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November 20, 2011

the unique method of execution at the Buchenwald death factory

I wrote a previous blog post, about  how Jews were killed at Buchenwald by being hung from hooks in the crematorium, which you can read at

The Buchenwald concentration camp had a unique method of executing prisoners.  This method was explained by Edwin Black in his book entitled IBM and the Holocaust.

This quote from IBM and the Holocaust describes how the Jews were murdered one shelf at a time at Buchenwald. A shelf was a section of the bunk beds in the barracks where 16 prisoners slept.

Once the murder decision had been made, all sixteen Jews in the shelf were immediately marched to a small door adjacent to Buchenwald’s incinerator building. The door opened inward, creating a short, three-foot-long corridor. Jews were pushed and herded until they reached the corridor end. There, a hole dropped thirteen feet down a concrete shaft and into the Strangling Room. A camp worker recalled, “As they hit the floor they were garroted … by big SS guards and hung on hooks along the side wall, about 6 1/2 feet above the floor … any that were still struggling were stunned with a wooden mallet … An electric elevator … ran [the corpses] up to the incinerator room.

The photo below shows the hooks on the wall of the “Strangling Room.” The second photo below shows the incinerator room with the door of the elevator on the right hand side.

Buchenwald execution chamber had hooks on the wall

Incinerator room at Buchenwald where bodies were burned

Execution by garroting and meat hooks on the wall was unique to the Buchenwald camp; in all the other Nazi concentration camps, political prisoners were executed by public hanging or shooting and the Jews were gassed. Only a few people today believe that Buchenwald had a gas chamber; you can read about the alleged Buchenwald gas chamber on my website here.

The Nazis referred to the Buchenwald “Strangling Room” as the Leichenkeller (corpse cellar). They claimed that bodies were stored in the “Strangling Room” before they were burned, but according to the Buchenwald guidebook (which I purchased in 1999), the corpse cellar was used only for executions and the bodies of prisoners who died of starvation or disease were stored in a shed near the east gate into the camp, a long way from the cremation ovens.

General George S. Patton, who toured Buchenwald on April 15, 1945, wrote the following in his autobiography regarding what he was told by former Buchenwald prisoners:

If a sufficient number (of the Buchenwald prisoners) did not die of starvation or if, for other reasons, it was desirable to remove them without waiting for nature to take its course, they were dropped down a chute into a room which had a number of hooks like those on which one hangs meat in a butcher shop, about eight feet from the floor. From the execution room in the Buchenwald set-up there was an elevator, hand operated, which carried the corpses to an incinerator plant on the floor above.

The “chute” which Patton saw was analogous to the “corpse slide” at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, which was used to roll dead bodies down into the morgue in the basement. Executions at Sachsenhausen were carried out at a firing range or in a gas chamber disguised as a shower room which was in the crematorium building.

At the Buchenwald death factory, the basement room at the end of the “chute” was an execution room, not a morgue. There was apparently no morgue in the crematorium at Buchenwald for storing the bodies before they were cremated.  This was not unusual; there were also no morgues at Auschwitz where the Jew were gassed in underground rooms in the crematoria.  The Nazis referred to the gas chambers at Auschwitz as corpse cellars.

A group of U.S. Congressmen are shown the mallet used to club prisoners to death when they didn’t die soon enough

The photo above shows a group of US Congressmen on a visit to Buchenwald on April 24, 1945. They are being shown the “bloodstained club” that was found by the American liberators in a corner of the execution room. The Congressmen were told that the “bloodstained club” was used to beat prisoners to death in the execution room, but if this room was a morgue, as the Nazis claimed, the club might have been used to break the bones of bodies in which rigor mortis had set in before the body could be hung up to keep it straight for the ovens.

On the right, in the photo immediately above, is what appears to be a dummy hanging from a hook on the wall; this was part of the exhibit shown to German civilians and American soldiers who were brought to Buchenwald after the camp was liberated.

Another explanation for the hooks at Buchenwald was given by one of the former Polish prisoners to Cpl. Norman W. Paschen when he toured the camp shortly after American troops arrived at Buchenwald on April 11, 1945.

The following quote is from a letter to his family, written by Cpl. Paschen:

We then went to the crematory, a cold, dismal building resembling a dungeon. A large chute similar to a coal chute had been used to convey the bodies to a cellar. On the walls of the cellar were many hooks which were used to hold the corpses until it came time for them to be elevated to the crematory upstairs. The hooks had been forced into the neck behind the ear. They were still blood-stained.

