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August 30, 2010

How many of the Nazi gas chambers are still in existence?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , , , — furtherglory @ 7:34 am

This morning I read on a blog that there are only four Nazi gas chambers still in existence in all of Europe.  It took me a minute to think of which four gas chambers, to which this blogger might be referring.

It is universally accepted by Holocaust historians that there were six extermination camps where Jews were gassed during the Holocaust: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka.

The gas chambers at Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka were destroyed more than 65 years ago and nothing remains of them. Three of the four gas chambers at Birkenau were destroyed by the Nazis in January 1945 and one was destroyed by the prisoners in October 1944.

There were also gas chambers at Mauthausen, Dachau, Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrück and Stutthof.  The  original gas chambers at Mauthausen, Dachau and Stutthof are still there, as are the gas chambers in Building No. 41 at Majdanek. There are also reconstructed gas chambers at Majdanek and the main Auschwitz camp.

One of the euthanasia gas chambers, the one at Hartheim Castle, was also used to gas concentration camp prisoners from Dachau and Mauthausen.  There is a building located about a mile from the Natzweiler camp, which is alleged to have been a gas chamber where 86 Jews from Auschwitz were brought to be killed; you can read about it on another blog post that I wrote.

I have visited and photographed five of the remaining gas chambers in Europe: Auschwitz, Majdanek, Dachau, Mauthausen and Hartheim.  I also visited the site of “the little white house” which was used at Birkenau before the four large gas chambers were built.  The location of “the little red house,” which was the first gas chamber at Birkenau, is unknown.

Dachau gas chamber

Reconstructed gas chamber at Auschwitz main camp

Mauthausen gas chamber

One of the gas chambers in Building No. 41 at Majdanek

Building No. 41 at Majdanek has four gas chambers

Gas chamber at Hartheim Castle

Stutthof Gas Chamber

Stutthof Gas Chamber

You can see more photos of the reconstructed gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp here and more photos of the Hartheim gas chamber here.

The remains of “the liitle white house” used as a gas chamber at Birkenau

You can read all about “the little white house” here.

Ruins of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber

The floor of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber is shown in the photo above.  The gas chamber was disguised as a shower room with one floor drain.  In the background, you can see the ruins of the cremation ovens.  You can read about the Sachsenhausen gas chamber here.


  1. In Chelmno there were no gaschambers. The prisoners suffocated during the ride from the village of Chelmno towards Rzjuchow las ( The forest of Rzjuchow ) in the direction of Powiercze/ Kolo in gassingvans. Of these vans only pictures exist. The cars are all vanished.

    Comment by Muskens — August 25, 2015 @ 2:39 pm

  2. I’m confused… the picture purports to show a Dachau gas chamber… I was under the impression that prisoners at Dachau were transported to Schloss Hartheim to be gassed, which is three hours from Dachau–at least by contemporary travel speeds.

    Wikipedia makes no mention of gas chambers at Dachau. Is is certain one way or the other that they existed there?

    Comment by O Zafira — January 15, 2015 @ 6:40 pm

    • When I first visited the Dachau Memorial Site in 1997, there was a display in the museum which showed the papers that had to be filled out when TERMINALLY ILL prisoners were sent to Hartheim Castle to be killed in the gas chamber there. On the official paper, there was a line to fill in, giving the type of illness from which the prisoner suffered.

      On my later visits to the Dachau Museum, this paper was no longer shown.

      I checked out the Wikipedia page on Dachau. This page has been completely and totally changed since it was first put up. The sources of the information on Dachau have also been changed.

      On the Wiki page about Dachau, I found this gem:

      “the canteen, where prisoners served SS men with cigarettes and food;”

      The canteen a Dachau was a place where the prisoners could BUY cigarettes and food, not a place where SS men sat down at tables to be served cigarettes and food by the prisoners.

      I also found this information about the badges worn by the prisoners: “idiots” wore a white armband with the label Blöd (idiot),”

      There might have been a few idiots sent to Dachau after they were given an IQ test and didn’t pass, but there were NO WHITE BADGES worn by any of the prisoners.

      Comment by furtherglory — January 16, 2015 @ 8:18 am

    • You are correct that Wikipedia does not mention the gas chambers at Dachau. That is because this subject is very controversial. Wikipedia does not give both sides of any story; Wikipedia is a kosher website.

      The information about Dachau on Wikipedia is very tricky. For example, this quote:
      “[Martin Weiss] was tried during the Dachau Trials beginning 13 November 1945. After being found guilty of “violating the laws and usages of war,” Weiss was executed by hanging at Landsberg prison on 29 May 1946.[5]”

      Weiss was NOT found guilty of “violating the laws and usages of war” [under the Geneva Convention of 1929].
      This quote from my website will explain why Martin Weiss was found guilty:
      Begin quote:
      “Dr. Blaha’s testimony that Martin Weiss was the Commandant at Dachau when these [medical] experiments were conducted was enough to convict Weiss of participating in a “common design” to violate the Laws and Usages of War because the Russian Commissars, used as subjects, were POWs who came under the rules of the Geneva Convention of 1929, even though the Soviet Union had not signed the convention and was not following it with regard to German POWs.”
      End quote

      In other words, Weiss was NOT convicted of violating the Laws and Usages of War under the Geneva Convention, but rather, he was convicted under the ex-post-facto law of “common design.”

      The law of “common design” means that the Germans were convicted of violating the law if they were anywhere near where a crime was committed by other people.

