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March 23, 2011

the Brausebad sign over the door to the Dachau gas chamber

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:43 am

One of the readers of this blog made a comment recently, saying that the word Brausebad, over the door into the Dachau gas chamber, was stenciled on later by the American liberators.

Door into the gas chamber at Dachau

Door into the gas chamber at Dachau

The photo above was taken on my last trip to Dachau in 2007.  I composed this picture so as to show the wiring above the door.  The ceiling of the Dachau gas chamber is now 7.6 feet high, but the wiring on the wall outside the door shows that the original ceiling in the room was actually much higher.  The electrical wiring is for the light fixtures in the room.

In all my research on the Dachau concentration camp, I have never read anywhere that the sign over the door into the gas chamber was added by the American liberators.

It never occurred to me that the word Brausebad above the door is not original, so I didn’t take a close-up of it.  I borrowed a close-up photo from this blog and posted it below.

Sign over the door to the gas chamber at Dachau

I don’t think that “stenciled” is the right word to describe how the word was put on the wall.  Maybe someone reading this can think of a better word. I would describe this as a sticker on a piece of tape; the tape is now so old that it is turning yellow the way Scotch tape appears after many years.  Now I understand what the reader meant when he said in his comment that when he ran his fingers over the paint, it felt different from the rest of the paint in this building.

In any case, when you see a close-up of the word, it looks a bit sloppy; it is what the Nazis would have called “unGerman.”  In fact, everything about the Dachau gas chamber looks suspicious because it is so “unGerman.”

Sign over the entrance to the shower room at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Sign over the entrance to the shower room at Auschwitz-Birkenau says “Brausen”

Strangely, the sign over the entrance to the shower room in the “Sauna” at Auschwitz-Birkenau says “Brausen”, not Brausebad.  When I took a class in German, in an American school, several years ago, I was told that the word Brausebad is no longer used in Germany because of it’s association with the Holocaust.  Did the American liberators of Dachau make a mistake when they put a sign over the door into the alleged gas chamber at Dachau?

This photo was taken in 1950 by Hitler's photographer

This photo was taken in 1950 by Hitler’s photographer

I have photo shopped the photo above, in an attempt to make the light switch and the wiring a lighter color.  In my version of this photo, you can see the inside of the “gas chamber” and the morgue room, in the background, which is right next to the “gas chamber.”

Notice what looks like mold on the wall of the undressing room, just below the light switch.  Was this mold caused by the gas used in the alleged “gas chamber”, or by dampness from the water used in the shower room.  My photo of the same door shows that the mold has been removed.

28 Comments »

  1. The Brausebad in Dachau has never been a gaschamber, dont spread disinfo please!

    Comment by Ric — September 14, 2012 @ 5:46 am

    • I am not the one spreading disinformation. The Brausebad in Dachau was proved to be a gas chamber at the Nuremberg IMT where the American prosecution team showed a film which explained how the Dachau gas chamber operated. I previously blogged about this film here: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/proof-of-the-nazi-gas-chambers-given-at-the-nuremberg-imt-on-nov-29-1945/

      The tour guides at Dachau now tell visitors that the gas chamber was used. If you don’t believe in the Dachau gas chamber, you could go to prison for 5 years.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 14, 2012 @ 9:22 am

      • I am German and I live next to Dachau. Even in School it is teached now that Dachau was not a distruction camp. And I won’t let forbidd me my point of view, theese laws are made from people who want to protect their view on the war.

        The numbers of killed jews have been corrected several times, because they were much to high. In the future they will go down further and in 100 years people will know that theese were working camps and people died by weakness and sickness.

        Did you know that jewish banks financed both side of wars? The were giving credits to the germans to pay the deportation of the people..

        This was of course very bad, but it is important that the difference will be published because the reputation of Germany has been distroyed for always. And nobody is responisble for what happened 60 years ago.

        Or does anybody talk about america killing millions of native americans? Or what is with the deads from the British empire??

