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March 16, 2013

The first gassing of prisoners by the Nazis took place in Block 11 at Auschwitz

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:02 pm
Block 11 at Auschwitz where the first gassing allegedly took place

Block 11 at Auschwitz where the first gassing allegedly took place

A reader of my blog recently made a comment in which the issue of the first gassing of prisoners by the Nazis was brought up:

The First Gassing at Auschwitz: Genesis of a Myth: http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v09/v09p193_Mattogno.html

The article in the above link, written by Carlo Mattogno, is quite long, but I have quoted part of it below:

The First Gassing at Auschwitz: Genesis of a Myth
Carlo Mattogno

Paper Presented to the Ninth International Revisionist Conference.

Introduction

The story of the Auschwitz gas chambers begins, notoriously, with the experimental gassing of approximately 850 individuals, which supposedly took place in the underground cells of Block 11 within the main camp on September 3, 1941.

Danuta Czech in Kalendarium der Ereignisse im Konzentrationslager Auschwitz-Birkenau (Calendar of Events in the Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau), describes it in the following way:

“3.9. [September 3] For the first time, experiments in mass murder through the use of Cyclon B [sic] gas were conducted in the concentration camp of Auschwitz.

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This account, in support of which Danuta Czech gives no documentary proof, is nonetheless accepted with an exemplary lack of criticism by all Exterminationist historians. This is even more surprising in that the alleged gassing in Block 11 of Auschwitz would constitute the very beginning of the process that would subsequently lead to the gas chambers of the crematoria of Birkenau. The intermediate steps of that process were the mortuary chambers of Crematorium I of the Main Camp and the so-called “Bunkers” 1 and 2 of Birkenau. The Block II “gassing,” then, by the canons of Exterminationism, initiated the greatest murder operation of all times.

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We will begin with the exposition of these sources.
I. The Sources

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2. The Sources from the Postwar Period

Four witnesses, as far as we can determine, have confirmed the reality of the first gassing by giving specific descriptions: Josef Vacek, eye-witness; Rudolf Höss, indirect witness; Zenon Rozanski, eye-witness; Wojciech Barcz, eye-witness. To these is added the report of inquiry by the Polish Commission of Investigation on German crimes at Auschwitz.

[…]

E. THE REPORT OF THE POLISH INVESTIGATION COMMISSION

In a publication issued in 1946, the Central Commission for investigation of German Crimes in Poland presented the following account of the first gassing:

“All of these methods used in killing were not enough to absorb all superfluous prisoners, and, above all, they could not resolve the problem of freeing themselves of hundreds of thousands of Jews. This method was tried out in the summer of 1941 in the coal- cellars of Block XI on about 250 patients from the hospital blocks and about 600 prisoners of war.

After the victims had been put there, the windows of the cellars were covered with earth, and afterwards an SS man in a gas-mask poured the contents of a can of cyclon on the floor and locked the door. Next afternoon Palitzsch, wearing a gas-mask, opened the door and found that some of the prisoners were still alive. More cyclon was accordingly poured out, and the doors locked again, to be reopened next evening, when all the prisoners were dead.”[15]

Did you catch that?  “… the windows of the cellars were covered with earth…” and “an SS man in a gas-mask poured the contents of a can of cyclon on the floor and locked the door”

"window wells" of Block 11 are shown along the foundation of the building

“window wells” of Block 11 are shown along the foundation of the building

Allegedly dirt was put down into the concrete well around the window of room #27 in the basement of Block 11, which is shown in the photo above.  Maybe a Polish person would have put dirt down into a window well, where it would have been very hard to clean it out, but I don’t believe that a German person would have done something like that.  The photo below shows a window in a similar cell in Block 11.

window in the prison cell where Father Kolbe died

window in the prison cell where Father Kolbe died

Cell #27 in Block 11 where the first gassing allegedly took place

Cell #27 in Block 11 where the first gassing allegedly took place in 1941

Cell # 27, where the first gassing allegedly took place, was not open when I took this photo in 1998. As far as I know, tourists have never been allowed to see the inside of this prison cell where the first gassing took place.

Why don’t I believe that prisoners were gassed in Block 11 in September 1941?  For one thing, the “Final Solution” had not yet been planned.  It would have been completely stupid to test Cyklon-B in 1941, without an order from someone in authority in the Nazi hierarchy, and to throw the pellets on the floor of a prison cell where it would have been very hard to retrieve them, not to mention that it would have been hard to clean the dirt out of the window well.

In my opinion, it is time to lay this story to rest.  If this story is going to continue to be included in the official Holocaust history, at least let us see the inside of Cell #27.

Maybe a re-enactment of the first gassing should be conducted for the benefit of tourists.  Then everyone could see just how stupid this alleged first gassing was.