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November 18, 2012

the infamous Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 3:04 pm

With nothing better to do, I did some searching on the Internet today, and came across two blogs which feature photos of the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp.

I visited the Natzweiler-Struthof Memorial Site in the Fall of 2004 and took some photos, including the photo below, which shows a wooden bench, used for whipping prisoners.

Whipping block on display at Natzweiler Memorial Site

This blog shows a photo of the same bench with this caption:

Implements of torture, before waterboarding was in vogue. They just strapped you to this and removed body parts.

Not quite. The photo on the blog shows a bench used for whipping prisoners, not a bench for removing body parts.

Punishment of prisoners at Natzweiler and all the other concentration camps had to be approved by the WVHA economic office in Oranienburg, where Rudolf Hoess was a member of the staff after he was removed as the Commandant of Auschwitz in December 1943.

At the Nuremberg IMT, on April 15, 1946, Hoess testified that punishment on the whipping block was seldom used and that this punishment was discontinued in 1942 because Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler gave a new order that the SS men were forbidden to strike the prisoners.

On my trip to Natzweiler-Struthof in 2004, I took a photo of the exterior wall of a shower room, which is shown below.  The photo clearly shows water pipes entering the shower room.  In the lower right hand corner of the photo, you can see the rear of the cremation oven.

Water pipes on the outside wall of a shower room in Natzweiler

This blog shows a similar photo, which the blogger claims to be a photo of the interior of the gas chamber at Natzweiler.

This quote is from the blog, cited above:

In August 1943 a gas chamber was constructed in Natzweiler, in one of the buildings that had formed part of the hotel compound. The contractors for the project, Waffen –SS Natzweiler left behind a rare document in which, contrary to the coded terminology generally employed by the Nazis, specific mention was made of “the construction of a gas chamber at Struthof.”

This appeared in an invoice that the SS sent to the Strasbourg University Institute of Anatomy, charging it 236.08 Reichsmarks for the job. It was for the skeleton collection of the director of that institute, Professor August Hirt, that at least one hundred and thirty prisoners were transferred from Auschwitz to be killed in the Natzweiler gas chamber. Most of these prisoners were Jews.

Another member of the Strasbourg University faculty, Professor Otto Bickenbach, also availed himself of the Natzweiler gas chamber, to conduct experiments on prisoners with antidotes of phosgene, a poisonous gas.

The victims were Gypsies who had been transferred from Auschwitz, the previous year to serve as human guinea pigs for SS doctors experimenting with anti-typhus injections.

After my trip to Natzweiler-Struthof, I did a lot of research and wrote about the alleged gas chambers there on this page of my website.


  1. In 1945 Professor René Fabre, the Dean of the College of Pharmacy of Paris, examined this alleged gas chamber and autopsied 86 bodies of supposely gassed people. The Holocaust lobby naturally made his study disappear later but the thieves forgot to take another study by Dr Simonin, Dr Piedlièvre et Dr Fourcade. It was an anti-revisionist study but it quoted Pr Fabre’s conclusion. Pr Fabre had concluded that nobody had been gassed in the room described as a former gas chamber at Struthof-Natzweiller and that the 86 bodies found at the Anatomy Institute of Strasburg hadn’t been gassed.

    Comment by hermie — December 5, 2012 @ 3:09 am

  2. Furtherglory: excellent blog, well done!

    For the revisionists: (Pete in particular) several things the Germans were (and still are as Hitler did a fantastic job on them) is there sense of procedure and documenting everything they did; documentation, film, tatooing the numbers on inmates (those that were sent to work); The Stroop report is a damning report which showed absolute pride in the procedure of how, if a Jew retaliated in the ghetto, what became of them. What have the revisionists produced in terms of refutal apart from nit-picking at the odd word in a statement. So yes, Boo Hiss, for the banality of evil that you defend, even when all the evidence is stacked up against your ridiculous revisionism.

    Comment by mogseyward — November 23, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    • I am not aware of “all the evidence (that) is stacked up against revisionism.” Can you recommend a book that gives the evidence against revisionism? For example, what is the evidence that 6 million Jews died? What is the evidence that Hitler gave an order to genocide the Jews? What is the evidence that gas chambers were used? There is plenty of TESTIMONY by survivors, but testimony is not EVIDENCE. Much of the testimony was given in an affidavit and the person who made the affidavit was not available for questioning by the defense at Nuremberg or by the defense at the American Military Tribunal.

      There was a film shown at the Nuremberg IMT which was EVIDENCE that prisoners were gassed at Dachau. I blogged about the film at

      Comment by furtherglory — November 24, 2012 @ 7:38 am

  3. Apparently ….

    “Carlo Mattogno has recently accepted that the Nazis used poison gas in a gas chamber to kill Jews at Natzweiler in his book Schiffbruch. He continues to deny every other gas chamber, but he has accepted that a gas chamber was used to kill Jews – for the purposes of harvesting their skeletons for an anthropological collection. So if you want to debate gas chambers from a revisionist perspective, then first you might need to talk to Carlo Mattogno about why he conceded a gas chamber at all.”

    — Dr. Nick Terry, Defender of the Faith, Sept 12, 2012.

    Terry has been caught out being thoroughly dishonest in the past (littlegreyrabbit could explain), but he wouldn’t of written this if it wasn’t true. Mattogno & co. are soon to publish a book debunking Terry et al book on them. Terry wouldn’t of lied about this.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — November 18, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

  4. Well this story has everything for the gullible! It is on a par with the lampshades and soap fables. We have an evil doctor ( boo hiss) experimenting on innocent Jews dragged from Auschwitz, we also have the notorious Kramar making the mysterious gas himself! it must have been so much fun in US psychops in 1944 making all the fables up and thinking they would last for eternity….little did they know that the internet would break the monopoly.

    Comment by Pete — November 18, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

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