        Everybody talks about how bad the jews where treated, why doenst anybody talk about how muslims are treated today? They are in the same situations like jews have been in the past. The US and A killed more than 10 Mio people the last then years..and nobody is getting angry about that. We shouldnt use the past to forget the present….

        BTW: Hitler asked England to deport the jews to palestein, but they rejected, also othert countries like holland and so on. Not Germany was reason for the J in their passport it was Switzerland. Germany wanted to make themselves indepenent from the international financiel system, this is why the war was opened against germany, germany would have become to strong. Nobody cared about the jews, e.g. they had to walk back from Poland to Holland.

        In this time the governments where happy that someone “cleans up” and they won’t be responsible for, like it will happen with the muslims in the future. Just when Germany became to big, The allies could use this as war propaganda.

        So we should better use our energy to solve problems we have now, history shows that human doens’t learn from history!

        Don’t forget: History is allways written by the winner’s site!

        Comment by R — September 24, 2012 @ 2:55 am

        • Thank you very much for your comment. I am happy to learn that the German people know at least some of the truth about their history.

          Regarding the killing of millions of Native Americans, nobody talks about that today. Americans have the attitude that we can commit any crimes that we want because we are the good guys. No Americans were ever put on trial for war crimes committed in World War II. Regarding Dachau, a German-American (Howard Buechner) wrote a book, entitled The Hour of the Avenger, about the Dachau massacre. You can read about his account of the massacre on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/BuechnerAccount.html

          This quote is from my website:
          “The Avenger,” in the title of Col. Buechner’s book, refers to 1st Lt. Jack Bushyhead, a “full-blooded Cherokee Indian” who was the Executive Officer of I Company, 3rd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, the unit which allegedly murdered 346 Waffen-SS soldiers in cold blood, on Bushyhead’s orders. Col. Buechner explains that Lt. Bushyhead was avenging the wrong that had been done to the native population of America by the white settlers; his people had been brutally uprooted from their ancestral homes in Georgia and North Carolina and forced to walk more than a thousand miles to Oklahoma on the “trail of tears” where they had “perished in untold numbers and without retribution.” According to Col. Buechner, Lt. Bushyhead felt a kinship with the Jews who had also been “harassed and driven from country to country for thousands of years.”

          I am not sure if Buechner’s account of the Dachau massacre is true or not, but this gives you an idea about how the Native Americans were treated in America. America kept the Dachau massacre secret for over 40 years.

          Comment by furtherglory — September 24, 2012 @ 7:53 am

  2. Dear Gasan
    I have to be a bit diplomatic in my reply as we have relations in the States where one partner or both are part jewes,some of the younger ones(this is the 4th generation Americans,some fair haired and blue eyes) have been quick to find comments what I have said on the net so far.Especially when it came to the Dachau KZ Blog.
    There is a collection of documents in the State Department entitled “Bolshevism and Judaism” which states that the revolution in Russia was engineered in Feb 1916,and it was found that the following persons and firms were engaged in the destructive work:
    1.Jocob Schiff-Jew
    2.Kuhn,Loeb&Co -Jweish Firm
    Management:Jacob Schiff-Jew
    Felix Warburg-Jew
    Otto Kahn-Jew
    Mortimer Schiff-Jew
    Jerome Hanauer-Jew
    3.Guggenheim-Jew
    4.Max Breitung-Jew
    5.Isaac Seligman-Jew
    The report goes on to assert that there can be no doubt that the Russion Revolution was started and engineered by this group and that in April 1917 Jacob Schiff in fact made a public announcement it was due to his financial influence that the Russian Revolution was successfully accomplished.In spring 1917 Schiff started to finance Trotsky,a Jew, for the purpose of accomplishing a social revolution in Russia,also Max Warburg’s financing of Trotsky also the role of the Rheinisch-Westphalian syndicate. The report states that the links between these organisations and their financing of the Bolshevik Revolution show how the link between Jewish multi-millionaires and Jewish proletarians was forged.
    The report suggests that the New York bankers who were also Jewish had relatively minor roles in supporting the Bolsheviks,while Bankers that were Gentiles, like Morgen,Rockefeller and Thomson had major roles. I could find nothing about the Rothschild’s financil support for Trotsky which may have been overlooked.

