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July 2, 2012

Photo of naked women being driven to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:28 pm

I have just learned from a news article in the Irish times, that there is a photo on display at Auschwitz-Birkenau which shows naked women being driven toward the Krema V gas chamber.  A lot has changed at Auschwitz since I was there in 2005 and I don’t think that this photo was there in 2005.

This quote is from the article in the Irish Times:

On a day like this, the woods outside the camp look like a nice place for a picnic. That is until you remember that in the summer of 1944, the Birkenau section of the camp was gassing an average of 8,000 Jews each day. Thousands of newly arrived men, women and children would have sat around in these woods for hours, unaware of what lay ahead in the gas chambers.  […]

Even for those of us who are familiar with the pictures of Auschwitz, there are still some shocking new images. In particular, there is the blurred picture of a number of naked women being driven like sheep into a pen.

Except that the pen was a gas chamber. That picture was taken at great risk by one of the “worker” prisoners in Auschwitz and somehow smuggled out of the camp.

Krema IV at Birkenau where Jews were gassed and burned

The photo below, which I found by doing a web search, has the caption: Naked Jewish women being driven towards Gas Chamber V-Auschwitz ll Birkenau.

Naked women being driven toward the Krema V gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

There are numerous photos of prisoners waiting for their turn in the gas chambers in Krema IV and Krema V, which the SS men took themselves, and put into a photo album, called the Auschwitz Album.  The photo below, from the Auschwitz Album, shows an elderly woman who is trying to escape; the building in the background appears to be Krema IV or Krema V, which were identical in design.

Three Jewish men restrain a woman who is trying to escape

All the photos below are from the Auschwitz Album; they show Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau waiting for the gas chamber.

Women and children waiting for the gas chamber

Waiting for the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Women and children walking toward the gas chambers in Auschwitz-Birkenau

Women and children waiting outside the Krema IV gas chamber

A mixed group of men, women and children walking to the gas chamber

In the photo immediately above, you can see, in the upper right hand corner, what looks like the gate into the section where Krema IV, Krema V and the Sauna are located.  The Sauna, where incoming prisoners took a shower, was located across the road from Krema IV.

The Sauna, where incoming Jews took a shower, was across the road from Krema IV

Waiting for the gas chamber in the birch tree grove at Birkenau

The photo, that is displayed at the ruins of the Krema V gas chamber, presents a problem.  With 8,000 prisoners being gassed each day, and thousands of Jews waiting in the birch tree grove at the western end of the Birkenau camp, there would have been pandemonium if a group of naked women had been driven into Krema V, after being told that they would be given a shower.  Thousands of other prisoners would have witnessed this and there would have been chaos as they scattered in all directions, trying to escape.

What about the prisoners who had been selected for work?  They would have been marching to the Sauna, across the road from the gas chambers, and a panic would have ensued.  The plan was to have some of the prisoners take a shower before going to the barracks where they would live while they worked, while those who were too young or too old to work would be immediately killed.  The plan had to be kept secret until the very last minute to prevent a mass escape attempt.

Besides that, the naked women in the photo look like candidates for labor, not the gas chamber.  So what does this photo really show?


  1. Hatred. Love people. the world is dark and cold. I have compassion.

    Comment by Jaime — February 15, 2017 @ 7:15 pm

  2. “an average of 8,000 Jews each day”

    Wow, I thought there was a German document saying the maximum “performance” of all crematoria together was a little over 4000, assuming 24 hour continuous operation?

    Comment by Question everything — July 9, 2012 @ 6:40 am

  3. From what I’ve read, candidates for cremation would not have undressed in public. IF the photo is real, a sadist capo/SS who made folks undress well before the showers for a visual ‘treat’/further degredation.

    Comment by sandy54 — July 7, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

  4. “the blurred picture of a number of naked women being driven like sheep into a pen.”

    Is one of Alex the Greek sonderkommando’s photos. I remember seeing as sign near Krema V when I was there in January, which had that photo on it.

    Another of Alex the Greek sonderkommando’s photos, the one of his colleagues supposedly burning gassed Jews, is probably a heavily edited photo of the aftermath of a train crash in Ohio back in 1912.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — July 3, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    • Thanks a million for this information and for the link to your blog. When I visited Auschwitz in 2005, I took photos of Krema V which you can see on my website at

      Unfortunately, I did not take a photo of the sign board at Krema V which said that bodies had been burned on the ground there. I should have taken that photo and a photo of the muddy ground where the bodies were allegedly burned. After seeing your photo of the train crash in Dresden, Ohio, I now believe that the photo of the women is another fake.

      While you were at Auschwitz-Birkenau, there was snow on the ground, so you might not have noticed that the ground at Birkenau is very uneven because it has been churned up by millions of feet walking over it and sinking down into the mud. When I was there in 2005, I saw many places where there was standing water on the ground, especially around the ruins of Krema V. When I visited Birkenau in 1998, I thought that the whole place looked like a bog garden, meaning a place where there is water on the ground and plants that love water grow there.

      Comment by furtherglory — July 3, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

      • No worries FG.

        I did take a photo of the sign in question, I just found it.

        I’m disappointed that no Revisionist on the East Coast has gone to Dresden and tracked down the original photo following it’s appearance in that TV show two years ago. I’m glad you reminded me of all this with your post, I signed-up to a huge newspaper archive, and am now trawling through it for stories on the train crash. I found this article, which mentions Commissioner John Sullivan was to make an initial report on crash, and a full inquiry was to be held. The files of this must still exist, although the some Jew has probably removed the photo from them.

        But as you allude to, if one of Alex the Greek sonderkommando’s photos is fake, then they’re all fake.

        I thought “Why were they undressing outside of the building when Krema IV & V had undressing rooms?”

        On checking Van Pelt’s Auschwitz 1270 – Present, he reproduces an original plan for Krema IV, and claims:

        “Between the vestibule and the incineration room is a large morgue, which in the winter was also used as an undressing room.”

        So Van Pelt had it all covered. The evil German’s didn’t want the Jews to get cold before they gas them.

        Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — July 3, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

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