This morning I read a news story, which was published on June 15, 2012 on the online Times Live. The headline is “French Holocaust denialist philosopher dies”.
What was his name? Doesn’t matter — he was a Holocaust denier, and that’s all you need to know. You can read the article here and rejoice over his death.
What attracted me to this news article was the photo which accompanied it. The caption on the photo was this:
Commemorators walk into what used to be a gas chamber in a crematorium at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz Birkenau.
Image by: YVES HERMAN / REUTERS
Shouldn’t there be a photo of the man who died? Instead of a photo of what is purported to be a gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp?
I immediately recognized the photo that accompanied the news article. It is a photo of a WASHROOM which tourists enter today, believing that what they are entering is part of a gas chamber.
My photos of the washroom are shown below.
The location of the gas chamber is shown on the right side, at the bottom of the blueprint. On the other side of the gas chamber wall was the oven room. Wouldn’t that have been dangerous? The heat of the ovens might have caused an explosion when the gas was put into the chamber!
On the other hand, the Zyklon-B pellets had to be heated before the gas was released, so maybe this was an innovative design. There was no other way to heat the pellets in the gas chamber in the main camp.
The two rooms to the left of the gas chamber on the blueprint are the washroom and the “laying out room” where autopsies were done. The “laying out” room is shown in the photo below; note the door from the “laying out” room which opens into the washroom.
Does this design suggest to anyone else that this whole set-up was a morgue that was located right next to the cremation ovens? It does to me, but what do I know?
I have not read any of Roger Garaudy’s books, so I don’t know what he denied. Did he walk into the laying out room, and then proceed into the washroom? Did he exclaim: “Hey look, there were two toilets in the gas chamber.”? Or did he enter the building through the door at the other end of the gas chamber, which was not there when the gas chamber was in operation?
My photo above shows the entrance which was used for tourists when I visited in 1998. I was told that this was the door through which the victims entered. At that time, the staff at Auschwitz was denying that the gas chamber was a reconstruction, done by the Soviet Union in 1947.
My 1998 photo below shows the door into the washroom in the closed position. In 1998, the tour guides were telling visitors that this was the back door of the gas chamber.
This door opens inward, which would have made it hard to enter after the gassing when all the bodies were piled up against it. Of course, the gas chamber could have been entered through the door into the oven room. The door that is shown in the previous photo was not there when the gas chamber was in operation.
Note the glass window in the door. How did the Nazis prevent the victims from breaking the window? Even with the window intact, the gas chamber was not air tight because of the keyhole in the door. Of course, they could have put a piece of tape over the keyhole.