch box with a handle that can be thrown to let something “Ein” or “Aus” which in English means On or Off.

Just below the push button panel is a small round peephole with its cover lifted up.  Why is the peephole so low on the wall?  Those SS guys were 6 ft. 5 and would have had to bend down to check out the victims in the gas chamber.  The placement of the peep hole suggests that it was not there when the switch box and the push button box were installed, but was added later and the only space available was a spot that was too low.

On the far left and on the right in the photo above are the wheels that an operator allegedly turned, to let the gas flow into the chamber through three pipes above the ceiling. All of the shower heads have been stolen from the Dachau gas chamber, and it can now be seen that the shower heads were not connected to any pipes, either water pipes or gas pipes.

So if the shower room at Dachau could not have been used for showers, nor for gassing, what was the purpose of the room?  The room was completed in May 1943, and apparently not used for any purpose, yet the room was kept, along with an undressing room and a waiting room, so that the American liberators could find evidence that Jews were gassed in the concentration camps.

In the film, a closeup of the panel in the center of the photo above shows that it has four push buttons. The narrator of the film explains that the buttons were used to “control inflow and outtake of gas.” There are four sets of lights in the gas chamber, two sets on the south wall and two sets on the north wall.  The push buttons might actually have been used to turn the lights on and off. However, in the film shown at Nuremberg, which was made by the American Army on May 3, 1945, four of the light fixture boxes are called “top vents” through which the poison gas was vented out of the room.

A display in the undressing room in May 2007 informed visitors that the push buttons were stolen after the camp was liberated. The area behind the west wall of the gas chamber, which is shown in the photo above, is off limits to visitors now.

An empty light fixture box that was called a “top vent” in the film shown at the Nuremberg IMT

One of the “top vents,” which was featured in the film at Nuremberg, is shown in the photo above, taken in May 2003. This empty light fixture box is called a “gas vent” in the film that was shot by Hollywood director George Stevens on May 3, 1945 and shown at the Nuremberg IMT on November 29, 1945.

A light fixture box in the Dachau shower room

The photo above, taken in May 2007, shows one of the remaining light fixtures in the alleged gas chamber. The light fixture box is flush against the ceiling.  Notice the very sloppy construction job.  Who puts a light fixture flush against the ceiling?  Could the ceiling have been lowered from 10 ft. down to the present height after the room was originally constructed?  The two rooms on either side of the alleged gas chamber have 10 ft. ceilings.

In the film that was shown at the Nuremberg IMT on November 29, 1945, a US soldier can be seen opening the heavy steel door that separates the undressing room from the alleged gas chamber. In the film, the first thing we see, on the wall opposite the door, are two “gas vents,” one of which is shown in my color photo above. Then we see a “gas nozzle” which looks like a shower head stuck into the concrete ceiling with no visible pipes.

I took this photo of the last remaining shower head in the Dachau shower room in May 2001

Heating vent near the floor in the southwest corner of the Dachau shower room

The photo above shows a large square vent located just above the floor on the west wall of the Dachau shower room. This vent is shown in the film, as the narrator says that it is a “gas vent.”  Today, tour guides at Dachau tell visitors that this is a heating vent, used to warm up the Zykon-B, which needs to be heated in order to release the poison.

The film also shows an unopened can of Zyklon-B pellets which is called “cyanide powder” by the narrator. The Americans should have opened up that can of Zyklon-B.  They would have seen that the gas was in the form of pellets, not powder, and it could not have gone through the shower heads.  They should have done some research to learn that the Zyklon-B pellets needed to be heated.  They should have mentioned in the film that the heating vent on the west wall was used to heat the Zyklon-B pellets, which is what tourists today are told.

Now the tour guides at Dachau tell visitors that the poison pellets “could have been” put through the two small windows on the east wall of the alleged gas chamber.  Sure, the Zyklon-B  pellets “could have been” thrown into the room through the two little windows if those windows had been there between May 1943 and May 1945.

Two vents on the east wall of the Dachau shower room

The Nuremberg film shows a sign on the wall of the morgue that reads “Reinlichkeit is hier Pflight deshalb Hände waschen nicht vergessen.” In English, this means “Cleanliness is a duty here, therefore don’t forget to wash your hands.” This sign has now been painted over.

