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January 4, 2013

the location of “the little red house,” the first gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:35 am

Someone who is writing a book emailed me, looking for information about “the little red house,” which was the first building used as a gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau. I don’t know the location of this alleged gas chamber, but there are many well-informed people following my blog, who might know.

When I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau for the first time in 1998, I was told by my tour-guide that the locations of “the little white house” and “the little red house” were unknown.  When I returned to Auschwitz in 2005, the location of “the little white house” had been found, and the ruins had been reconstructed.  My 2005 photo of the ruins of “the little white house” is shown below.

Ruins of Bunker #2, the little white house

Ruins of Bunker #2, the little white house

In trying to find the location of “the little red house,” the logical place to start would be the website of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.  According to information, given by the Museum in 1999, a “farm house” now stands in the location of the “little red house” which was apparently torn down. (The “farm house” built on the location has now also been torn down.)  You can see a photo of the alleged location of “the little red house” on the website of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum website here.

According to this website:  ” A blueprint of the prisoner-of-war camp [at Birkenau] shows that Kammler decided to locate the new crematorium in the north-western corner of Birkenau, adjacent to an abandoned cottage that had belonged to a Polish peasant named Wiechuja. The interior of this cottage, known as “the little red house,” was converted into two gas chambers within a few weeks…

On my trip to Auschwitz in 2005, I went to the “north-western corner of Birkenau” where “the new crematorium,” that was mentioned in the quote above, was located.  My 2005 photo of Krema V in the “north-western corner of Birkenau” is shown below.

The ruins of Krema V at Birkenau

The ruins of Krema V at Birkenau

The alleged location of “the little red house” and the mass graves of the victims who died during the typhus epidemic in 1942 is shown on the right side of the photo in the area now covered with trees.

Former SS headquarters at Birkenau is now a Catholic church

Former SS headquarters at Birkenau is now a Catholic church

The photo above shows the SS headquarters, built in 1944 at Birkenau, which has been converted into a Catholic church and a school.  This building is located about a quarter of a mile north of the red brick gatehouse, which is the entrance into the Birkenau camp; the gatehouse is on this same road, but on the opposite side. The road that goes past this building is used by the residents of the village of Birkenau.

In the photo above, the road in the foreground is inside the former Birkenau camp. A barrier gate prevents cars from driving into the former camp. The road in the foreground leads to the ruins of the gas chambers in Krema IV and Krema V, which are on each side of this road. Before these gas chambers were put into operation in the summer of 1943, trucks brought the Jews from the Judenrampe down this road to the “little red house” where the first gassings allegedly took place. Krema V was built on the north side of the Birkenau camp, on the right side of the road that begins at the SS administration building, which is now a Catholic Church. On the left side of this road is Krema IV.
The road that ends at Krema IV and Krema V is parallel to the main camp road, which ends at Krema II and Krema III on the south side of the camp. “The little red house,” called Bunker 1, was used as a gas chamber before Krema IV and Krema V were built.  The bodies of the gassed prisoners were allegedly burned in ditches nearby.  Both times, when I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, I observed that this area is extremely wet.  I remarked to my tour guide, that this whole area is like a bog garden, a place where only plants that love water will grow.  This would be the last place to try to burn bodies in a ditch.

According to Holocaust historians, gassing in Krema V did not begin until the summer of 1943. The crematory ovens in Krema IV and Krema V broke down almost immediately and the bodies had to be burned in pits, located north of the Krema V building.

The gas chamber in Krema V was disguised as a shower room, as was the gas chamber in Krema IV. There was only one real shower room for the prisoners in this section of the Birkenau camp; the shower room was in the Central Sauna building, which is across the road from Krema IV. A display board near the water treatment plant, close to Krema III, says that there were 90,000 prisoners at Birkenau. With so few shower rooms for 90,000 people, the prisoners would have had to wait for weeks for a shower.

Some readers of my blog might be thinking, by now, that there were no little houses, of any color, that were used for gassing prisoners at Birkenau.  If the Germans had started gassing prisoners at Birkeanu in 1942, would they have converted two old farm houses into gas chambers?  I don’t think so.  They would have brought in some of the best German engineers and built the world’s best gas chambers.  They would not have thrown gas pellets through the windows of some old farm house.

