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May 5, 2014

Dachau gas chamber was a “windowless room”…

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:56 am
Dachau gas chamber

Dachau gas chamber

According to Pfc. Harold Porter, a medic with the U.S. Army’s 116th Evacuation Hospital, the gas chamber found by the American liberators of Dachau, on April 29, 1945, was a “windowless room.”

You can read the entire letter, which Pfc. Porter wrote to his parents from Dachau here.

This quote from the letter, which Pfc. Porter wrote to his parents, describes what he called the “execution chamber” at Dachau:

Behind the furnace was the execution chamber, a windowless cell twenty feet square with gas nozzles every few feet across the ceiling. Outside, in addition to the huge mound of charred bone fragments, were the carefully sorted and stacked clothes of the victims – which obviously numbered in the thousands. Although I stood there looking at it, I couldn’t believe it. The realness of the whole mess is just gradually dawning on me, and I doubt if it will ever on you.

Two little windows on the east wall of the Dachau gas chamber

Two little windows on the east wall of the Dachau gas chamber

What in the hell is he talking about?  Of course, there were windows in the gas chamber. In 2007, I photographed the two little windows, shown in the photo above and in the two photos below, in the Dachau gas chamber

My 2007 photo of one of the openings on the  wall of the Dachau gas chamber

My 2007 photo of one of the openings on the wall of the Dachau gas chamber

Another opening on the wall of the Dachau gas chamber

Another opening on the wall of the Dachau gas chamber

Technically, these two openings on the wall of the Dachau gas chamber are not windows; there is no glass covering the openings. The openings were connected to chutes on the wall outside the gas chamber.  According to the tour guides at Dachau, these openings were used to put Zyklon-B pellets into the gas chamber.

Piles of clothing at Dachau prove that thousands of Jews were killed in the gas chamber

Piles of clothing at Dachau prove that thousands of Jews were killed in the gas chamber

According to Pfc. Porter, the gas came through “gas nozzles” on the ceiling.  Actually, the Zyklon-B gas was in the  form of pellets, which could not go through a nozzle. My photo below shows one of the nozzles on the ceiling of the Dachau gas chamber.

My 2001 photo of the last remaining shower nozzle in Dachau gas chamber

My 2001 photo of the last remaining shower nozzle in Dachau gas chamber

Is it possible that the US Army constructed the two little windows on the wall of the Dachau gas chamber, after they learned that the gas could not have come  through the shower heads?  No, no, no! Americans would never do something like that.  Don’t even suggest this in the 19 countries which have laws against Holocaust denial, or you might end up in prison for 5 years.

The family of Harold Porter should keep his letter private, lest he be indicted for Holocaust denial posthumously. Even worse, he could be accused of implicating the US Army in the construction of the little windows in the Dachau “execution room” AFTER the camp was liberated.