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December 10, 2012

British students “walk into Crematorium II” at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:02 pm

On Thursday [Nov. 22, 2012] 200 students from north London schools visited Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons From Auschwitz.  This was reported by the Islington Tribune newspaper in an article written by Pavan Amara.

This quote is from what Pavan Amara wrote in the Islington Tribune:

With that, we enter the death camp Birkenau.  […]

As we walk into Crematorium II, Liza Pacarda of Parliament Hill School notes the average everything, apart from the ovens next door used to dispose of the bodies.

She says:  They [the prisoners] would have seen these pipes at the top, really would have thought they were taking a shower.  I can’t get over the lies, they were numbing my mind.  They were told to remember their clothes pegs before they went in there… why?  When the officers knew they were going to die?  It’s beyond words.  I couldn’t describe it in one word, I couldn’t describe it in 10 words.  This isn’t [a human experience], but what is it? I can’t decide.  We hear the Nazis were monsters, they were so average, but if you believe that, it’s frightening because if they weren’t monsters, they were humans, which means what?

I was amazed to read this description of the underground ruins of Crematorium II at Birkenau.  Did the students actually walk into the ruins of the Crematorium II gas chamber at Birkenau?  It is clear that the gas chamber being described is not Krema I in the main camp, which is at ground level.  There are no pipes on the ceiling of Krema I, which is shown in my 2005 photo below.

Reconstructed gas chamber in Krema I in the Auschwitz main camp

Reconstructed gas chamber in Krema I in the Auschwitz main camp

The ruins of Krema II at Birkenau

The collapsed roof of Crematorium II at Birkenau.  The gas chamber is 5 feet underground

I know that it is possible to enter the ruins of Crematorium II, by crawling through a hole in the collapsed roof.  Fred Leuchter and Germar Rudolf (two famous revisionists) climbed down into the ruins many years ago, but I had no idea that it is now possible for British students to “walk into” Krema II, the “Holy of Holies,” where 500,000 Jews were gassed.

Ruins of Krema II at Birkeanau

Ruins of Krema II at Birkeanau —the gas chamber was 5 feet underground

It has been 7 years since I photographed the ruins of Krema II, but apparently, there is now a hole cut into the roof of the ruins, so that British students can walk down a ramp into the underground space.

The British student described the ovens next to the gas chamber.  The photos below show the ruins of the room where the ovens were located.  The ovens were removed by the Nazis before the building was blown up.

Ruins of the oven room at Krema II in Birkenau

Ruins of the oven room at Krema II in Birkenau have been propped up because they are collapsing

Another view of the oven room which was above ground

Another view of the oven room which was above ground

Ruins of the undressing room of Krema II which was 5 feet underground

Ruins of the undressing room of Krema II which was 5 feet underground

Ruins of Krema II at Birkeanu

Ruins of Krema II at Birkeanu

6 Comments

  1. By dint of dropping gas bombs in the gas chamber, is it any wonder that it blew up in the end?

    Comment by Eager For Answers — December 11, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    • Thanks for the link to the video. At the start of the video, my photo of the Mauthausen gas chamber is shown as a Holocaust survivor says: “First they went to a shower, then they dropped a gas bomb in and then they cremated them, okay. That’s what happened to my mother and three siblings,” Ben Fainer, a Holocaust survivor tells four students.

      The gas chamber at Mauthausen was a real shower room. There was no “gas bomb” dropped into the shower room at Mauthausen. No, the gas was put in by putting some Zyklon-B on a hot brick on the other side of the shower room wall. You can read about the Mauthausen gas chamber on a previous blog post at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/who-were-the-nazi-gas-chamber-engineers/

      Note that the photo of a shower room in the video is my photo which I included in my blog post about the Nazi gas chamber engineers.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 11, 2012 @ 10:22 am

      • I was puzzled imagining hasbarists reading your blog; actually your pictures rank first in a gas chamber Mauthausen query.

        Congratulations! They definitely will appear again.

        You should demand compensation, not for the sake of property or money, of course, but just to restore justice.

        By the way, Ben Fainer, who lost there his mother and three siblings forgot to fill a form in the Yad Vashem Database.

        Comment by Eager For Answers — December 11, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

  2. “I can’t get over the lies, they were numbing my mind.” — Liza Pacarda of Parliament Hill School

    I can sympathise with that.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 10, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

  3. If the Nazis destroyed Krema II “to erase all traces of their crimes” as we’re said today, why is the alleged “gas chamber” (morgue) the only room of the building that was damaged but not totally destroyed? Wouldn’t they have focused their destruction of Krema II precisely on that room?

    The Nazis were not very good at building efficient homicidal gas chambers (a guy pouring insecticide pellets on the cold ground of an underground room through a roof vent), but it seems they were not very good at destroying them either… 😉

    Comment by hermie — December 10, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    • Actually, the Nazis did focus on the gas chamber room of Krema II. According to testimony at the David Irving lawsuit trial, the Nazis came back to the Auschwitz camp on January 20ieth, after they had marched out of the camp on January 18th, and closed the holes in the roof of Krema II with concrete in order to destroy the evidence, before blowing it up. They closed the holes so skillfully that nothing can be seen of them today. Don’t try to deny this, or you could wind up in prison for 5 years, or 20 years if you deny this in Austria.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 11, 2012 @ 7:29 am


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