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — March 27, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

  3. Dear Herb,
    In light of this communist revelation movie, it would be hard for any honest person to adhere to any political views or a party. The Soviet leaders of 1973 forgot to mention that their predecessors were part of the same plot of international banking cabal. They did not mention in the movie that Trotsky was an agent of Rothschild/Rockefeller/Warburg/Schiff banking establishment and they have supplied him with unlimited funds, machine guns and gangsters from NYC East Side. Those gangsters were able to overthrew the Provisional Government of Russian in October of 1917 and create “The Bolshevik inferno”. Lenin and Stalin knew that better than anybody else since they were part of the plot. Adolf Hitler was fully aware of it as well and his people were cooperating with international zionists to transfer all able-bodied Jews to Palestine.
    But at least, Hitler was speaking the truth to his nation, while Lenin, Stalin and their successors kept silence, or produced the movies for Central Committee members of the Party, or top KGB officers.
    The original communists of Russia were just the agents of international banking cabal, who wanted to bring Russia on it’s knees and made it a colony and the source of slave labor, steal it’s natural resources.
    This story was repeated less than twenty years ago by the same cabal with assistance of so-called “Russian oligarchs”. (All of them jews).
    It does not matter if your are a Republican or a Democrat or a Communist, you will have the same “masters”. I am fully aware of it now.

    Comment by Gasan — March 27, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

  4. Dear Gasan
    I have looked and listened to the movie and was rather shocked by its content than surprised that it was made in Russia in 1973 with full knowledge of the communist leadership at that time. What I heard and saw is a bit disturbing, I can only endorse the comments you made,although I don’t know your own political views.

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — March 26, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

  5. This is a little bet off the topic, but I just found this video and I was really shocked.

    http://kinobanda.net/modules.php?name=News&file=view&news_id=8468

    Тайное и явное. Цели и деяния сионистов (1973):: Жанр: Документальные
    Language: Russian.

    “The Hidden and the Obvious. The Goals and Deeds of the Zionists”. (1973. USSR), Documentary.
    I assume there won’t be anything new in that movie for the most readers of this blog. But the shocking part is that it was made in USSR in 1973. Some parts of the film was borrowed from the documentary “Der Ewige Jude” (The Eternal Jew) released in Germany in 1940. However, Soviet leadership, at that time, had lots of stuff to contribute.
    And who were the USSR leaders at that time?
    Leonid Brezhnev (remember that dude with huge eyebrows?). He was decorated “Hero of Soviet “Union” at the time of war, and participated in Victory Parade of “nahtzee” Germany. His rank, as of 06/24/1945, day of the parade, was Major-General.
    Alexey Kosygin, PM of USSR at that time. He was trying to improve the economy of USSR, but was defeated by global economics regulated by the International banks.
    Mikhail Suslov,
    Second Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Party’s Chief Ideologue and second-in-command
    There is not a chance, that the movie of this magnitude would be made is USSR without approval of these three persons. And let me tell you something: THEY have ordered this movie to be made. Most likely, it was Suslov, a strong “Anti-Trotsky” Central Committee member who came up with idea about this movie.
    Let me tell you something else: This movie had never been shown in the theaters or TV in 1973. Most likely it had been shown only for the Soviet elite and probably KGB on “need to know” basis.
    How was it possible for Brezhnev, Kosygin and Suslov to come to the same ideas as Adolf Hitler? Brezhnev’s wife was a jewess, by the way. How decorated commissar and career political brainwasher Brezhnev would endorse such a movie? Only because he came to realization that “the cabal” is the existential threat to the entire humanity.
    In this USSR communist movie they are talking about the Rotschilds and international jewish cabal.
    Oh really? Aren’t they the same dudes who brought revolution to Russia in the first place in 1917.

