Among the very nice photos on this blog, I found the photo below which shows the ruins of one of the crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau. (Click on the photo to see full size.)
I am not positive, but I believe that the photo above shows Krema II, which Robert Jan van Pelt called “the Holy of Holies” when he testified at the David Irving lawsuit trial; he claimed that 500,000 Jews had been gassed in the Krema II gas chamber alone. Compare the photo above to my photo below which shows Krema II in October 2005. The ruins seem to have collapsed more over the past 6 years.
There were 1.4 million visitors to Auschwitz-Birkenau last year. When I first visited the Birkenau camp in October 1998, my private tour guide and I were the only people there. I could not get any photos of the crematoria at that time because the whole camp was grown up in weeds and I was told that it was full of snakes and bees. The tour guide would not allow me to get close to the ruins of the gas chamber buildings. (more…)