      Comment by furtherglory — January 16, 2015 @ 9:18 am

    • I was banned from contributing to Wikipedia after I made a correction on their original page about Dachau. The original page about Dachau stated that Martin Weiss, who was named by one of the prosecution witnesses at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal as the man that he saw killing Jews in Vilna, Lithuania in 1941, was the Commandant of Dachau.

      I made a change on the Wiki page, which said that the Commandant of Dachau was Martin Gottfried Weiss, who was the Commandant of Neuengamme in 1941 when Jews were killed in Lithuania.
      All hell broke loose and the powers that be at Wikipedia banned me from contributing.

      Comment by furtherglory — January 16, 2015 @ 9:33 am

  3. The article clearly states” universally accepted “, and it is ” universally accepted ” that ” universally accepted ” is no proof.

    Comment by Deidre — December 26, 2014 @ 12:06 am

  4. I am not convinced by your photos that any of them are “homicidal gas chambers” used for killing prisoners. The gas chambers which you show which show signs of “prussian blue staining” a confirmation thatcyanide based Zyklon B was used were in fact used as disinfection rooms for prisoners clothes and bedding as an attempt to control the spread of typhus by body lice. This raises the question as to why the Germans would want to preserve the health of people they were so desperate to kill. None of your figures make any sense and do not conform to any records of the number of Jews actually living in occupied Europe at the time nor is there any forensic evidence in the form of human remains to support your wild claims. The figure of “6 million” has a long history of absurd claims of anti-Jewish persecution going back to the early part of the 20th Century. The eyewitness accounts are all absurd and most have been long discredited. It would have been impossible to have used Zyklon B to kills humans in the number stated and then to have removed the dead bodies almost immediately after using the so-called “sonderkommando”. This is simple to demonstrate scientifically and medically. The “holocaust” story is so fantastic and unbelievable that it has to be supported by criminal laws preventing any research or discussion of the subject.

    Comment by Peter Appio — June 19, 2014 @ 5:25 am

    • Apparently you have never had the advantage of a Holocaust education. The following information is from my website

      Begin quote
      The world first learned that the Jews were being gassed at Auschwitz when resistance fighters in the Polish Underground passed this information on to the Polish government in exile in Great Britain. On June 25, 1942, The Telegraph, a British newspaper, ran a story about the mass murder of Jews in gas chambers at Auschwitz. The headline read “Germans murder 700,000 Jews in Poland.” According to this first report, which was also broadcast on the radio by the British BBC in June 1942, a thousand Jews a day were being gassed.
      End quote

      Even Anne Frank, hiding in the attic, knew about the gassing of the Jews, starting in 1942. I suspect that the UK will be the next country to pass a law making Holocaust denial a crime. When that happens, you will spend 5 years, or more, in prison. Do you still think that there were no gas chambers?

      Comment by furtherglory — June 19, 2014 @ 6:21 am

      • No matter what law, the law has no effect on reality…

        These obviously WERE gas chambers, the Nazis used de-lousing powder (mass produced long before the need for a large scale human killing agent, and already in use in the camps for… de-lousing) to make hydrogen cyanide gas, a highly toxic nerve gas. Since they used commercially bought de-lousing powder to produce it, the blue stains are not only explained, but confirm the actual doses used in the gas chamber to either have de-loused a bit under half of then the Reich’s population-, or killed roughly a hundred thousand people. per gas chamber.

        This does not mean that I agree with your suggested statements, anyone mandating the “truth” by law for the sole purpose of suppressing opinions is an enemy of the people and free speech. You would have done great in the ranks of the SS and Gestapo with that attitude. The actual truth is muddy, and we must respect that… claims of Auschwitz I being a death camp for example… we know historically this is not true even though a gas chamber was “reconstructed” there a few years after the war for museum purposes… Simply because the people who organised the reconstruction (in their historical enthusiasm let us hope) confused Auschwitz I (the train station and central camp for further processing) with Auschwitz II Birkenau (the extermination and de-lousing camp, a small train ride away from the central camp) and once the mistake was made it was “politically inconvenient” to admit to it… ask any self respecting historian…

        The only way you can ever convince people like the person you are responding to is with facts and truths, not with mandates… mandates create conspiracy theories and only fuel their fire…
        And especially… never ever lie… never ever claim to know when you dont know… And you sir, do not know… Those headlines in the newspapers were rumours at the time, rumours that ended up having a basis in truth… but rumours at war are called propaganda… they happened on both sides. For example it was rumoured that the Japanese that were deported to the American concentration camps were killed as well.

        Comment by Bart Bols — April 22, 2015 @ 5:34 am

        • You wrote: “the blue stains are not only explained, but confirm the actual doses used in the gas chamber to either have de-loused a bit under half of then the Reich’s population-, or killed roughly a hundred thousand people. per gas chamber.”

          It is the lack of blue stains in the alleged homicidal gas chambers that has caused people like Germar Rudolf to become Holocaust deniers. I wrote about this on this blog post:

          The clothing disinfection chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau have heavy blue stains, but the last time that I was there, in 2005, these buildings were off limits. I photographed these buildings from the outside and wrote about them on my website at

          Comment by furtherglory — April 22, 2015 @ 7:40 am

        • You wrote that “it was rumoured that the Japanese that were deported to the American concentration camps were killed as well.”

          In America, they were called “internment camps”. I never heard any rumors that the Japanese American prisoners were killed in the camps. I was a child, during World War II, and I can tell you that the American people were extremely happy that the “Japs” were put in camps in America, where they couldn’t hurt American citizens.

          Comment by furtherglory — April 22, 2015 @ 11:16 am

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