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August 6, 2011

walking to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:28 am

Jews walking to the gas chambers at Birkenau

Auschwitz SS men and women relaxing on their day off

German men and women on the staff at Auschwitz relaxing on their day off (photo from the Auschwitz Album)

The two photos above are from the Auschwitz Album, a book of photos taken by the SS men at the infamous Auschwitz Birkenau death camp.

The USHMM caption on the first photo, which I copied from their web site is

Jewish women and children from Subcarpathian Rus who have been selected for death at Auschwitz-Birkenau, walk toward the gas chambers. [Photograph #77356]

Those pictured include Jolan Wollstein of Szombathely, her children Erwin, Judith, Dori and Naomi, her non-Jewish governess Edith, Henchu Mueller Falkovics, Kreindel Vogel and her sister Sase Vogel and Rita Gruenglass.

Of all the horrific crimes committed by the Germans at Auschwitz, this has got to be the worst:  Taking photos of people walking to their death, and then putting them into a photo album along with photos of SS men relaxing on their day off.  How cruel is that!

Young boys marching to gas chambers at Birkenau

The USHMM caption on the photo above is

Jewish women and children from Subcarpathian Rus who have been selected for death at Auschwitz-Birkenau, walk toward the gas chambers. [Photograph #77343]

Both photos of the Jews, who are walking to the gas chamber, show them walking north through the middle of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.  They are passing up the barracks in the background, so these can’t be Jews who have been selected to work.  The only place they could be going is to the gas chambers at the western end of the camp.

These people are walking down the road that bisects the camp from north to south. Halfway down this road, the Jews will turn left and go west down another road that leads to the gas chambers at the far end of the camp.

The prisoners, who have been selected to work, will take the same route to the Sauna where they will take a shower, while their clothes are  being disinfected.

The most famous photo of Jews walking to the gas chamber is the one shown below.

Iconic photo of woman and children walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The USHMM caption on this photo is

A Jewish woman walks towards the gas chambers with three young children after going through the selection process on the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. [Photograph #77217]

The photo below is also from the Auschwitz Album.

SS men singing at their retreat near Auschwitz-Birkenau

In the photo above, an accordionist leads a sing along for SS officers at their retreat at Solahutte outside Auschwitz. Pictured in the front row are Karl Hoecker, Otto Moll, Rudolf Hoess, Richard Baer, Josef Kramer, Franz Hoessler and Josef Mengele.

Except for Karl Hoecker, the SS men in the front row were the worst war criminals in the entire history of World War II.  How could these men go on vacation, after gassing innocent Jews at Auschwitz, and then put their vacation photos into the same album with the pictures of the victims walking to their death?

Karl Hoecker was the man who put together the album.  Didn’t he know that his good buddies were the worst criminals in the world?  And why was Hoecker so stupid that he left behind photographic evidence of the gassing of Jews at Auschwitz?

One survivor said that she was saved because she CHOSE TO WALK to the showers instead of riding in the truck that was provided for transportation to the gas chamber.  You can read the story here of the survivor who was saved by walking.


  1. My neighbour survived a trip to the gas chambers. She peed on a handkerchief and held it over her nose and mouth.

    Comment by paulinehead — February 20, 2016 @ 2:37 pm

    • Which gas chamber in which camp did your neighbor survive?

      Comment by furtherglory — February 20, 2016 @ 4:47 pm

  2. does any one ever think of anne frank?????

    Comment by brie pettid — March 24, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

  3. Schlageter how ignorant. U must be SS. U would retract and cry like a bitch for forgiveness of u r belief with a criminal holding ur naked ass down with his boot and smiling as he puts a round in u r head. People who kill innocents especially children are the scum of the earth such as YOU!!

    Comment by Bill — November 8, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

  4. Those identified in the top picture are not to be trusted, as Alice Lok Cahana, star of The Last Days (claims to have escaped from inside a gas chamber) is the one who provided the information “identifying” them.

    Comment by Eric Hunt — August 9, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    • Are any of them currently living in Florida? Or Beverly Hills, California?

