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June 3, 2014

the undressing room for the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:52 am
Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, looking toward the entrance into the room

As far as I know, there was no undressing room for the Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp.  I started thinking about this today when I read the following on the website of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum:  “… the morgue at crematorium I in the main camp was adapted for use as a gas chamber. Several hundred people at a time could be killed in this room.”

Note that there is no mention of an undressing room for the gas chamber in “crematorium I.” Before going into the gas chamber, the prisoners were told that they were going to take a shower.  They must have known that something was wrong when they were not told to take off their clothes.

Were the Jews herded into the Krema I gas chamber with their clothes on?  I don’t think so.  This would have been a tremendous waste of clothing at a time when Germany was being bombed into a pile of rubble, and there was a great shortage of clothing. It would have been very difficult to remove the soiled clothing from the dead bodies, after the gassing.  The German people are noted for being efficient; they do not make work for themselves by doing something stupid like gassing prisoners with their clothing on.

Remember the story of Josef Schillinger, an SS man who was shot by a woman prisoner when he ordered her to undress for the gas chamber?  I blogged about this at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/josef-schillinger-the-ss-man-who-was-shot-in-the-undressing-room-of-gas-chamber-2-at-auschwitz/

Entrance into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Entrance into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

The photo above shows the entrance into the crematorium in the main Auschwitz camp, which had a gas chamber (Krema I) in the morgue room.  There were 800 to 900 prisoners gassed at a time, but there was not enough space outside the building for that many people to undress.  If the women had been ordered to undress, outside the building, in front of the men, this could have resulted in a riot and possibly the killing of another SS man.

Filip Müller, a Sonderkommando Jew, who wrote a book entitled Eye Witness Auschwitz, Three years in the Gas Chambers, confirms  that the Jews entered the gas chamber in the main camp, with all their clothes on, and even carried their luggage with them into the Krema I gas chamber.

Strangely, the gas chambers at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp all had undressing rooms, even the temporary gas chambers in “the little white house” and “the little red house.”

This quote is from the website of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum:

In the spring of 1942, a second gas chamber went into operation in a specially adapted farmhouse whose owner had been expelled. The house stood outside the fence of the Birkenau camp, which was then under construction. Camp commandant Rudolf Höss and Adolf Eichmann, the Reich Main Security Office representative in charge of deportation to extermination center, close this house together during a visit by Eichmann.

The adaptation work involved partially walling up the windows and reconfiguring the interior. According to Höss, about 800 people at a time could be killed in the house. Two barracks for undressing were erected nearby. This gas chamber was withdrawn from service in the spring of 1943, after the entry into use of the new gas chambers at crematoria II-V.

A second house belonging to a farmer who had been expelled, and also standing outside the Birkenau camp fence, was adapted as a gas chamber in mid-1942. Höss estimated that 1,200 people at a time could be killed in this house. Three barracks for undressing were erected nearby. This gas chamber was also withdrawn from use in the spring of 1943. It was put back into use in the spring of 1944, at the time of the extermination of the Hungarian Jews.

The above quote shows that the Nazis realized the importance of an undressing room for a gas chamber.

Model of the Krema II gas chamber and undressing  room

Model of the Krema II gas chamber and undressing room

The photo above shows a model of the Krema II gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which is an exhibit in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. On the left is the underground undressing room. The gas chamber is shown on the right side of the photo. A small elevator was used to lift the bodies up to the cremation ovens, which were on the ground floor of the building.  On the left side of the photo above, there is an old black and white photo of the ovens in Krema II.

Ruins of the undressing room is on the right

Ruins of the undressing room of Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau are on the right, and the oven room ruins are in the foreground

The photo below shows a poster outside the Krema I gas chamber in  the main camp.

Poster outside the Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Poster outside the Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

The photo above shows a poster, which is located outside the gas chamber building in the Auschwitz main camp. On the left, the poster depicts the layout of the gas chamber building, as it originally looked, and on the right, the way it looked after the gas chamber was reconstructed by the Soviet Union in 1947.

The gas chamber room in the main Auschwitz camp was originally used as a morgue to store corpses prior to cremation in the ovens. According to the model on the poster, neither the gas chamber nor the morgue included the area where a washroom was once located. This means that the victims had to go through two small rooms to get to the gas chamber, and that neither the morgue, nor the gas chamber, had a floor drain since the only drain that can be seen today is in the washroom area of the reconstructed gas chamber. The gas chamber, as seen by tourists today, includes the area of the former washroom.