The Buchenwald Report, a book written by former prisoners in the camp, uses the phrase “meat hooks used for hanging bodies,” which implies that the men who were hung in the execution room were already dead before their bodies were placed on the hooks.

The following quote is from the Buchenwald Report:

[The Nazis] removed the meat hooks used for hanging bodies, cemented in the holes, and covered up the blood-spattered walls with a fresh coat of white paint. In their haste, however, they did not completely finish the job of hiding the evidence: After liberation, an American medical officer reported seeing four hooks still in the wall and partially filled holes for forty-four more, as well as a bloodstained club.

On my visit to Buchenwald in 1999, I purchased the official guidebook for the camp, which has this quote:

Approximately 1,100 people were strangled to death on wall hooks in the body storage cellar. Ivan Belevzev from Kharkov, 8 years old, was the youngest victim of the murderers.

Note that the official guide book for Buchenwald implies that prisoners were strangled by hanging from hooks, not garroted first and then hung up on hooks.

The photo below shows the Corpse Cellar in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp which had no hooks for hanging bodies.

Corpse cellar at Sachsenhausen is similar to the one at Buchenwald but has no hooks

Corpse slide at Sachsenhausen


  1. In the immortal words of Elie (the weasel) Wiesel

    “Some events do take place but are not true; others are—although they never occurred.’”

    Any questions?

    Ohhh, Riiiiight.. Questions are strictly forbidden!!

    Comment by Hp B — April 15, 2015 @ 6:31 pm

  2. Those hooks sure look like pipe supports, because that is exactly what they are.

    There is no way anyone lifted a human 8ft off the ground and hung them on the end of those pipe supports: they are not “hooks.” They are pipe supports…most likely for hot water pipes.

    The gibberish that otherwise sane people will accept as “history” never ceases to amaze me.

    Comment by farang — April 15, 2015 @ 10:40 am

  3. They BRAG about the genocideS they committed:
    If they are not ALL true, then the entire “claim” to Palestine, in the book THEY WROTE, IS NOT TRUE.
    Deuteronomy 3:18 and I commanded you at that time, saying, The Lord your God hath given you this land to possess it: ye shall pass over armed before your brethren the children of Israel, all that are meet for the war.
    Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16 “And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them…thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.”
    Deuteronomy 15:6 “For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.”
    Numbers c.5 v.2-4
    Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
    Exodus c.32 v.27
    Numbers c.11 v.1-2
    Numbers c.16 all
    Numbers c.21 v.5-6
    Numbers v.26 v.10
    KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
    Numbers v25 v.4-8
    Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
    Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
    Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
    Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
    Numbers c.31 all Midianites
    Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
    Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
    Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
    Where are THEIR “holocaust” Memorials!
    Numbers c.21 v.25
    Numbers c.32 v.39
    Numbers c.33 v.53
    (just to name a FEW)
    Numbers c.33 v.31-34
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
    Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
    Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
    Nazis SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GENETICS”.
    TODAY Israel states that it is creating “A PURE Jewish State”
    YESTERDAY the Nazis were creating “A PURE German State”
    And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword . . . (Joshua 6:21)
    For modern day reinforcement of these “rules” research/google “the KINGS TORAH”

    Comment by william — April 15, 2015 @ 7:21 am

    • so you think that hitler was right to kill jews.

      Comment by saal — October 13, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

  4. Lashon Hora (Hara)

    Research “LASHON HORA (HARA)” It is the Jewish speech code against speaking ill of others and it states that they must not lie to or speak ill of “Jews in good standing” but lying to GOYIM and herem-Jews (excommunicated) is okay. When you understand their morality/speech-code you will understand why there is no point in bothering to argue with them. As you see BALD-FACED LYING to GOYIM is “moral” in their eyes.

    Comment by william — April 15, 2015 @ 7:20 am

  5. Regarding those Russian Political Commissars.

    The memoirs of Captain Mikhail Shelkov.