Strangely, the two old farmhouses were allegedly located on either side of one of the two major roads into the Birkenau camp; this was the road that was used to bring trucks, loaded with Jews, from the Judenrampe into the camp, before the railroad line was extended into the camp.  Many survivors tell stories of how they escaped the gas chambers by jumping off the truck.

What do the Holocaust revisionists say about the two old farmhouses that were allegedly used as gas chambers?  One of the foremost revisionists is Carlo Mattogno who has written a book entitled The Bunkers of Auschwtiz,  Black propaganda versus History.

This quote is a description from the book by Carlo Mattogno:

The so-called “Bunkers” at Auschwitz-Birkenau are claimed to have been the first homicidal gas chambers at Auschwitz specifically erected for this purpose in early 1942. ….. Carlo Mattogno has combed tens of thousands of documents from the Auschwitz construction office — to conclude that these “Bunkers” never existed.

You can read an article on the Internet, written by Carlo Mattogno, here.

David Irving, who has written many books about World War II, went to Auschwitz and tried to find the location of “the little red house.”  He was doing research for a book about Heinrich Himmler.  There is a YouTube video of Irving at the alleged location of  “the little red house.”  The alleged location of “the little red house” seems to be far from Krema V.  You can hear Irving say: “I am so skeptical about this.” The video shows what appears to be markers where “the little red house” was located and a sign board that tells the story.

42 Comments »

  1. “the atrocities [at Dachau] can now be declared openly?” I didn’t know that there was a time when “the atrocities” at Dachau could NOT be declared openly. I think that what she means is that the alleged atrocities at Dachau can now be DENIED OPENLY.

    Comment by Albert Allen — January 15, 2013 @ 10:29 am

  2. Beside Exterminationist fables, does someone know what was the real purpose(s) of the “Little Houses”?

    Comment by hermie — January 5, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    • Mattogno states in the article FG linked, that numerous houses around the expanding Birkenau camp were commandeered by the Germans. Some were given to officers to live in, and others were just left empty.

      Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 6, 2013 @ 6:25 am

      • I was going to mention this, but you beat me to it. The Birkenau camp was set up in a location where seven small villages were torn down. It makes sense that they would have left a few houses for the SS men to live in.

        Comment by furtherglory — January 6, 2013 @ 6:54 am

      • “numerous houses around the expanding Birkenau camp were commandeered by the Germans. Some were given to officers to live in, and others were just left empty.”

        Is it known if the Little Red House and the Little White House were left empty or given to officers after they were commandeered? Or maybe were they immediately destroyed after being commandeered? I suppose Mattogno would have mentionned it if it was known.

        Comment by hermie — January 6, 2013 @ 8:17 am

  3. Just found this map: http://www.deathcamps.org/gas_chambers/pic/bigauschwitz05.jpg

    Don’t know if it’s correct and if it helps.

    Comment by hermie — January 5, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    • This map looks about right. “The little red house” was supposedly west of Krema V. The map shows a road to “the little red house.” The road is at the northern end of the Mexico section. I don’t remember that road being there when I visited Auschwitz. I thought that “the little red house” had been located off in the boondocks, with no road to it, but apparently I was wrong.

      Comment by furtherglory — January 5, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    • It correctly indicates the location of the memorial plaques to Bunker 1 erected in the 21st century. But that aerial photo was taken in 1944, and according to Dr. Franciszek Piper of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum:

      “… the Germans tore down the Little Red House in 1943. Not a trace of it remained; the Germans did not leave even a bit of its foundation there”
      http://vho.org/tr/2003/2/Mattogno176-183.html

      As I learnt from the Mattogno article FG linked to in his post (something Pressac also noted) the Soviets put Bunker 1 in a completely difference spot to where the museum now claims it was:

      http://www.holocaust-history.org/auschwitz/pressac/technique-and-operation/page179.shtml

      Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 5, 2013 @ 10:16 am

      • Mattogno’s article shows a map, and on the map, there is no road between Krema IV and Krema V, as there is today. However, the map does show a road going to “the little red house.” This makes sense, since during the time that the Jews were unloaded from the transport trains at the Judenrampe, they were allegedly taken in trucks to “the little red house.” My question is: When was the road extended from the SS administration building to Krema IV and Krema V?