      Comment by furtherglory — August 10, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    • Why is Alice Cahana’s identification of these people not reliable?

      Comment by Angie C — November 17, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

      • You can read about Alice Cahana in my previous blog post here:

        Her stories of her experience at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen are unbelievable.

        Comment by furtherglory — November 18, 2012 @ 7:31 am

        • I am wondering about the accuracy of the identification of Kreindel Fogel and her sister Sase Vogel in the first photograph. ‘Vogel’ was Kreindel’s married name so Sase probably wasn’t her sister because they most likely would not share the same surname unless they had married brothers. Also, according to Yad Vashem Page of Testimony records Kreindel’s two little boys aged 4 and 6 died with her but they are not with her in the photograph which is odd as children and mothers were sent to their deaths together to avoid hysteria and keep up the pretence that they were going to the showers. She looks suspicious and concerned and relatively calm in the picture but not distraught which I would expect if her children had been taken from her before the walk to the gas chamber. Is this lady really Kreindel Vogel (Fogel), wife of Menachem Cvi Fogel, or not?

          Comment by Angie C — December 14, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  5. “The worst criminals in the world”? Hardly. These were ordinary, civilized men assigned to do a very distateful job that was deemed “neccessary”. How do they differ from/compare to Allied bomber crews, Stalins NKVD, the Mau Mau,the Taliban beheaders,or the planners and perpetuators of the Iraq/Afghan/libyan wars? Or the folks that occupy Gaza? I’d prefer the company of these men to being inserted into a “flash mob” of nihilistic negro youths. “Worst” is a very subjective term.

    Comment by schlageter — August 7, 2011 @ 2:22 am

    • The difference between these men and the others that you mentioned is that the SS men at Auschwitz are still being studied by students all over the world, including China now. The Holocaust Education Trust is promoting hatred of these men instead of teaching students about the bomber crews, etc. Hundreds of books and movies keep their names alive. Every child in America who is in the fifth grade or beyond knows the name Mengele. Writers for TV comedy shows know that they can mention Mengele’s name and get a laugh because everyone knows that name. The perpetrators of the three wars that America is now fighting and the folks that occupy Gaza are spoken of as heroes, not as evil men.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 7, 2011 @ 6:29 am

  6. Thanks for the link. I went to the web site and read this about the Jerry Lewis movie:

    “It tells the story of a self-centered circus clown, Helmut Doork, who is
    sent to a concentration camp after a drunken impersonation of Hitler.
    There, he befriends the Jewish children of the camp, and performs
    for them, angering the camp Commandant. He is accidentally sent
    with the children on a train to Auschwitz, and there, he is expected
    to lead the children, like a Pied Piper, to the gas chambers.”

    This story line reminds me of Janusz Korczak leading children to Treblinka. Janusz Korczak was a pseudonym for Dr. Henryk Goldzmit. He was a teacher and a social worker who ran an orphanage in Warsaw. He also did a weekly radio show for children, and wrote a series of children’s books in which the central character was a boy king named King Matt. In July 1942, Korczak turned down the opportunity to escape from the Warsaw Ghetto, and instead accompanied his orphans to Treblinka.

    According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Korczak marched along with his 192 orphans to the Umschlagplatz in Warsaw when the Jews were ordered to report for deportation to the East. One child was carrying the flag of King Matt with the Zionist flag on the other side of it. The Zionist flag is now the blue and white flag of Israel.

    I wonder if Jerry Lewis got his story line from the Korczak story.

    Comment by furtherglory — August 6, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

  7. “With most of these kinds of things, you find that the anticipation, or the concept, is better than the thing itself. But seeing this film was really awe-inspiring,in that you are rarely in the presense of a perfect object. This was a perfect object. This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is. Oh My God!” – thats all you can say. -Harry Shearer

    The Day the Clown Cried (Jerry Lewis’ lost Holocaust movie)

    Comment by who+dares+wings — August 6, 2011 @ 10:47 am

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