    I was not able to find a video in English of this movie. However, you still watch the video.
    Herb Stolpmann speaks Russian and he could validate my claim, about this movie, after watching this video for just 10 minutes.

    Comment by Gasan — March 25, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  6. Dear Kageki
    I have mentioned in my blog about my POW time,, that I lived within the old SS-Hospital with all the comforts of home.This was an entirely different facility than the actual concentration camp,located behind the well known coal bunker,and had nothing to do with the actual prison complex for inmates.All rooms had central heating,hand basins hot and cold water.Showers as well as baths to be shared with others. I usually took a shower in the morning and somtimes at night time,(when I took a girl out for dinner)
    Beds and mattresses as well as a cabinet was provided by the German Administration.There was a restaurant as well as a dairy to purchase foodstuff,a cinema and Social Club.An entirely mixed community from different countries of about 500 that worked for the US Army.We had no excess to the women’s quarters these were Off Limints which we felt was a typical American “Double Standard”.This complex was later on destroyed by the Americans, the Commendant did not want the “Krauts” there,needless to say his name was Weissmann!

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — March 24, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    • Mr Stoplmann, it appears you arrived comparatively late on the scene. Can I share with you what oral history Harold Marcuse found regarding views of the SS on Dachau?

      page 83. Legacies of Dachau.

      “In interviews and published testimonies I found this story repeated numerous times with slight variations. For ecampe, in a statement typical of former SS men, Ludwig H. told me how, in the spring of 1946, he and his fellow internees were shown documentary films of the conditions in the liberated concentration camps. In the darkened auditorium tension mounted until finally someone shouted: “That’s all despicable lies!” The lights went on, the heckler was identified and questioned. He claimed that there had never been “so many incineration oevens” in Dachau. The Americans agreed to check the story, and broke off the film showing. Ludwig H. never heard it mentioned again, so he concluded that the heckler must have been right.”

      Since you were not a prisoner but rather working for the American occupation you may have got a different perspective.

      Comment by little grey rabbit — March 24, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

      • I got out my copy of the book from which you quoted. The phrase “this story repeated numerous times” refers to what Marcuse wrote just above what you quoted.

        Here is a quote from the top portion of page 83:

        Begin quote:
        Another source of outrage among the internees (the German prisoners at Dachau after 1945) were articles in German daily newspapers (167). One described the “unbelievably filthy” acts committed on thousands of “innocent victims” in the concentration camps. But, Newmann noted, he “had imagined all that as little as the people living outside today know how we are doing,” thereby equating his position with that of the KZ inmates. As evidence he quoted from a second article about present internment camps such as Dachau, which described comfortable conditions ….fresh vegetables…a camp library and cabaret,” as well as rich rations. “Why the fat lies?” he wondered, and suggested that the Americans did not honor freedom of the press. Once, while waiting for the “SS dentist,” he asked the dental receptionist, a survivor of Buchenwald concentration camp employed by the Americans, whether the stories about the Nazi camps were true (170). This insider told him that the newspapers could not possibly know as much about the concentration camps, when even he, as a former prisoner administrator, had not known about them. Here Neumann is constructing what I call the myth of ignorance, with its corollary implication that the atrocities were American fabrications.
        End quote

        In other words, Marcuse does not believe “the myth of ignorance” that the people in the town of Dachau and the people of Germany did not know what was going on in the concentration camps. He believes that everyone in Germany knew what was going on, but they were bystanders who did nothing to stop the Holocaust. Therefore, all Germans are guilty and can never be forgiven. The German people must hang their heads in shame for as long as there are any ethnic Germans left in this world.

        Comment by furtherglory — March 25, 2011 @ 7:09 am

        • Well my point was just to show that the common SS viewpoint was that the crematorium was not genuine, and the shower was mentioned particularly. So coming much later and as an employee, one might not have heard these rumours or claims.

