One of the cruelest things that the Nazis ever did was to use the same kind of poison gas to kill both the Jews and the lice in the clothing of the prisoners. The Nazis used the word GASKAMMER (gas chamber) to mean a building where clothing was disinfected. They used the term Leichenkeller (corpse celler) for two of the homicidal gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but most of the homicidal gas chambers, used by the Nazis, were disguised as shower rooms, including two of the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
The photo above shows one of the disinfection buildings at the Auschwitz II camp, aka Birkenau, which has a Gaskammer for killing lice, which spreads typhus. The gate on the right is the entrance into the women’s barracks sections B1a and B1b from the road that bisects the entire camp from south to north, going from here all the way to the Mexico section on the north side of the camp. When I took this photo in October 2005, the disinfection buildings were not open to the public, and there was no tourist information display board. Today, there are so many visitors to Auschwitz that everyone must join a tour group; visitors are not allowed to roam around on their own and peek into the windows of the disinfection buildings like I did.
On this blog site you can read about the use of Zyklon-B to exterminate both humans and lice:
The Nazis delivered exactly the same amount (195 kg) of Zyklon B to two camps on April 30 1944.
Auschwitz where c.1,000,000 people were killed with Zyklon B
Oranienburg where no-one is claimed to have been killed with Zyklon B
Oranienburg is the name of the town where the Sachsenhausen camp was located; the name of the camp is sometimes given as Oranienburg.
The original camps, that were set up in 1933 when 2,000 Communists were arrested following the burning of the Reichstag, included a “wild camp” at Oranienburg that was set up in an old brewery. This camp was later abandoned and a new camp, named Sachsenhausen, was built in Oranienburg in 1936. This was the same year that Dachau was rebuilt; the original Dachau camp was set up in an abandoned munitions factory just outside the town of Dachau.
The Soviet Union liberated the Sachsenhausen camp, after most of the prisoners had been evacuated, and when Germany was divided into zones of occupation, the camp was in the Soviet zone. The Soviets claimed that there was a gas chamber at Sachsenhausen. You can read about the Sachsenhausen gas chamber and see photos of the ruins on my web site here. As far as I know, the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site is still claiming that there was a homicidal gas chamber, disguised as a shower room, in this camp.
The Commandant of Sachsenhausen confessed at his trial that he was responsible for the gas chamber at Sachsenhausen. You can read about his trial on my web site here.
At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, there were claims about gas chambers at all of the major camps, including Buchenwald. Holocaust denial began when Paul Rassinier disputed the claim of a gas chamber at Buchenwald. There are still many people who believe in the Buchenwald gas chamber, including Barack Obama; you can read about the alleged Buchenwald gas chamber on my web site here.
Don’t go denying the Nazi gas chambers or you could wind up in prison in 17 countries in Europe.