    …”This was the first time, I have seen the captured German soldiers, and once, I have witnessed the wild execution of German POW’s. About 15 captured Germans were sitting on the side of the road, guarded by two young soldiers with machine-pistols. I didn’t know when and where they were captured. Suddenly, a “Willis” (“Jeep”) arrived and an officer jumped out of it. As, I have learned later, he was a “zampolit” (Political Commissar) from a different division. He walked towards Germans, pulling out his pistol and producing some sort of animal-like snarl. He approached the first one, put the pistol to the back of his head and pulled the trigger. The German fell dead. The he shoots next, and next…He emptied the clip and quickly inserted a new one. The shooting continues until all of them laid dead in the row, with their skulls crushed.
    Germans did not beg for mercy, didn’t try to escape and didn’t resist. They have died silently, like sacrificial lambs. Only, at the moment when “zampolit” put his pistol to the back of their heads, they would somewhat shrink and shrivel; a shot- and he is falling on his side or his back.
    A day, or two before, my boys killed two Germans after they walked out from the trench with raised hands. But, just a minute ago those Germans were still shooting at us and they were killed, I would say, still in the heat of the battle. And here, a massacre, or extermination is taken place. Of course, they are enemies, but already captured and thus defenseless. By the way: they were not SS-men or Polizei-collaborators, just regular Wehrmacht soldiers, which I have seen later in large numbers. I felt somewhat cataleptic, observing this scene with horror.”…

    Thank you for telling us this story, Captain Shelkov!
    Now, we know how “political commissars”, or “zampolits” were acting on the battlefield. No wonder, that Germans were executing them after capture.

    Comment by Gasan — November 24, 2011 @ 11:05 am

  6. Buchenwald had a few other unique executions methods according to Andreas Pfaffenberger. My favourite is the Nazi who hid in the cupboard and shot 40,000 prisoners who all thought they were being measured for their height.

    That’s twice as many as were killed in the Dresden Holocaust according to Zionist figures.

    Comment by Black Rabbit — November 20, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    • I think that the story of Soviet POWs being shot while they were being measured for height is pure fiction. The original measuring stick and the booth or “cupboard” behind it was never found and it had to be reconstructed. There were only two camps that used this method — Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen — both in the Soviet zone of occupation after the war. Dachau was in the American zone of occupation and there is no claim that POWs were shot this way at Dachau. No, at Dachau, the story is that POWs were shot at the rifle range for target practice, another fictional story, in my opinion.

      Comment by furtherglory — November 20, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    • FG&Black Rabbit
      Regarding Dachau
      The first mass executions of Soviet prisoners of war commenced on the 27th August 1941. Due to the difficulty to keep the killings secret, they were moved to the nearby shooting range at Hebertshausen. It first took place there on the 4th September 1941, followed by two to three times a week of further executions.The bodies were cremated in both at Dachau [this was still the old oven] and Munich crematoriums and the ashes deposited in a collective grave. After a transitional period the SS-men had the executed men burned in the Dachau crematorium only, a Jewish work team was used there whose members were always killed after a certain time. The members of this work team was housed in the bunker and did not come into contact with other inmates Normally the Wehrmacht did not send Prisoners of War to a concentration camps unless these Russians were Political Commissars, or Activists which according to a Führer-Befehl would be executed post haste .

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — November 20, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

      • Why did the shooting of the Russian Political Commissars have to be kept secret even though they were shot according to an order by Hitler himself? Secret from whom? The other prisoners or the outside world? Are any of the names of the “Jewish work team” known? If they were housed in the bunker, some of the VIP prisoners, for example Dr. Johannes Neuhäusler, must have known that they were killed after a certain time. There were no accusations of killing Jewish crematorium workers in the Dachau Trials.

        I blogged about the alleged killing of the Soviet POWs at Herbertshausen; you can read it at

        Here is a quote from that blog post:

        Begin Quote
        As the defense attorney for Piorkowski, Major Boysen pointed out that the prosecution’s allegation, that 6,000 to 8,000 Soviet POWs had been executed at Dachau in the spring of 1942, while Piorkowski was the Commandant, had not been proved in the main trial of Dachau camp personnel, yet it was put into evidence in the Piorkowski trial, along with other atrocities that had become matters of judicial notice and did not have to be proved again.

        According to Joseph Halow, the court reporter who wrote the book “Innocent at Dachau,” Major Boysen concluded that he was of the “definite opinion that no such massacre occurred at Dachau as is factually stated to have taken place there in Prosecution Exhibit 1.”
        The testimony at the Dachau proceedings, concerning the killing of Soviet POWs, was in the form of affidavits and the witnesses had not been subjected to cross-examination in the courtroom, according to Court Reporter Joseph Halow.
        End Quote

        The original Guide Book for Dachau, which has since been replaced with a new book, did not mention the killing of the Russian POWs at Herbertshausen and this was also not mentioned in the Museum exhibit that was up between 1965 and 2003.