          Just to add a few more things from Marcuse’s book (and obviously he doesn’t support these viewpoints)

          page 85
          “I did interview several other internees. In the Dachau memorial site archive I found a copy of the diary of General Karl Schnell, who had donated the seven volumes of his privately published magnum opus in 1993. I called him at his home in Karlsruhe in July 1993, and he was quite willing to talk. When I asked him whether he had been taken to see the crematorium, he answered: “I couldn’t have done that. The crematorium wasn’t built yet. The Americans had German POWs build it after I lef teh camp [in 1946].” Even when I told him what Naumann, a good friend of his, had written, he refused to concede the point.”

          Well he is certainly wrong about the date – perhaps the Americans stopped showing the crematorium to SS prisoners? Or perhaps he is wishfully reinterpreting.

          page 82 is interesting also
          “The newly arriving internees asked the “old hands” if they knew what it had been like in the Dachau concentration camp. Those men claimed not to know, either, “because they were from the fighting SS,” and not the death’s head division of the SS that had guarded the camps. But they had already been taken to see the crematorium, where everything had been left “just as the Americans found it when they entered the camp, except that the corpses lying around had been replaced by was figures””

          I do wonder how many wax figures. I did a post on Buchenwald “We are the Hollow Men” where I was surprised that at least one or maybe more wax figures had been taken by the Allies to Buchenwald immediately on liberation. There was a whipping figure, but this seems to describe wax figures plural.

          Comment by littlegreyrabbit — March 26, 2011 @ 4:38 am

          • Schnell’s words could be interpreted to mean that Baracke X had not been completed yet in 1946 because the chutes on the East wall had not been added yet. Many of the Germans who were imprisoned at Dachau when it was War Crimes Enclosure No. 1 have said that some of the German “war criminals,” who were technically POWs, had constructed the bins on the outside wall and the little windows on the inside.

            The wax figures at Dachau consisted of only a few figures in a small museum that one of the former prisoners had set up in Baracke X and charged visitors to see it. This Museum was closed up in 1953 when the Germans in Bavaria objected to it. I don’t think that the Americans reconstructed the pile of corpses that was in front of the wooden screen at the East wall. I have photos of the wax figures of Buchenwald on my web site and also one photo of the first Dachau Museum.

            Comment by furtherglory — March 26, 2011 @ 9:12 am

          • Did you notice this on page 85, regarding Neumann: “His racism survived intact as well. When he read that ‘in Bavaria a servant girl has given birth to the first Negro baby,’ he was agitated about that event’s bleak implications for Germany’s future (198).”

            According to Marcuse, Neumann was a “racist” because he was worried about a future Germany with a mixed-race population. When I lived in Germany in 1957 and 1958, I did not see any of these “Negro” babies, but I was told about them. The mixed-race children were kept indoors so that they would not be seen by the disapproving Germans. However, when I went back to Germany in 1995, I saw many 2nd and 3rd generation mixed-race children. The first generation was half African; the second generation was one fourth African, and the 3rd generation was one eighth African. The 4th generation is now one sixteenth African. When I went back to Germany in 2001, I saw that there were many Africans who were recent immigrants.

            You can see the family tree of Harold Marcuse on this web site:

            http://www.marcuse.org/index.html

            It appears that the Marcuse family is “racist” because there no “Negroes” in the family tree. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, as the old saying goes. What is good for the Germans is also good for the Jews. Why should the ethnic Germans be eliminated by race-mixing while the Jews preserve their ethnicity by marrying only Jews?

            Comment by furtherglory — March 26, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

  7. Were there any other shower rooms at all in Dachau? Even if it was just for the SS they would still need one anyways.

    Mr. Stolpmann did you take showers while at Dachau?

