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April 7, 2011

Holocaust survivor tells Greeley, CO students about the gas chambers

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany — Tags: — furtherglory @ 11:38 am

Yesterday, I blogged about the methods used by the Nazis to murder the prisoners at Buchenwald.  One of the claims was that the bodies of the prisoners who had been gassed were ejected into the crematorium below.  Today I read in the news about Benny Hochman, a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, who told an audience of young students in Greeley, CO that he worked as a Commando whose job it was to remove the bodies after the prisoners were gassed.

This quote is from an article in the Greeley Tribune which you can read here:

Hochman spent five years at the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. He worked under the gas chambers collecting bodies by the thousands as they fell through the floor after each gassing and putting them in piles “higher than this building.”

He must have been talking about Buchenwald because there was nothing under the gas chambers at Auschwitz. Two of the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers were underground and the other two were in buildings that had no basement.  The gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp was at ground level, but had dirt piled up against the sides; there was nothing beneath the Auschwitz I gas chamber except the sewer.

Besides that, the prisoners who worked at the gas chambers in Auschwitz were all Jewish, as far as I know. According to the article in the Greeley Tribune, Benny Hochman is not Jewish; he was a political prisoner at Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

However, as I wrote yesterday, the French prosecutor at the Nuremberg IMT said this about Buchenwald:  “Certain [of the gas chambers] had a floor that tipped and immediately directed the bodies into the room with the crematory oven.”

The crematory ovens at Buchenwald obviously could not keep up with burning such a large number of bodies, so after the bodies fell through the floor of the gas chamber, they were piled up higher than a building.

The article in the Greeley Tribune said that Hochman called Holocaust deniers “poison.”

I want to make it clear that I am not “poison.”  I believe every word that was said by the Allies at Nuremberg and every word told by Holocaust survivors to students in America.

Hochman’s speech to the students in Greeley gives the proof that a gas chamber was located in the Buchenwald crematorium building, shown in the photo below.

Crematorium at Buchenwald

Bodies piled up outside Buchenwald crematorium