        Comment by furtherglory — November 21, 2011 @ 7:31 am

        • FG
          I can not tell you the actual reasons why the shooting of Russian Prisoners was meant to be kept secret. It was standard procedures that any activities within the camp should not be revealed to the outside. Inmates that were released had to sign a declaration upon receiving their freedom not to reveal what they had seen or experienced. What I have quoted can be read by any one and is published at page 255 under Dachau-Stammlager Book 2 “Der Ort des Terrors”. All you have to do is Google. (That’s what I do to get independent information!
          As a journalist, I have always respected and admired your objectivity and almost accurately reporting past events, yet as an American you rely too much on Trial Proceeding that were done by the Victors and to some extent are no longer accepted in German Jurisprudence, thus following changes were made:
          As early as 1948, the Association for the Welfare of Prisoners of the Bavarian ministry of justice took over the care of the Landsberg war criminals. Many forces in the newly founded Federal Republic of Germany – politicians, the church, industrialists, and artists – raised their voices in behalf of the inmates of the Landsberg war criminals prison. By the middle of the fifties, these inmates began to be seen not as war criminals but as political prisoners or prisoners of war. For instance, in1955, the city council of Landsberg asked their mayor “to work for the overdue release of the political prisoners” in the Landsberg prison.
          But the most far-reaching decision in behalf of the war criminals was made as early as 1951 by the state government of Bavaria when it passed a resolution declaring that the inmates of the military prisons at Landsberg, Werl, and Wittlich should be recognized as prisoners of war and that the federal law guaranteeing financial assistance to prisoners of war should be applied to them.
          The government agency which disburses financial aid to prisoners of war was supposed to examine the verdicts of the American military courts and check them against laws governing the relation between the occupation forces and German citizens. The result was that the guilty verdicts of the military courts were ignored. Moreover the convictions of war criminals by military courts were considered as foreign convictions and therefore did not become part of an individual’ s criminal record.
          According to estimates of the Freiburg military historian Gerhard Schreiber, 5,000 German war criminals have received additional pensions as prisoners of war.

          Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — November 21, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

          • The alleged shooting of 6,000 to 8,000 Russian POWs at Herbertshausen was kept secret, but not the hanging of 90 Communist Commissars at Dachau. In the first Dachau trial, 3 out of the 40 defendants were accused of the crime of aiding in the hanging of the 90 Commissars: Sylvester Filleböck, Franz Böttger and Emil Mahl. The prosecution provided witnesses who had seen the hanging of the 90 Commissars. Yet, the prosecution was not able to prove the shooting of thousands of Russian POWs at Herbertshausen. Franz Böttger was accused of shooting a Russian POW on an evacuation march. Why did they keep at least one Russian POW alive for years and then take him on an evacuation march? Did they want to leave behind witnesses who would have testified about the shooting of thousands of other POWs?

            I think that the only reasonable conclusion is that the Commissars were hanged, on the orders of Hitler, but the others were not shot for target practice. There was another “shooting prisoners for target practice” story told at the Small Fortress at Terezin.

            I rely on reporting what I have seen personally. On my website and on my blog, I write about places that I have visited and I base my opinions on what I have personally seen. I try to be objective and give both sides of every story, something that is unknown in Journalism today.

            Comment by furtherglory — November 22, 2011 @ 6:16 am

        • FG
          As an after thought, a recent column in a local Newspaper mentions WAR ON TWITTER:
          “Twitter can be educational. Alwyn Collison is tweeting World War II events in real time, each day recording the events that took place on the same date 1939.” Recent updates include:”From today, Jews living in the city of Lodz, Poland, must sew a yellow star to their clothing to identify their race.” He has vowed to continue for the next six years.
          Check it out at @RealTimeWWII
          Has history really changed?

          Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — November 21, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

  7. FG
    I just noticed that your are using the same expression in your blog “GARROTING” as I did in my translation, yet you doubt what I write. Either you dont like it or two different persons are editing what you publish

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — November 20, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    • I used the word garrotted because that is the word that Edwin Black used in his book “IBM and the Holocaust.” I am the only person who writes the posts on this blog. I don’t believe that prisoners were executed by hanging from hooks on the wall of the crematorium. I think the bodies were hung from hooks after they were dead so that the bodies would not be curled up when rigor mortis set in. The bodies had to be straight when they were put into the ovens, not curled up.

      At Dachau there is a sign in the crematorium which says that prisoners were hung by the neck until dead — in front of the ovens. I think the bodies were hung up after they were dead to keep the bodies straight.

      Comment by furtherglory — November 20, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

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