The film footage that is available on the USHMM web site is raw footage with no sound, but the transcript of the narration about the gas chamber in the finished movie is quoted below:

This is the Brausebad — the shower bath. Inside the shower bath — the gas vents. On the ceiling — the dummy shower heads. In the engineers room — the intake and outlet pipes. Push buttons to control inflow and outtake of gas. A hand-valve to regulate pressure. Cyanide powder was used to generate the lethal smoke. From the gas chamber, the bodies were removed to the crematory.

A delegation of US Congressmen flew to Paris on April 22, 1945, at General Eisenhower’s request.  Remember that Eisenhower famously said that some day people might believe that it was all propaganda.  So Eisenhower wanted to make sure that there were plenty of witnesses to the Nazi atrocities.

The Congressmen visited the Buchenwald concentration camp on April 24, 1945, two weeks after the camp was liberated on April 11th. The Congressmen arrived in Dachau on May 1, 1945, the same day that newsreels were first released in American theaters, showing the Nazi atrocities at Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen. Dachau had been liberated on April 29, 1945, just two days before the Congressmen arrived.

So what did the Congressmen do on May 1st, their first day at Dachau?  Did they relax in a nice hotel in the town of Dachau?  Or did they go directly to the Dachau camp and look around?  Were the Congressmen anxious to see the alleged gas chamber or did they hang around for two days in the town, before checking out the gas chamber?

Zieglerbrau  Brewery and Inn in the town of Dachau

Photo of the congressmen in the Dachau gas chamber

The old black and white photo above was taken on May 3, 1945.  The photo below, which shows the same view of the Dachau gas chamber, was taken in May 2001.  Notice the sign that says, in 5 languages, that the gas chamber was never used.  That sign was removed in 2003 and visitors are now told that the gas chamber was used, although not for “mass gassing.”

Dachau “gas chamber” May 2001

In the old black and white photo, the second Congressman from the right is pointing towards the northeast corner of the gas chamber, where there is a square vent in the ceiling and one of the “gas vents” shown in the movie of the gas chamber, taken on May 3, 1945.

The Congressman seems to be pointing to the “gas vent” in a light fixture box in the northeast corner, while ignoring the large opening on the wall near the floor.  How could the Congressmen have missed seeing the small windows that are on the wall of the shower room today?  Maybe the Congressmen didn’t see the windows on the east wall because they weren’t there in May 1945!

The northeast corner of the Dachau shower room

In their report, the Congressmen wrote:

“A distinguishing feature of the Dachau Camp was the gas chamber for the execution of prisoners and the somewhat elaborate facilities for execution by shooting. The gas chamber was located in the center of a large room in the crematory building. It was built of concrete. Its dimensions were about 20 by 20 feet, and the ceiling was some 10 feet in height. In two opposite walls of the chamber were airtight doors through which condemned prisoners could be taken into the chamber for execution and removed after execution. The supply of gas into the chamber was controlled by means of two valves on one of the outer walls, and beneath the valves was a small glass-covered peephole through which the operator could watch the victims die. The gas was let into the chamber through pipes terminating in perforated brass fixtures set into the ceiling. The chamber was of a size sufficient to execute probably a hundred men at one time.”

In their report, the Congressmen described the ceiling of the Dachau gas chamber as being 10 feet high and pointed out that “The gas was let into the chamber through pipes terminating in perforated brass fixtures set into the ceiling.” The one remaining shower head, which I saw in 2001, was made of sheet metal. The ceiling of the alleged gas chamber is now much lower.  The empty holes for the shower heads show that the shower heads had not been connected to any pipes.  So where are the “pipes terminating in perforated brass fixtures” which the Congressmen reported?  Are the pipes still hanging from the 10 ft. ceiling that is now hidden by a new ceiling that was constructed by the American liberators in May 1945?

Did the Dachau shower room originally have shower heads hanging from pipes on the ceiling like the pipes shown in the photo below, before some re-construction was done by the American liberators?  The photo was taken at the Mauthausen concentration camp; it shows a real water pipe entering the room through the wall.

A shower head hanging from pipes on the ceiling

Why doesn’t the Congressional Report match the photo of the Congressmen inside the gas chamber on May 3, 1945?  Did the Congressmen go to the alleged gas chamber on May 1st and write their report immediately? The film that was shown at Nuremberg was taken two days later; was there some construction done in the two days before the film was shot?