    Comment by Kageki — March 24, 2011 @ 10:45 am

  8. A friend with a job, a family and a penchant for visiting archives suspects the Dachau gas chamber was originally a shower facility reconstructed to resemble a gas chamber and filmed by a newsreel crew under the command of Hollywood director George Stevens. He’s been looking for a smoking gun which would be an order, or a communiqué putting Stevens there during or shortly after the liberation of the camp, but he hasn’t found anything yet. Evidence of Stevens’ presence may have been removed from archives, or could remain classified. While perusing a folder of some miscellaneous correspondence of Sir Bruce Lockhart in the British National Archives I came across an announcement that eight documents in the folder I had in my hands had been deemed forgeries and removed. Another folder number was provided for viewing these forgeries. Lockhart was head of the Political Warfare Executive, a very small and exclusive team of propagandists that included two Americans, William S. Paley (future head of CBS and C.D. Jackson future editor-in-chief of LIFE). I was looking into the Lockhart file on behalf of my friend searching for anything about OSS film crews near Dachau before or during the liberation.
    I found nothing and unfortunately, it turns out the bulk of Lockhart’s papers are archived elsewhere. To reiterate. a. The Dachau gas chamber shown to tourists today may be the remains of a movie set created by liberated prison labor at the behest of OSS film technicians
    roaming inside Germany as the war wound down. b. Archives are being tampered with today. Sensitive documents appear and disappear mysteriously.

    Comment by who+dares+wings — March 24, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    • If you want a smoking gun regarding George Stevens presence in the camp can I recommend the documentary George Stevens: D Day to Berlin?
      It is full of George Stevens at Dachau. No actual footage of the ovens, however – just a naked flame in a darkened room (very artistic). I don’t remember how the shower room was presented.

      Comment by little grey rabbit — March 24, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

  9. You have such an excellent blog.

    However, your “main site” with the articles about the camps, etc. is written mostly in the vein of Holocaust promotion materials.

    Why?

    Your site gets many hits from Google searches, especially regarding your images.

    Why not express your skepticism / reality affirming views more openly on those pages?

    I believe there are a few pages that put tiny hints to the revisionists’ view of asserting reality, but the writing on your other pages are confusing even to us that appreciate your blog.

    I’ve spoken to other revisionists, and they have brought it up to me out of the blue, they don’t get it either.

    Why put all the effort of putting forth standard Holocaust promotion material, when you don’t believe in it?

    Many of your pages’ information and images are likely to be used by school kids in their reports, etc., you should introduce them to reality and not the myth.

    This is a very well done blog post. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen this covered anywhere before, especially with such a detailed image showing the false “disguised as a shower” myth for what it is.

    Many of us just wish you’d convey these facts on your other pages.

    Thanks very much.

    Comment by Eric Hunt — March 24, 2011 @ 2:56 am

    • You wrote: “However, your “main site” with the articles about the camps, etc. is written mostly in the vein of Holocaust promotion materials. Why?”

      My web site scrapbookpages.com is NOT a Holocaust web site, despite the fact that it has many photos of the former concentration camps and a lot of information about the Holocaust. It is a personal web site about the places that I have visited.

      I started my web site in 1998 for the purpose of putting the photos, that I took in Germany in 1997, up on the Internet. A friend of mine had a web site that showed his photos of trains; he was the one who taught me how to make a web site. The first photos that I put up were of Dachau.

      I did not think that anyone would ever go to my web site; it was just a learning exercise for me, so I also learned how to put my site on the search engines.

      In the old days, google didn’t exist and the search engines didn’t find your web site — you had to put the site into the search engine yourself. I also learned how to put a counter on the site, so I could see how many hits the site was getting.

      I was absolutely amazed to see that people were going to my site and that this included people from other countries. I then put up photos of places that I had visited in Germany, besides Dachau, but people were not interested in anything but Dachau.

      So I expanded on the Dachau pages, and in the fall of 1998, I took a trip to Poland where I took lots of photos of many places. I soon learned that it was only the photos of Auschwitz and Majdanek that people were interested in.