        Comment by furtherglory — January 5, 2013 @ 10:36 am

  4. I have a photograph of the little red house along with the little white house – they are original photographs and taken in the early days when the nazis experimented in these two builds on the speed and efficiency of carbon monoxide poisoning as opposing to shooting their victims. I obtained them in Poland when researching the area.

    Comment by mogseyward — January 4, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    • Liar.

      Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 4, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

      • Wow! Happy New Year to you too xx.

        Simply because you may/ may not be privy to such primary source material, it doesn’t mean that the rest of the world doesn’t have access; I travel the world in my zest for primary source material; especially in this field. I have the evidence for my statement. You have no evidence for your statement.

        Comment by mogseyward — January 4, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

      • Hey Mogseyward you have been promising to ” dig these photos out” for several months from your previous blog entries. Still waiting ! you are a fraud.

        Comment by Pete — January 5, 2013 @ 3:09 am

      • Even the Auschwitz museum doesn’t have photos of the Bunkers. You seriously expect people to believe you do!

        Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 5, 2013 @ 5:49 am

    • “I have a photograph of the little red house along with the little white house – they are original photographs and taken in the early days when the nazis experimented in these two builds on the speed and efficiency of carbon monoxide poisoning as opposing to shooting their victims. I obtained them in Poland when researching the area.”

      Sorry. But Bunker 1 and 2 (“the Little Houses”) supposely killed with Zyklon B (from the very beginning). No carbon monoxide at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Hoess allegely witnessed carbon monoxide was not efficient (lethal) enough at Treblinka and so decided to use Zyklon B at Auschwitz. Get your facts straight.

      One thing is certain: you’re not a scholar as you claimed you were, mogseyward.

      Comment by hermie — January 4, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

      • You are absolutely right about Zyklon B and Carbon monoxide and the use of both. The little white house and the red house were the first experimental stages; carbon monoxide was used in both trucks then progressed to these two houses. It wasn’t efficient or lethal enough but they continued using it – killing thousands of people in this method. The bunker in Birkenau I (in the garden of Hoess’s house) was the first bunker that was restructured into a gas chamber – after successful experimentation of carbon and then progression into zyklon B in both the white house and red house. You say ‘supposely’ it’s ‘supposedly’, however they did not use Zyklon B in these two houses from the beginning – they only used Zyklon B after carbon monoxide poisoning was still not efficient enough for their purposes – mass killing.

        I won’t respond to the ‘scholar’ comment Hermie, other than I’ve probably filed away more than you’ve read.

        Comment by mogseyward — January 4, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

        • “You are absolutely right about Zyklon B and Carbon monoxide and the use of both. ”

          Well tried. But as I previously wrote, no carbon monoxide in the Auschwitz mythology. Zyklon B from the beginning to the end.

          “however they did not use Zyklon B in these two houses from the beginning – they only used Zyklon B after carbon monoxide poisoning was still not efficient enough for their purposes – mass killing.”

          According to Hoess’ extracted false ‘confession’:

          “Two farm-houses which were in a secluded part of Birkenau area were sealed and converted into gas chambers with strong wooden doors, and the windows bricked up. […] In front of the farm-houses all had to undress behind erected walls made from brushwood. On the doors “Desinfektionsraum” (Disinfection room”) was painted. The Unterscharführers on duty had to tell the people by interpreters that they had to have a close eye on their belongings so that they can be found again after the delousing. This calmed the people, and they were fooled into thinking, they really were going to be deloused. Then the naked entered the rooms, according to the size between 200-300 people. The doors were screwed shut and 1-2 cans Zyklon B scattered in through small openings. This was a grainy mass of prussic acid. The gassing lasted 3-10 minutes, depending on the weather. After half an hour the doors were opened and the corpses were pulled out by a prisoners command which permanently worked there; then the corpses were cremated in pits.”

          Do you see carbon monoxide anywhere?