When the gas chamber building in the main camp was converted into an air raid shelter in September 1944, a new door was cut into the gas chamber room, as shown on the right hand side of the poster.

During the time that the building was used as an air raid shelter, the morgue room was divided into four small rooms. During the reconstruction in 1947, the walls of the small rooms in the morgue were removed, along with the wall of the small washroom. The washroom is designated by the letter b on the poster shown in the photo above. The wall of the washroom is shown as a dotted line in the diagram on the right, which shows the gas chamber the way it looks today.

The red arrow marks the present tourist entrance, which is the entrance through which the victims entered. The victims had to first walk through a small room which the poster says was a room for “storage for spare gratings” at that time. When the building was used as a morgue, this same room was used as a “laying out room.”

Why is all this important?  The devil is in the details.  When people start studying the details of the Holocaust, they turn into Holocaust deniers and become criminals in 19 different countries.  If you don’t want to become a criminal,  forget that I ever told you about the lack of an undressing room for the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp.

18 Comments »

  1. You recently had an article on your blog about professional skeptic Michael Shermer and his debate about the holocaust with Mark Weber. Shermer is in the news again. He has tried to have a book by David Cole banned because of the comments made in it about him. http://www.countercontempt.com/archives/5232 Cole is the Jewish revisionist who made the following documentary on Auschwitz back in 1992 – http://codoh.com/library/document/1001/

    Comment by Les — June 4, 2014 @ 1:42 am

  2. Allot of the death camps had help from Siemens who collaborated with the Nazis.
    At the height of the Nazi terror during the 1940s, it was’nt unusual for a slave worker to build electrical switches for Siemens in the morning and be snuffed out in a Siemens-made gas chamber in the afternoon.
    a few years ago, in an act of insensitity by Siemens that was so colossal it could blot out the sun, Siemens tried to trademark the name “Zyklon” with the intent of marketing a series of products under the name. Including gas ovens.
    Zyklon was the main gas used to kill people in the camps. What an insult.

    Comment by soulsearcher — June 3, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    • Hahahahahahahahahaha excellent post, excellent.

      Good old German efficiency yet again. Teach someone a trade in order to help the war effort…………………………..and then kill them.

      Nonsense

      Comment by DB — June 3, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    • You should have included the source for this information: http://www.elftown.com/~190039

      It is highly unlikely that a slave worker built switches for Siemens in the morning and was snuffed out in a Siemens-made gas chamber in the afternoon.

      The slave workers at Auschwitz were registered in the camp and given a camp number which was tattooed on their arm. The prisoners who were gassed were not registered and not tattooed with a number; for this reason, the names of the prisoners who were gassed are unknown.

      I previously blogged about the gas chamber engineers on this post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/who-were-the-nazi-gas-chamber-engineers/

      In the example that you gave, the name of the prisoner who worked in the morning and was gassed in the afternoon would be known. So what is his or her name?

      I wrote about a Siemens factory, which was located in a sub-camp of Monowitz, the Auschwitz III camp. It is on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/auschwitz-iii/

      There were no gas chambers at Monowitz, nor in the sub-camps of Monowitz.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 3, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    • soulsearcher wrote:-

      ” Including gas ovens”

      Really?

      Are these the same as what my mother cooks the roast beef in, and are present in a lot of kitchens nowadays?

      Or is it a cremation oven that gasses people?

      Please do explain!!

      Comment by DB — June 4, 2014 @ 1:46 am

      • No, these were not ovens like the ones in which you cook roast beef; these were gas-powered ovens in which bodies were burned in the concentration camps.

        On the old Hannity and Colmes TV show on 12/13/06, Alan Colmes showed a photo of two cremation ovens at Buchenwald, which had the remains of partially burned bodies visible, as he said to a guest on the show: “A number of people at this (Holocaust denier) conference and your organization have said things like ‘The gas chambers did not exist.’ I want to put up on the screen the furnaces (at Buchenwald) that were used to kill Jews.”

        I previously wrote a blog post, in which “gas ovens” were mentioned, as a method of killing Jews: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/george-mcgovern-wanted-to-bomb-the-gas-ovens-at-auschwitz/

        Comment by furtherglory — June 4, 2014 @ 7:32 am

    • soulsearcher wrote: “At the height of the Nazi terror during the 1940s, it was’nt unusual for a slave worker to build electrical switches for Siemens in the morning and be snuffed out in a Siemens-made gas chamber in the afternoon.”

