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October 13, 2012

Why did the Nazis destroy the crematoria in the death camps?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:00 am

I am answering a recent comment on my blog with this new post.

Here is a quote from the reader’s comment:

“You need to see the Soviet and Allied anti-nazi propaganda after Majdanek was liberated if you want to understand why the Nazis destroyed their Kremas at Auschwitz. It was a horror propaganda mainly based on pictures of crematory ovens. When they destroyed their Kremas the Nazis destroyed Soviet propaganda weapons used against them. Ironically the only rooms that were only partially damaged in the Kremas were the alleged “gas chambers” and “undressing rooms”. There exists pictures of the interior the partially damaged morgues (the alleged “gas chambers” and ‘undressing rooms”). So the Nazis totally destroyed everything but the only rooms they supposedly wanted to hide.”

The crematorium building at the Majdanek camp, shown in the photo below, was allegedly burned down by the Germans on July 23, 1944, the day that the Soviet Union liberated the camp.

The crematorium at Majdanek was burned down

The black and white photo above shows the ruined crematorium in the Majdanek camp, as it allegedly looked when Soviet soldiers arrived at the camp on July 23, 1944. The wooden crematorium building had allegedly been set on fire by the Germans in order to burn the bodies of Polish political prisoners who had been brought from the Gestapo prison at the Castle in Lublin and executed the day before liberation. Their charred remains are shown in the foreground in the photo. In the background of the photo are the brick ovens with iron doors, which were not damaged in the fire. Strangely, the Majdanek gas chamber building, which is located down a steep slope at the other end of the camp, was not burned.  So why did the Germans leave evidence of gassing behind?

Why didn’t the Germans burn the large gas chamber building, which housed four gas chambers? Why did they take time out, from fighting the battle for the city of Lublin, to bring political prisoners from the Gestapo prison to the Majdanek camp and kill them in front of the cremation ovens?

Was it actually the Soviet soldiers who burned the Majdanek crematorium building, after first bringing prisoners from the Gestapo prison and killing them in front of the ovens?  The battle of Lublin, between the German troops and the Soviet soldiers, went on for two days, beginning on July 22, 1944. During those two days, the Germans allegedly burned down the crematorium after they allegedly brought the prisoners from the Gestapo prison in Lublin and shot them in front of the cremation ovens.  Supposedly, during the two-day battle, the Germans had no time to burn down the gas chamber building, nor to burn the 800,000 shoes found in the camp.

Majdanek crematorium building before it was burned

In my humble opinion, the crematorium was burned down by the Soviets after they had killed the political prisoners in the Gestapo prison and brought their bodies to the camp.

According to Martin Gilbert, as told in his book Holocaust Journey, there was a homicidal gas chamber in the wooden crematorium building, shown in the photo above. The building, and the alleged gas chamber, were both reconstructed by the Soviets. Since the gas chamber room is a reconstruction, it does not show the blue staining that is present in the other alleged gas chambers at Majdanek.

The gas chamber room in the reconstructed crematorium is very small; it has a hole in the ceiling for pouring in the Zyklon-B pellets, and there is a floor drain directly below the hole.  If this small room had been used as a gas chamber, the poison gas would have immediately gone down the drain before the prisoners could be gassed.  We are supposed to believe that this was how the Germans designed a homicidal gas chamber.  It looks like a shower room to me.

Were prisoners hung from chains in the Dachau crematorium?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 6:28 am

After reading a post on this blog, I think that the jigsaw puzzle with a picture of the Dachau ovens should be brought back and sold again on  Young people who put together the puzzle would learn something about the ovens at Dachau.

This quote is from a blog post, written by a young American tourist who took a guided tour of the Dachau Memorial Site:

The crematories were sickening to see. Can you believe that thousands of people-HUMAN BEINGS-innocent human beings-were literally stuck into these things?? And at Dachau, their first crematory wasn’t big enough so they had to build a second, and disgustingly they put them both to use in the years the camp was open. If you look closely in the picture below, you can see chains from the wooden panels. These were used to hang prisoners like an X as torture, or as they await death. UGH. Just GROSS. Sick, sick things happened here. Again, can I really describe the things I learned/saw/felt here? No way. It’s a silencing realization that you need to experience first hand.

The chains from which the prisoners were allegedly hung, to torture them, are shown in my photos below.

Chains above a cremation oven at Dachau

In the photo above, you can see clearly that the chains were used to raise and lower the inner door of the oven.  The inner door is the brown rectangle above the oven door.

Ovens at Dachau had chains to raise and lower the inner doors

Sign above the ovens in the Dachau crematorium

The sign in the photo above reads, in English: “Prisoners were hanged from here.”

The sign does not say whether the prisoners were alive or dead when they were hung, but a sign has been added recently on the wall of the crematorium which makes it clear that the prisoners were killed by hanging by the neck until dead, from the rafters in front of the oven. Notice in the photo above that there is an inner door on the oven on the right side.  In the oven on the left side, the inner door is missing.  The chains were used to raise and lower the inner doors, not to hang the prisoners.

Tour guides at Dachau now tell visitors that the gas chamber was used, although not for mass gassing.  The Dachau Memorial Site is controlled by the International Committee of Dachau, which was organized by the prisoners before the camp was liberated. Dachau is strictly used now for propaganda purposes.  Don’t expect to learn the true history of Dachau on a guided tour.

The tour guides tell visitors that the Zyklon-B gas pellets were thrown into the “gas chamber” through the two little windows on the east wall.  Those windows weren’t there when the camp was liberated; they were added later.

Young people want to get their money’s worth when they pay for a guided tour of Dachau.  They don’t want to hear the truth.