The peephole in the alleged gas chamber presents a problem.  If the room was actually a shower room, why was a peephole necessary?  The Congressmen, who were filmed inside the alleged gas chamber on May 3, 1945, mentioned the peephole in their report.  However, if they had previously seen the alleged gas chamber on May 1st, before any modification of the shower room was done, would they have seen a peephole?  Yes. It is possible that re-construction on the shower room had started on April 30, 1945.

Peephole and water faucet on the west wall of the Dachau shower room

Notice that the frames around the two openings do not match. This is an indication that the two frames were not installed at the same time.  The tiles around the peephole do not match the rest of the tiles on the wall.

The photo below shows a closeup of the peephole.

Close-up of the peephole in the Dachau shower room

Why is the peephole so large?  On the other side of the wall, the peephole has a tiny, round metal frame.  Did the Americans have trouble making a tiny hole in the tile on the other side of the wall?

The photo below, taken after the camp was liberated, shows that the peep hole is too low on the wall.  On the right side of the photo, you can see several wooden coffins, stacked up.

The only known photo of the Dachau gas chamber in 1945

The Congressmen’s report is entitled Document No. 47 of the 79th Congress, 1st Session, Senate Report (May 15, 1945) of the Committee Requested by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Congress of the U.S. relative to Atrocities and other Conditions in Concentration Camps in Germany. This document was entered into the Nuremberg trial proceedings as IMT Document L-159.

I don’t know if the Congressmen’s report will be in the new Museum at Nuremberg, but it should be.  Another document that should be in the new Museum is the Report of the Atrocities Committed at Dachau Concentration Camp, signed by Col. David Chavez, Jr., JAGD, 7 May 1945.

The Chavez report, which was entered into the Nuremberg IMT, is quoted below:

“The new building had a gas chamber for executions… the gas chamber was labeled “shower room” over the entrance and was a large room with airtight doors and double glassed lights, sealed and gas proof. The ceiling was studded with dummy shower heads. A small observation peephole, double glassed and hermetically sealed was used to observe the conditions of the victims. There were grates in the floor. Hydrogen cyanide was mixed in the room below, and rose into the gas chamber and out the top vents.”

The “grates in the floor” are drains that are connected to the sewer line.  According to the Chavez report, the poison gas rose up through the floor drains and was then vented through the light fixture boxes.  But why was the gas vented through the light fixture boxes when there was a vent on the ceiling in the northeast corner?  (Look at the photo above which shows the northeast corner.)  The Chavez report seems to be suggesting that there was no ceiling vent for the gas.  Was the ceiling vent put there a few days AFTER the American liberators arrived?  Is that why the shower heads are randomly placed on the ceiling instead of being in three identical rows?

An affidavit, given by Dr. Franz Blaha, a prisoner at Dachau, to Col. David Chavez on 3 May 1945, was also entered into the proceedings of the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal. Except for the film of the Dachau gas chamber that was shown at Nuremberg on November 29, 1945, Dr. Blaha’s affidavit was the only evidence presented at Nuremberg which proved that prisoners had been gassed at Dachau.

The affidavit by Dr. Franciszek Blaha, a Czech Communist inmate at Dachau, which was introduced at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, is quoted below:

Nuremberg Trial Proceedings Vol. 5
THIRTY-SECOND DAY
Friday, 11 January 1946

“12. Many executions by gas or shooting or injections took place right in the camp. The gas chamber was completed in 1944, and I was called by Dr. Rascher to examine the first victims. Of the eight or nine persons in the chamber there were three still alive, and the remainder appeared to be dead. Their eyes were red, and their faces were swollen. Many prisoners were later killed in this way. Afterwards they were removed to the crematorium where I had to examine their teeth for gold. Teeth containing gold were extracted. Many prisoners who were sick were killed by injections while in the hospital. Some prisoners killed in the hospital came through to the autopsy room with no name or number on the tag which was usually tied to their big toe. Instead the tag said ‘Do not dissect’. I performed autopsies on some of these and found that they were perfectly healthy but had died from injections. Sometimes prisoners were killed only because they had dysentery or vomited and gave the nurses too much trouble. Mental patients were liquidated by being led to the gas chamber and injected there or shot. Shooting was a common method of execution. Prisoners could be shot just outside the crematorium and carried in. I have seen people pushed into the ovens while they were still breathing and making sounds, although if they were too much alive they were usually hit on the head first. “

Note that Dr. Blaha said that the gas chamber was completed in 1944.  The building where the alleged gas chamber is located was completed in May 1943. Was the shower room converted into a gas chamber in 1944?  Did the Nazis really allow a Communist prisoner to examine the bodies of prisoners who had been gassed, so that he could testify against them in the event that they lost the war?  Why didn’t the SS men at Dachau keep the gassing a secret and blow up the gas chamber building before they left on April 28th, the day before the camp was liberated?

Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen was a defense witness for the SS at the Nuremberg IMT. The SS had been charged with being a criminal organization.  Dr. Morgen testified that Dr. Blaha, who was a prisoner at Dachau, could not have seen what he claimed to have seen because prisoners were not allowed in all parts of the camp.

Dr. Morgen was a Nazi judge who had been appointed by Heinrich Himmler to inspect the concentration camps to determine if there was any corruption or abuse of the prisoners.  He had 5 of the concentration camp Commandants arrested and two of them were executed.  Yet, Dr. Morgen gave the Dachau camp a good report.

How come Dr. Morgen didn’t find out about the gas chamber at Dachau?  Dr. Morgen DID testify at the Nuremberg IMT that there was a gas chamber at the Auschwitz III camp but the SS was not responsible for it.  He didn’t do anything about the alleged gas chamber at Auschwitz III (Monowitz) because it had allegedly been ordered personally by Hitler.

You can read about the “human soap” evidence presented by the Soviet Union at the Nuremberg IMT here.

What about entering false evidence into the proceedings of a Tribunal?  Is that a crime?

24 Comments »

  1. […] The fact that prisoners from Dachau were sent to Hartheim to be gassed indicates that there was no homicidal gas chamber at Dachau — until the shower room was converted into a gas chamber by the Americans who liberated Dachau.  I blogged about the Dachau gas chamber film that was shown at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/proof-of-the-nazi-gas-chambers-given-at-the-nuremberg-i… […]

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  2. […] I wrote about the newly constructed gas chamber at Dachau that was shown shown in a film at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/proof-of-the-nazi-gas-chambers-given-at-the-nuremberg-i… […]

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  3. […] The horror films of the Allied liberation of the Nazi concentration camps at Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald and Dachau were shown at the trial, to the defendants and to the public. An American-made documentary film, which showed all the graphic details of the gas pipes and control wheels which regulated the flow of poison gas through the shower heads of the Dachau gas chamber was shown in the courtroom on November 29, 1945.  I blogged about the Dachau gas chamber film at http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/proof-of-the-nazi-gas-chambers-given-at-the-nuremberg-i… […]

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  4. […] I wrote about how the American liberators of Dachau made a film on May 3, 1945, which showed the gas chamber which they had just constructed. This film was shown during the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal as proof that there was a gas chamber at Dachau.  You can read about it on one of my previous blog posts here. […]

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  5. [...] report on the Dachau gas chamber.  I previously blogged about the Congressmen and their report here.  The Congressmen had arrived at Dachau on May 1, 1945 and had perhaps written their report before [...]

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  6. How could people be gassed in an “unfinished gas chamber”? The classical Dachau narrative claimed for decades that the alleged gas chamber at Dachau was not used because it was never finished. Now we are said that there were small gassings in this room. If they lied during 40 years claiming the “gas chamber” at Dachau was never finished, why would they now tell the truth claiming it was used for small gassings?

    It’s funny to see Holocaust believers speak about the killing of jews at Dachau. Do they know that Dachau was even not a camp for jews? According to the anti-revisionist historian Paul Berben there were only 100 jews out of about 45,000 inmates at Dachau when the camp was liberated (numbers based on an American census).

    If there was a homicidal gas chamber at Dachau, it would destroy the classical Holocaust narrative. Who can anyone believe that the Nazis had sophisticated gas chambers (with valves, pipes, etc.) for rare small gassings at Dachau and ridiculously simple and unefficient gas chambers (a guy climbing on a roof and pouring Zyklon B pellets through a hole on a cold ground) for regular mass gassings at Auschwitz and Majdanek?

    Comment by hermie — December 8, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    • The information told to tourists about the Dachau gas chamber is controlled by the International Committee of Dachau, an organization that was formed in the camp before Dachau was liberated. This Committee is still in existence, based in Belgium. The German people have no control over their own history; Germany is an occupied country and the Germans must agree to everything that they are ordered to do. That is why the information about the Dachau gas chamber was changed a few years ago.

      As for the number of Jews at Dachau, there were 2,539 Jews at Dachau when the camp was liberated. Most of them were Jews that had been in the sub-camps of Dachau; they were brought to the main camp shortly before the camp was liberated.