      Siemens-made gas chambers? The Auschwitz alleged homicidal gas chambers were supposedly built by the company Topf und Söhne (compagny building crematory ovens). Logical to make a company specialized in incineration facilties build morgues (on the plans of the camps, the “gas chambers” and “undressing rooms” were morgues), not gas chambers. That job should logically have been done by the German chemical corporation Degesch ( Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schädlingsbekämpfung – German Corporation for Pest control). Degesch had the patent of the pesticide Zyklon B and Degesch had built many delousing gas chambers (using Zyklon B as a delousing agent). But it’s not what the ‘confessions’ extracted by the Soviets in 1945 said. So let’s say the Auschwitz alleged homicidal gas chambers were built by a manufacturer of crematory ovens and morgues, not by a manufaturer of chemical poisons and delousing gas facilities as it would have been logical. That’s maybe the reason why the design of the Auschwitz alleged homicidal gas chambers was so stupid. Four holes in a roof and wire mesh columns, what a moronic engineering!😉

      Comment by hermie — June 7, 2014 @ 5:46 pm

  3. Whatever happened to the “expelled farmers”?

    Did they ever return to reclaim their properties, namely the little red and white houses, that had been turned into gas chambers, and then demolished, and then suddenly found again after many years of nobody knowing where they were?

    Comment by DB — June 3, 2014 @ 11:24 am

    • The only thing that we know for sure is that the owners of these houses were not Jewish. If they had been Jewish, their descendants would be demanding money, and an apology for desecrating a Jewish home.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 3, 2014 @ 11:46 am

    • Local residents were evicted, including 1,200 people who lived in shacks around the barracks. Around 300 Jewish residents of Oświęcim were brought in to lay foundations. From 1940 to 1941, 17,000 Polish and Jewish residents of the western districts of Oświęcim were expelled from places adjacent to the camp. The Germans also ordered expulsions from the villages of Broszkowice, Babice, Brzezinka, Rajsko, Pławy, Harmęże, Bór, and Budy.[19] German citizens were offered tax concessions and other benefits if they would relocate to the area.[20] By October 1943, more than 6,000 Reich Germans had arrived.[21] The Nazis planned to build a model modern residential area for incoming Germans, including schools, playing fields, and other amenities. Some of the plans went forward, including the construction of several hundred apartments, but many were never fully implemented.[22] Basic amenities such as water and sewage disposal were inadequate, and water-borne illnesses were commonplace

      Comment by soulsearcher — June 3, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

      • When you quote from a website, in a comment, you should give the source. In this case, you have quoted from Wikipedia, which is a True-Believer website, that does not give both sides of history. Auschwitz was in an area that had belonged to Germany before it was given to Poland after Germany lost World War I. The Germans were taking back an area, which they believed was German.

        Comment by furtherglory — June 4, 2014 @ 7:47 am

        • Curious fate of history but the nearby area of Opole had been German until 1918 but was given to Poland at the treaty of Versailles. All the Germans became ” Polish citizens ” in 1919 and thus avoided the fate of their fellow Germans in the annexed Silesia after 1945 who were driven out at bayonet point in the period 1945-1949. Their descendants constitute the only sizable German minority in Poland in 2014.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opole_Voivodeship

          Comment by peter — June 4, 2014 @ 9:46 am

          • Wrong. Oppeln was German until 1945.

            Comment by Schlageter — June 4, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

            • While it is true that Opole/Oppeln has the largest concentration of ethnic Germans today, many are remnants of the “essential workers” the poles and Czechs kept when the bulk of Germans were expelled.

              Comment by Schlageter — June 4, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

        • Auschwitz belonged to Austria not Germany, right on the border. Both parts being Silesia.

          Comment by Schlageter — June 4, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

          • After the Anschluss, Auschwitz was in the Greater German Reich.

            Comment by furtherglory — June 5, 2014 @ 7:25 am

            • Technically it was only added to the GGR after Poland was divided in w1939 into parted incorporated in to the reich, those annexed by the ussr and the generalgouvernemont

              Comment by Schlageter — June 5, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

            • Thats not accurate. Auschwitz entered the grossdeutsches reich after Poland was divided into German and Russian zones along with the general gouvernement. It was in Austrian, not German Silesia until 1919.

              Comment by Schlageter — June 6, 2014 @ 4:48 am


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