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May 18, 2014

Photos of Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau, then and now

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:46 am
1945 photo shows North view of the ruins of Krema II at Auschwitz

Old photo shows North view of the ruins of Krema II at Auschwitz

My 2005 photo of the collapsed roof of Krema II

My 2005 photo of the collapsed roof of Krema II shows the same view

The two photos above show how much the ruins of Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau have deteriorated over the years. The photo at the top of the page was borrowed from this website. Notice that there are many more trees in my 2005 photos.

This quote is from the website which shows the old photos on my blog post today:

Crematorium II in Auschwitz-Birkenau was based on a design by Architect Georg Werkmann as modified by Walter Dejaco. The central part of the building contained furnaces with a capacity of 1440 corpses per day. The gas chambers and undressing rooms were underground; the bodies were brought up by elevator. On Saturday, March 13, 1943, 1,492 women, children and elderly people from the Cracow ghetto were gassed and burned here in its inagural run. It was blown up by the Germans as they prepared to evacuate the camp in January 1945. The 4 crematoria in Auschwitz-Birkenau are examples of the application of industrial technology to the problem of mass murder.

Note that the bodies “were brought up by elevator” and that the “gas chamber and undressing rooms were underground.”  Was there a third room underground where the bodies were stored until they could be burned?  Not that I know of.  There were two German architects or engineers,  who worked on the design.  Did they forget to include a morgue in their design?

1945 West view photo of Krema II

1945 West view photo of Krema II

My 2005 photo of the ruins of Krema II

My 2005 photo of the West view of the ruins of Krema II

The two similar views of the Krema II gas chamber building at Auschwitz-Birkeanau, shown above, illustrate how much the ruins have changed and how more trees have been planted.

My 2005 photo shows another view of the ruins of Krema II

My 2005 photo shows another view of the ruins of Krema II

The photo above shows the building that is also shown on the left hand side of the old photo at the top of the page.

This quote is from the website, where I copied the old photos:

When the Germans destroyed crematorium I (sic) in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the walls blew out, leaving the roof to fall onto the foundation. The victims selected for death approached from the east, having walked from their train down a long street known at the lagerstrasse. Although the smell of burning flesh permeated the camp and flames could often be seen rising from the chimneys of the crematoria, the Nazis were usually succesful (sic) in deceiving the victims as to their immediate peril. Crematorium II stood next to Crematorium III, two brick buildings with squat, square chimneys. The victims were told to descend by stairway into the cellar which served as the undressing room. Signs in several languages said “To the Baths and Disinfecting Rooms,” “Cleanliness brings freedom” and “One louse may kill you.” Clothes were put on numbered hooks. The victims were then were sent to small vestibules where someone pointed to to the doors of a white-washed room resembling the one they had just left–in this room the showerheads were fake and several of the pillars were hollow with perforations to let out the gas.

Note that there was a “white-washed room” with “fake showerheads” on the ceiling and there were pillars in the room, “several” of which “were hollow with perforations to let out the gas.”  My 2005 photo of Krema III, which was the same design as Krema II, has what looks like a pillar in the ruins of the undressing room, although it is not “hollow with perforations to let out the gas.”  How did the gas pellets get into the hollow pillars?  There is no mention of holes in the roof, through which the gas pellets could have been poured.

My 2005 photo of Krema III shows columns in the ruins of the undressing room

My 2005 photo of the ruins of Krema III shows columns in the undressing room

The photo above shows the ruins of the undressing room in Krema III, which was a mirror image of Krema II.  The columns appear to be concrete, and not perforated.  The grass in the background is the location of the soccer field, where the prisoners played against a team of SS soldiers, while the victims were being gassed, only a few yards away.

My 2005 photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber

My 2005 photo of the ruins of the Krema III gas chamber shows concrete columns

On the blueprint of Krema III, the gas chamber was called Leichenkeller 1 (Corpse Cellar # 1). In the photo above, one can see the solid concrete columns that once supported the roof of the gas chamber. When the gas chamber was in use, it had holes in the roof through which the Zyklon-B gas pellets were poured into perforated columns.  These performated columns can no longer be seen today.

The photo immediately below is a still photo from the film taken by the Soviets in February 1945. In October 2005, I took the second photo below, which shows the same view as the old photo, except for the addition of more trees.

Old photo from a film taken by the Soviets in February 1945

Old photo from a film taken by the Soviets in February 1945

My 2005 photo of the ruins of Krema II

My 2005 photo of the ruins of Krema II

The photo below, which looks like two photos, side by side, shows the door into the alleged gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp, on the right hand side.

