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October 31, 2011

An engineer’s explanation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:17 pm

A couple of months ago, I blogged here about the fact that the engineers who designed the Nazi gas chambers are unknown.  All of the Holocaust gas chambers were designed differently, as I showed in another blog post here.  Actually, they weren’t designed at all. I blogged about the Natzweiler gas chamber, which was a special case, here.

When I went to Auschwitz-Birkenau in the fall of 2005, I took photos of everything, even when I didn’t realize the significance of what I was photographing.  It seems that a couple of my photographs were useful in explaining the gas chambers from an engineer’s viewpoint, which you can read here.  Also, check out the claim by this blogger that Krema II and Krema III were bakeries.

I also took photos of the water treatment plant at Birkenau.  I didn’t have the right kind of lighting for better photos at the time, so the photos below will have to do.

The photo above shows the water treatment plant at Birkenau. On the right side are four round brick structures in which the drinking water was purified at Birkenau; on the left side is a deep hole that was part of the water treatment facility. This photo was taken at the west end of the camp, north of the Krema II and Krema III gas chambers.

In the background of the photo above, you can see the round brick structures of the water treatment plant for the Birkenau camp. Just behind the black markers, you can see a dried up ash pond, which looks like a small bog garden.  When I visited Birkenau in 1998, this was an actual bog garden with plants in it, and the markers were not there. The dried up ash pond for Krema V looked very similar in 1998. In the foreground are the black markers in four languages that identify this as the ash pond for Krema III.

What is the importance of all this?  I don’t know — I’m not an engineer.  But now that we have some real engineers working on the case, these photos might have some meaning.  The water was too close to the surface at Birkenau, which caused a huge problem.  I do know something about gardening, and the whole place looks like a bog garden where plants that love water grow.

Please check out an engineer’s explanation for the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau here.