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October 9, 2011

Are the ruins of Auschwitz collapsing?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:17 am

Among the very nice photos on this blog, I found the photo below which shows the ruins of one of the crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau. (Click on the photo to see full size.)

Ruins at Auschwitz-Birkenau Photo Credit:

I am not positive, but I believe that the photo above shows Krema II, which Robert Jan van Pelt called “the Holy of Holies” when he testified at the David Irving lawsuit trial; he claimed that 500,000 Jews had been gassed in the Krema II gas chamber alone. Compare the photo above to my photo below which shows Krema II in October 2005.  The ruins seem to have collapsed more over the past 6 years.

My photo of Krema II taken in October 2005

There were 1.4 million visitors to Auschwitz-Birkenau last year.  When I first visited the Birkenau camp in October 1998, my private tour guide and I were the only people there.  I could not get any photos of the crematoria at that time because the whole camp was grown up in weeds and I was told that it was full of snakes and bees.  The tour guide would not allow me to get close to the ruins of the gas chamber buildings.   

Krema II in February 1945

My photo of Krema II taken in October 2005

Ruins of Krema II in February 1945

My photo of the ruins of Krema II in October 2005

What’s going to happen when the gas chamber buildings at Birkenau collapse completely?  Will they be rebuilt as reconstructions?  Is the collapse of Birkenau a metaphor for the collapse of the Holocaust story, as more and more survivors write fake stories about how they escaped from the gas chamber?



    Comment by Robert Schmidt — October 9, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  2. Never fear! The ass-licking German government will surely pay to rebuild it in any configuration their masters instruct them to.

    Comment by schlageter — October 9, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  3. On the blog you linked to, we can see prisoner blocks in pictures #5 and #6; these are 2 storey buildings. However, I don’t remember ever reading a survivor climbing to or living on the 2nd storey; what were these 2nd storeys used for?

    Thank you.

    Comment by Eager for Answers — October 9, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

    • The buildings in photos #5 and #6 are buildings in the Auschwitz main camp. The upper stories were added by the Germans when they took over this camp, which had formerly been used by the Polish military and before that as a camp for migrant farm workers. I am sure that the upper stories were used for the prisoner’s bunks. When I visited the Auschwitz main camp in 1998, there were bunk beds in some of these upper story rooms. When I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2005, I concentrated on the Birkenau camp because the main camp was so crowded that one could not see anything and it would have been impossible to take photos. The crowds in 2005 were worse than at Disneyland, and today there are many more people going through the barracks in the main camp.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 10, 2011 @ 7:16 am

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