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April 20, 2013

Vents in the ceiling of the gas chamber at the Auschwitz main camp

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: — furtherglory @ 9:38 am

I haven’t blogged, nor even touched my computer, for several days because I have been following the news about the Boston Marathon bombing.  When I checked my blog this morning, I saw that an old blog post about Block 10 at the Auschwitz main camp has been getting hundreds of hits. I suspected that Block 10 is in the news for some reason, so I began searching for any stories about Block 10.  I found nothing.

In the course of my searching, I did find an old news story about British students from Newcastle taking a HET tour of Auschwitz.  “Block 10” was mentioned in the story, but only because this building was not open to the students.

Vent hole in the ceiling of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Vent hole in the ceiling of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

This quote is from the news story about the student trip to Auschwitz:

STANDING on the same spot where so many perished, teenager Callum Easton peered up at a vent in the ceiling above his head.

This, he’s told by a guide, is where Nazi officers would pour pellets of Zyklon B, on to hundreds of naked, shivering and unsuspecting prisoners waiting to “take a shower”.

“It was a very direct link between us and them because it was the last thing that they would have ever seen,” said Callum, a history student at Newcastle College.

The 17-year-old added: “Standing in the same place where so many people died, and peering up the large vent, was very poignant.”

One of the four vent holes in the ceiling of the Auschwitz gas chamber

One of the four vent holes in the ceiling of the Auschwitz gas chamber

Were these students told that the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp is a RECONSTRUCTION?  The vent holes in the ceiling of the gas chamber are an example of Soviet engineering, but for 50 years, tourists were told that the gas chamber was original.

Holocaust deniers were put in prison for denying that the gas chamber was original.  Which brings me to an article about Holocaust denial on the online Washington Examiner, which you can read in full here.

This quote is from the article, which is entitled “Credo: Diane Saltzman, director of survivor affairs at the [US] Holocaust museum”:

It’s amazing to think that some doubt the Holocaust happened.

There are people that deny it because they are completely ignorant. And then for others, I don’t think most deny because they really don’t believe. I think they deny because they hate. Holocaust denial is a form of anti-Semitism. The Holocaust is the most well-documented crime in human history. There are millions and millions of pages of documents, of photographs, much of it created by the perpetrators themselves. There is no absence of true, reliable, authentic documentation of what happened, so there must be some other reason of why people choose to deny the Holocaust, and its roots are in anti-Semitism. You deny someone’s history, you deny their right to exist.

The point that I am trying to make, in my blog post today, is this:  Don’t deny that the Nazis poured Zyklon-B pellets, through vents on the ceiling, onto the heads of the Jews, who were expecting a shower in a room where there were no shower heads, or you will be called anti-Semitic, or worse.