Soviet photo, taken  in February 1945 shows door into gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp

Photo which shows the alleged gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp

My 2005 photo of the door, into the Auschwitz main camp gas chamber, is shown below. When I visited Auschwitz in 1998, my tour guide told me that this was the original door into the gas chamber in the main camp.  Tourists are now told that this door was constructed when the room was changed into an air raid shelter for the Germans stationed at Auschwitz.

Air raid shelter door into Auschwitz main camp gas chamber

Air raid shelter door into Auschwitz main camp gas chamber

As I was writing this blog post, these words were going through my head:

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”  Sir Walter Scott, 1808

11 Comments »

  1. In common with all other material evidence, the physical remains of the concentration camps, altered and otherwise, can only lead to refutation of the Holocaust narrative that has dominated since the end of the war. This is why the physical remains seem to be surreptitiously melting away, and otherwise encouraged in their decay and ability to convey inconvenient truths to those willing (and able) to examine the remains in search of truth.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — June 6, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

  2. Are the third, fourth and fifth pictures photos of the alleged gas chamber of Krema II?

    If so, is somebody able to see square holes or traces of former square holes in the roof of that room????

    Comment by hermie — May 19, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    • The holes were there…….somebody told me, I think……I’m sure I saw them……honest…….but even if I didn’t….or even if they weren’t……they seem real……so they must be…..or were.

      Give me a break, I’m confused, I’m old, and I didn’t get many calories….

      Comment by DB — May 19, 2014 @ 9:07 am

    • The room that is shown in the third, fourth and fifth photos is the room above ground in Krema II where the ovens were located. The roof of the building was removed and the ovens were lifted out by a crane before the camp was abandoned. The undressing room and the alleged gas chamber were 5 feet underground with 3 feet of dirt on top of the ground. Auschwitz was located in an area where the water was close to the ground. That is why these rooms had to be only 5 feet underground.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 19, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

      • So that was the oven room. OK. Thank you.

        Comment by hermie — May 19, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

  3. The courageous and dedicated Frenchman Vincent Reynouard now finds his videos blocked on You Tube. His latest on the absurdities of the eye witness accounts of the flaming pits of cadavers at Auschwitz, ” Les fosses de cremation ” is yet again forensically skillfully argued . if you are going to burn hundreds of bodies you need to elevate them so that oxygen can be provided. This is what occurred at Dresden after the bombing when thousands of bodies needed to be burnt. They were placed on a metal grid which was elevated . if you throw them into a ” burning pit” they will not burn..

    http://www.sansconcessiontv.org/

    Comment by peter — May 18, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

    • I just went to YouTube and searched on “Vincent Reynouard.” I found numerous videos available which show him talking. We still have free speech in America. Maybe his videos are not available in other countries, but they can be seen in America.

      However, the videos in the link that you provided are not shown.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 19, 2014 @ 7:35 am

    • Peter wrote: “if you are going to burn hundreds of bodies you need to elevate them so that oxygen can be provided. This is what occurred at Dresden after the bombing when thousands of bodies needed to be burnt. They were placed on a metal grid which was elevated.”

      You and Mr Reynouard are right about the ridiculous burning pits. I only want to add that piling bodies on a metal grid like at Dresden and Ohrdruf wouldn’t have probably succeeded in burning bodies to ashes. Such pyres were probably enough to make contagious bodies safe, but not to burn them to ashes as what was allegedly done at the Reinhardt camps.

      Comment by hermie — May 19, 2014 @ 8:23 am

      • I also remember reading that women’s bodies burn better than men’s due to a higher fat content, and if I remember correctly, their bodies were placed under the men to assist the cremation

        Comment by DB — May 20, 2014 @ 11:24 am

  4. Let us think that the trees are in remembrance of the Victims; number of them can only be conjectured. At Auscwitz there should be only the silence of sorrow and respect.

    Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — May 18, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    • The silence of blind faith and uncritical thinking, you mean…

      Trees in remembrance of victims? Those trees were already there when a camp was built there. You’re a German-speaking Jew. I don’t need to tell you what “Birken” means in German and why that new camp was called “Birkenau”.

      Birch is one of the sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft, a magical tree for witches. Let’s rather think that those trees are an appropriate symbol for the Nuremberg Witchcraft-style ‘trials’ magically turning Birkenau into a Holy place of the new Holohoax religion after Allied victory. Agree?😉

      Comment by hermie — May 19, 2014 @ 8:16 am


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