          Carbon moxide still efficient for their purposes – mass killings? According to Hoess and others, carbon monoxide was generated by diesel engines. But diesel engines generates too low CO levels. So these CO gas chambers are another hoax. Mass killings with diesel exhausts. What a joke…

          Comment by hermie — January 4, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

        • You wrote: “The bunker in Birkenau I (in the garden of Hoess’s house) was the first bunker that was restructured into a gas chamber”

          The word “bunker,” as used in Holocaust terminology means a prison INSIDE a concentration camp. This quote is from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website page about Buchenwald: “The detention area, also known as the Bunker, was located at the entrance to the main camp.”

          A photo of the Buchenwald “bunker” can be seen here: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/40027025

          Hoess’s house had a garden, but his house and garden were just outside the main Auschwitz camp. I wrote about the house where Hoess lived on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/the-grandson-of-rudolf-hoess-is-still-bothered-by-the-shame-associated-with-his-family-name/

          The main Auschwitz camp had a “bunker” which was in Block 11, but as far as I know, there was no “bunker” at Birkenau.

          Comment by furtherglory — January 5, 2013 @ 5:49 am

          • Here’s a few pictures of the “Punishment bunker” at Treblinka I:


            And the Neuengamme “Detention bunker”:
            http://winstonsmithministryoftruth.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-ad-hoc-gas-chamber-at-neuengamme.html

            Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 5, 2013 @ 7:47 am

            • This website http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/augas.html uses the terms Bunker 1 and Bunker 2 for “the little red house” and “the little white house.” Apparently, the term Bunker was used, by the Germans, to mean a farm house where Jews were gassed, as well as to mean a prison within a concentration camp.

              Rudolf Hoess wrote that there was an orchard near one of the houses where Jews were killed. I don’t think that the Nazis would have put a gas chamber near an orchard because of the danger of killing the fruit trees. Did these “bunkers” at Birkenau have a 40 ft. vent pipe to vent the gas out of the gas chamber? If not, this whole set-up would have been very dangerous. Also, did the Bunkers at Birkenau have a way to heat the gas in winter?

              Comment by furtherglory — January 5, 2013 @ 9:09 am

              • “did the Bunkers at Birkenau have a way to heat the gas in winter?”

                According to Hoess there was none: “Two farm-houses which were in a secluded part of Birkenau area were sealed and converted into gas chambers with strong wooden doors, and the windows bricked up. […] The gassing lasted 3-10 minutes, depending on the weather.”

                “Rudolf Hoess wrote that there was an orchard near one of the houses where Jews were killed. I don’t think that the Nazis would have put a gas chamber near an orchard because of the danger of killing the fruit trees. ”

                “It was an unplastered brick building with a tile roof (which explains its nickname, the “little red house”). […] The building was surrounded by fruit trees. Nearby stood a barn and two barracks that were constructed during conversion work.” (“Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp,” Gutman and Berenbaum)

                Comment by hermie — January 5, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

            • Thanks for the links to these photos. When I visited Treblinka, there were some teenagers there who went on to the Treblinka I camp, after seeing Treblinka II. I could have tagged along, but I didn’t. Treblinka I was a labor camp, so it had a punishment bunker. The Jews did not stay long at Treblinka II which was either a transit camp or an extermination camp where Jews were killed immediately upon arrival. So there was no need for a punishment bunker at Treblinka II.

              Comment by furtherglory — January 5, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    • “I have a photograph of the little red house along with the little white house – they are original photographs and taken in the early days ”

      Can we now see your rare picture or must we see as another Holocaust liar?

      Comment by hermie — January 19, 2013 @ 9:21 am

  5. “D1 – Site of first temporary Gas Chamber (Bunker 1)” reads the map/museum sign I photographed in Birkenau on Jan 17, 2012:

    Looking at the 3d photo you linked to on the AB museum’s website, it’s here, between the houses, across the road from the Mexico part of Birkenau. These houses surrounding the ‘little red house’ memorial, sit on ground which was once part of the Mexico section of Birkenau.
    http://goo.gl/maps/Ux6dx

    It’s looks like I was incorrect when I labelled these photos. This isn’t the ‘the little red house’ memorial, it’s a Soviet POW memorial. Very sloppy. The only thing I’d offer in my defence, is that the memorial was so iced over, I couldn’t even tell what languages the engravings were in.
    http://auschwitz-2012.blogspot.be/2012/01/auschwitz-2-bunker-1.html

    What I mistakenly thought was the ‘little red house’ memorial, is 236 metres west-south-west of actual ‘little read house’ memorial.
    http://goo.gl/maps/rdGg2

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 4, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    • I’ll wait until tomorrow until I correct my error. Give everyone a chance to tut at my incompetence.

      Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 4, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

      • I’ve now corrected it.

        Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 5, 2013 @ 7:58 am

        • I would have corrected it for you, as I have the ability to edit comments to correct mistakes, but I knew that you wanted to leave it for a day or two. Let me know if you want me to correct spelling mistakes, or other minor errors.

          Comment by furtherglory — January 5, 2013 @ 9:19 am

          • Thanks FG. WordPress is rather unforgiving for commentators, at least Blogspot give people the option to delete their own comments. But I can live with the odd spelling error.

            I was referring to the error on my Auschwitz2012 blog, where I posted photos of the POW memorial incorrectly claiming they were of the Little Red House (Bunker 1) memorial. Rather a big mistake. But I’ve fixed it now.

            Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 5, 2013 @ 10:42 am

            • If anyone wants to delete their own comment, e-mail me at mail@scrapbookpages.com and I will delete it for you. In rare cases, I would delete someone else’s comment if it is extremely offensive to one of the regulars who comment on my blog.

              Comment by furtherglory — January 5, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

  6. Hi, this is Rachael, the one who has been e-mailing you. Thanks for creating a blog entry about this. It will be interesting to hear what others have to say. There most definitely was a “little red house.” You may think I’m crazy, but the book I’m finishing up is about a recurring dream I’ve had since I was a young child: walking through the woods to a red brick house with a wooden door where my life ended. I visited Birkenau two years ago, and the memorial to this little red house is most definitely in the wrong location. Just a hunch I had. In my dreams it was a little pathway surrounded by pine trees all around, pretty hidden and further away from the camp than where the memorial is now.

    Comment by R — January 4, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    • “In my dreams it was a little pathway surrounded by pine trees all around, pretty hidden and further away from the camp than where the memorial is now.”

      Are you saying you think you’re a reincarnated ‘Holocaust victim’?

      Have you already read “Beyond the Ashes: Cases of Reincarnation from the Holocaust” and ” From Ashes to Healing: Mystical Encounters with the Holocaust” by Rabbi Yonassan Gershom?

      Comment by hermie — January 4, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

      • I actually never read it, but I got the gist of the book. I’ve spoken to him a couple times about the topic. To all the other people totally denying what I said, think what you want, doesn’t phase me. It was only a few years ago when I found out about this gas chamber, and nearly passed out when I saw the interactive video on the holocaust site or wherever it was. Exactly like it was in my dream. Can’t make these things up or anything like that when the dreams began before I even knew what the holocaust was as a 5 year old.

        Comment by R — January 5, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

        • A psychologist would tell you that re-occurring dreams are a manifestation of “wishful thinking.” In other words, you are dreaming about something that you are afraid to do in real life, or that you want to do in real life. Were you so unhappy, at the age of five, that you wanted to end your life?

          Comment by furtherglory — January 6, 2013 @ 6:03 am

        • Do you remember how you were gassed? If so, can you describe how the gassing happened?

          Comment by hermie — January 6, 2013 @ 9:04 am

          • I’d be interested to know why Rachel didn’t lie about her age; seems to have worked for everyone else…

            Comment by DB — January 6, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    • Dear Rachel, you probably are mixing up the story of the little red house with the fable of little red riding hood . Although of ancient origin the fable was reworked by the Brothers Grimm in the middle of the 19th century. Coincidentally another Grimm fable provided inspiration for the Holocaust; In Hansel and Gretel the wicked witch is thrown alive into the oven!

      Comment by Pete — January 4, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    • A reincarnated holocau$t victim. And a gassed holocau$t victim. Hhmmm……..how long do they spend in heaven? Do they have time to spread their amazing tales up there before they reappear down here ?

      Comment by DB — January 4, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    • The pictures to the little white house and the little red house – and they are original – have no pretty pathways, but at there are pathways to both.

      I’ll upload the pictures to a website facility that I use.

      Comment by mogseyward — January 4, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

      • No pictures exist and Moyseyward you are a fraud and liar.

        Comment by Pete — January 5, 2013 @ 3:40 am


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