      I have since removed photos of things like English gardens and Disneyland but have left up my photos of Rothenburg, although these photos get virtually no hits.

      I have written extensively about the Holocaust on my web site because that seems to be the only thing that people are interested in.

      However, if I had written the articles on my web site from the revisionist point of view, my first name would now be “Holocaust denier” and I would be considered to be worse than a pedophile.

      I expect that some day soon, all revisionists will have to register, just as sex offenders have to register. My web site can be read in Germany, which puts me in danger of being arrested when I visit Germany. I don’t want to spend 5 years in prison in Germany or 20 years in prison in Austria because of something on my web site that is not the official history of the Holocaust.

      Even the tiniest deviation from the official Holocaust story can bring on an attack from the Holocaust historians. For example, read this blog: http://paolosilv.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/furtherglory-aka-scrapbookpages-i-accuse-you-publicly-of-being-a-holocaust-denier-or-reviser/

      Then read my answer on this blog post: http://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/my-long-awaited-answer-to-accusations-on-paolosilvs-blog/

      I do not want my web site to be attacked so I have taken a neutral point of view. My web site is about places that I have visited, not an argument for or against the Holocaust.

      For example, I have pages on my web site about Weimar, Geseke, Nuremberg, Warsaw, Berlin, Munich, etc. etc. etc. Also, note that my blog is about subjects that I am interested in, including health, true crime, TV shows, etc. etc. etc.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 24, 2011 @ 6:40 am

  10. Dear Kageki
    When I first made aware of the word “Brausebad” that it was painted on at a later stage since it’s liberation was about 1948/49 after all SS-men had been released.At that time platic tape as we know it now was not available in Germany or used at all.When I touched the letters the paint had a far fresher feel than the rest of the wall and the individual letters did protrude slightly. I do not think it was done by a signpainter, rather with stencils which were readily available and used during maintenance of US Army vehicles after paint spraying.I have seen this done myself during ny stay in Dachau.
    My mother’s language is not English,yet I believe I used the correct expression.
    Why the word Brausebad is now taped over I would not know,it certainly was not when I touched it.
    One more note:I was NOT an inmate at Dachau, I worked and lived there as a free person.

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — March 24, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    • First of all my apologies for my mistake of calling you an inmate. I am still unclear of your exact background and the nature of your stay at Dachau.

      Yes indeed it seems precisely correct based on your clarification to have called it “stenciled on”.

      My initial impression of the close-up was that it seemed like it was scratched, but perhaps those really are tapes. If it is taped then the question would be why?

      Also is it correct to say that no photo exists of the Brausebad sign during or before the liberation?

      Are there other examples of a Brausebad sign elsewhere at other camps?

      As for the room, the blueprint apparently said it was a shower room:

      http://www.scrapbookpages.com/dachauscrapbook/gaschamber/history01.html

      Is the blueprint of Barracke X available? Did it say “brausebad” on it?

      Comment by Kageki — March 24, 2011 @ 5:28 am

      • The entrance to the shower room in the Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau has a sign that says “Brausen.” You can see a photo of it on this page of my web site: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/ZentraleSauna.html

        The Sauna was not open to visitors before 2005. I took the photo in October 2005.

        The link that you gave is to my own website. I saw the blueprint of Baracke X on one of my trips to Dachau, but I don’t think it is on display any more. As nearly as I recall, it was displayed in the waiting room of Baracke X. I think the purpose of putting the blueprint on display was that this proved how the Germans tried to fool the prisoners. It was not intended to prove that the gas chamber was really a shower room.

        The Museum at Dachau is careful not to show photos of Baracke X that were taken before the Americans arrived, but I am sure that these photos exist. Remember that it is against the law to show or say anything that could possibly prove that the official Holocaust story is wrong.