      Two days before Dachau was liberated, there were 6,887 prisoners marched out of Dachau, half of whom were Jews. These prisoners were marched out of the camp because they were considered to be dangerous if set free by the allied liberators.

      When Dachau was liberated, the largest national group in the main Dachau camp was the Polish prisoners, followed by Russians, French, Yugoslavs, Germans, Jews and Czechs, according to the Official Report by the U.S. Seventh Army.

      The Official Report listed the following statistics for the Dachau main camp after the camp was liberated:

      Poles: 9,200; Russians: 3,900; French: 3,700; Yugoslavs: 3,200; Jews: 2,100; Czechoslovaks: 1,500; Germans: 1,000. There was also a combined total of 1,000 Belgians, Hungarians, Italians, Austrians, Greeks, etc.

      According to Paul Berben, a former prisoner, who wrote a book called “Dachau: 1933 – 1945: The Official History,” there were 67,649 prisoners in Dachau and its 123 sub-camps when the last census was taken on April 26, 1945, three days before the US 7th Army arrived to liberate the camp. There was a total of 22,100 Jews in the Dachau system on April 26, 1945 and most of them were in the subcamps.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 8, 2012 @ 7:59 am

      • “Two days before Dachau was liberated, there were 6,887 prisoners marched out of Dachau, half of whom were Jews. These prisoners were marched out of the camp because they were considered to be dangerous if set free by the allied liberators.”

        Thanks for the info. I didn’t know that.

        Knowing what some jewish prisoners had done in Weimar two weeks before after being liberated from Buchenwald, this evacuation is very understandable. Some American liberators had given weapons to liberated prisoners and they started to kill, steal and rape (according to Elie Wiesel himself) Germans living around, in Weimar. Hitler was furious because of that. Weimar was one of his favorite cities (because it was the city of one of his favorite composer, Liszt).

        Comment by hermie — December 16, 2012 @ 8:18 am

        • What I wrote in the quote that you gave in your comment is NOT the official version of history. According to official Holocaust history, which you are required to believe under the laws of 17 countries, the prisoners were marched out of the camp as a means of killing them. The official definition of the term “death march” is a march out of a concentration camp for the purpose of marching the prisoners to death.

          This quote is from my website at http://scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/Background02.html

          Begin quote:
          On April 26, 1945, three days before the American liberators arrived at Dachau, a transport of 1,735 Jewish prisoners left on a train bound for the mountains in southern Germany. Then another 6,887 prisoners, half of them Jews and half of them Russian POWs, were marched south toward the mountains of the South Tyrol. According to testimony given at the Nuremberg IMT, the march to the Tyrol was part of a plan, devised by Ernst Kaltenbrunner, to kill all these prisoners.
          End quote

          Kaltenbrunner denied this at the Nuremberg IMT, but he was convicted and hanged.

          Comment by furtherglory — December 16, 2012 @ 8:40 am

  7. [...] The photo above shows a corner of the Dachau shower room which was claimed to have been a gas chamber in testimony given at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal.  I previously blogged about the testimony given at Nuremberg here. [...]

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  8. If the ceiling was some 10 feet in height, how tall are the chaps in the picture?

    8′ ?

    9′ ?

    If he merely stood on tiptoes, would the guy on the right touch it with his head, wouldn’t he?

    Comment by Eager for Answers — April 30, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    • This photo was taken by a photographer who was kneeling down, or bending his knees, because he wanted to show the shower heads stuck into the ceiling. If he had taken the photo, straight on, the ceiling would not have been shown in detail. In my photos, taken in May 2001, I also bent down a little to get the ceiling in the photo. The men are around 6 feet tall and the ceiling is around 7 and a 1/2 feet high. This photo was taken after the room was modified by lowering the ceiling.

      The Congressmen wrote their report after seeing the shower room on their first day at Dachau; they wrote that the ceiling was 10 feet high. The photo was taken after the ceiling was lowered by the American liberators. That is the only possible explanation.

      I don’t remember who said it, but I recall reading that one of the staff members of the Dachau Memorial Site said that the original pipes and shower heads are still on the original ceiling which is now hidden by the false ceiling that was put in before the film was made.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 1, 2012 @ 8:28 am

  9. [...] have accentuated the positive, instead of bringing up the negative.  Maybe a reference to the Nuremberg IMT, which provides irrefutable proof of the Holocaust, or some mention of the new discovery of mass graves at Treblinka, would have been [...]

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  10. A little of German Language studies:
    The words “hinein” and hinaus as well as the words “herein” and “heraus” are used by respective user. “Kommen Sie hinein” means I am outside with you and inviting you in to my apartment, for exemple. “Kommen Sie herein”. I am inside and inviting you in, “Wir werden dort hinein gehen”, We (are outside and) will go in there. etc.
    If we are talking about of some of switch (electrical or others), the words will be einschalten/auschalten (turn on/turn off)

    Comment by Gasan — November 21, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

  11. I grew up under the “common knowledge” that Hitler and his Germans killed Communists and Jews first and foremost. Sorry for being such an Ignoramus, but wasn’t Dr. Blaha, a communist, supposed to lead the his ilk to the gas chambers with the red banner in his hands and a drummer on his side? Or, I missed my guess?

    Comment by Gasan — November 21, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

    • Dr. Blaha was a Communist and one of the most prominent prisoners at Dachau. He gave his affidavit on the day that the film was made of the gas chamber. Also on that day, there were a lot of American news reporters who were at Dachau. There were a lot of bodies of prisoners who had died after the liberation which were laid out on the side of the camp that was opposite the gas chamber.

      Comment by furtherglory — November 22, 2010 @ 8:08 am

  12. “To the left of the push buttons is a switch box with a handle that can be thrown to let something “Aus” or “Ein” which in English means Out or In.”

    On a switch, “Ein/Aus” actually means “On/Off”.

    “In/Out” would be “Hinein/Heraus”.

    I just watched the movie “Katyn”, and compared to the executions shown there, killing people in gas chambers strikes me as incredibly inefficent, wasteful, and just plain idiotic in a war economy.
    There have been mass executions and genocide all over the world, and the time-tested method is to kill people right infront of the massgraves. Pour some gasoline over them and burn them a bit if you want to make it hard to identify them. Why bother designing and constructing gas chambers?

    Comment by Rachel — November 21, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    • Thank you. I made the correction on my post.

      Comment by furtherglory — November 21, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    • The German word for a disinfection chamber was Gaskammer. These were rooms where Zyklon-B was used to kill lice in the prisoners’ clothing. The prisoners knew about the Gaskammeren and when the American liberators arrived, they told them all about these rooms. It is easy to see how these stories got started.

      Comment by furtherglory — November 21, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

      • Ah. So where did 6 million Jews go? Did they just disappear off the face of the earth with clean clothes? Stop thinking to hard. You might hurt yourself.

        Comment by Joe blow — March 26, 2012 @ 8:57 am

        • Thank you. Yes, where DID six million Jews go if there were no gas chambers?

          Comment by Jackson Franco — May 11, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

          • How many Jews were there in Europe before the war?

            Another question is –

            How did we get million-strong Jewish communities in America and Palestine (and thousand-strong ones elsewhere, Europe, even Russia)? The people had to come from somewhere.

            Comment by edward — June 26, 2012 @ 7:16 am

            • According to the Wannsee Conference, where the Final Solution was planned:

              Approximately 11 million Jews will be involved in the final solution of the European Jewish question, distributed as follows among the individual countries:

              Country – Number

              A.
              Germany proper 131,800
              Austria 43,700
              Eastern territories 420,000
              General Government 2,284,000
              Bialystok 400,000
              Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia 74,200
              Estonia – free of Jews –
              Latvia 3,500
              Lithuania 34,000
              Belgium 43,000
              Denmark 5,600
              France / occupied territory 165,000
              unoccupied territory 700,000
              Greece 69,600
              Netherlands 160,800
              Norway 1,300

              B.
              Bulgaria 48,000
              England 330,000
              Finland 2,300
              Ireland 4,000
              Italy including Sardinia 58,000
              Albania 200
              Croatia 40,000
              Portugal 3,000
              Rumania including Bessarabia 342,000
              Sweden 8,000
              Switzerland 18,000
              Serbia 10,000
              Slovakia 88,000
              Spain 6,000
              Turkey (European portion) 55,500
              Hungary 742,800
              USSR 5,000,00

              Not all of these Jews were available to the Nazis. For example: the Jews in Ireland, England, Portugal, Spain, and the 5 million in the USSR. So the total number of Jews who could have been killed, assuming that there were no survivors, was 6 million.

              Comment by furtherglory — June 26, 2012 @ 9:44 am


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