        Comment by furtherglory — March 24, 2011 @ 7:43 am

  11. We should thank Mr. Stolpmann for sharing this and other valuable information as a former inmate of Dachau.

    It’s understandable that a better word was not thought about due to language issues. Stenciled on to me at least indicates it was drawn or painted on. However the close-up photo does seem to show it was taped on. If that is the case then the actual sign was something physical, like a sticker or plastic letters. These kind of plastic or vinyl letters can be commonly found in hardware stores today.

    Mr. Stolpmann you physically touched the sign. It is very easy to distinguish a painted sign as opposed to a plastic sign. With all this, can you clarify what it felt like when you touched the sign?

    Based on this photo, maybe we can say that the Brausebad sign was taped on. In any regards, it shouldn’t be too hard to get some verification since there are museum staff that work there along with all the tourists that visit. Have them touch the sign and get a even better close-up picture of it.

    Comment by Kageki — March 24, 2011 @ 12:26 am

  12. I agree with Sceptic, this was an exceptional detective work. The sign appears to be a bogus as well as the whole story. But even if this is original sign, let us accept this for a minute: at what point the word “Brausebad”, which means shower, was converted to a gas chamber? Anyone, who has been inside of that installation, does it look like some sort of shower room? If so, what is there to discuss? It does not even matter, who put the sign there: “nahtzees” or “amerikuns”. The sign says: it is a shower, prove it otherwise.

    Comment by Gasan — March 23, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

    • The Dachau gas chamber does resemble a shower room. The walls are glazed brick which looks like tile. The floor has SIX floor drains which the Holocaustians say are fake drains. There is a water pipe coming out of the wall which indicates that there was a water source into the room.

      However, if the drains are fake, how could the water pipe have been used without a drain? The purpose of the water pipe was apparently to hook up a water hose in order to clean the morgue room next door which did not have a source of water.

      It seems strange that a German architect or engineer would have put the water source for the morgue in another room. All the shower nozzles have been stolen, but the holes for the shower heads are not lined up evenly on the ceiling, as one would expect. This indicates to me that the ventilation hole was put in after the room was built and the ceiling holes for the shower heads were added later.

      The vent pipe on the roof is too short for a vent to eliminate the gas fumes in the room. The whole gas chamber has many faults; the Americans would have been better off if they had blown up the whole building.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 24, 2011 @ 9:15 am

  13. I was the person that used the expression that the word BRAUSEBAD was stenciled on as I could not find another expression for it.The information that it was bogus came from former SS-men that worked there after often heated debates as to the wrongs and rights of the third Reich.I do not think that the liberators did this, the impresion I gained from those that knew, it were most likely Polish inmates had been involved.
    PS>When ever it came to expression like “Liberators” during my questions you would often get the reply,”yes, they liberated us of our last pair of pants”.The same goes for the word NAZIS which is used like confetti these days and is a derogatory acronym for Nationalismus which was coined by left-wing elements in the 1920.Even today to Germans it is a bit of a joke when it is used.When ever there was a disagreement when I worked for the US Army you were labeled as a Nazi.Behind their backs we felt:Was fuer ein bloedes Volk!

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — March 23, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    • I am utterly fascinated in hearing more about these debates.

      I was aware that the term Nazi was a derogatory term. What’s even more odd to me is that the word Nazism is officially in the dictionary now. What did the Germans call each other?

      Another more interesting tidbit of information you have shared as a postscript. I am also curious to know more about the German perspective on the word “Nazi”. Seems like another interesting topic for a blog post.

      Comment by Kageki — March 24, 2011 @ 12:42 am

  14. Excellent detective work. Your high-quality photographs from your trips are showing us a lot of things “as they are” rather than as we’re told they are.

    Re one of the previous posts, when I was in the Dachau “gas chamber” about 2 years ago, and there was no “stepping down”, nor was it dark but very light because there is a window letting in the light.

    I think some bloggers read about these places, then pretend they were there.

    Comment by Skeptic — March 23, 2011 @ 2:48 pm


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