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July 24, 2014

Famous photos of SS guards herding Jews to the gas chambers at Auschwitz—NOT!

The photo below accompanies a recent news article in the LA Times. The article is about John Breyer, the Nazi war criminal who died before he could be put on trial, at the age of 89, for the crime of helping to herd 216,000 Jews, from 158 trains, to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.

This quote is from the news article:  “Even though [Breyer] was assigned to the Death’s Head guard battalion at Auschwitz, he said he refused to kill anyone, so he served as a perimeter guard, far from the killing.  He says that he never shepherded prisoners from the trains to the gas chambers.”

Breyer was given a choice? When he was assigned to be a guard at Auschwitz, he was asked if he would be willing to kill Jews?  Was he asked if he would be willing to herd 216,000 Jews to the gas chamber, and he said “No.”?

Photos of the Jews arriving on trains at Auschwitz-Birkenau show that Breyer is correct in implying that there were no armed guards forcing the Jews to walk to the gas chambers.


Notice that the photo above, which shows Jews who have just arrived on a train at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, does not include SS guards herding the Jews along, at gun point.

A train load of Jews that have just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A train load of Jews that have just arrived at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp (Click to enlarge)

In the photo above, the Krema II gas chamber building is shown in the background.

I have tried to find some photos that show SS soldiers, like John Breyer, herding the Jews from 158 trains toward the four gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but I have been unable to find any such photos. The photo above shows hundreds of Jews who have just arrived on a train.  Note the Kapos, the Jewish helpers, who are wearing striped uniforms; there are one or two SS men in the photo, but they are not pointing guns at the Jews.

SS men directing Jews toward the gas chamber

SS men directing Jews toward the gas chamber, while Kapos stand by to help on the left

The photo below shows some Jews shuffling along, carrying their bundles.  They are obviously on the way to one of the gas chambers.  Where else could they be going? Auschwitz-Birkenau was a death camp, where all the Jews from 158 trains were immediately herded into gas chambers, according to all the recent news articles about the John Breyer case.

Jews walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz

Jews walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz

This photo is the most famous of the "walking to the gas chamber" photos

This photo is the most famous of the “walking to the gas chamber” photos

Jews walking to the entrance into the Krema III gas chamber

Jews walking toward the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Notice in the photo above that all the Jews, from a train that has just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, are walking toward the entrance into the undressing room of Krema III, but there are no SS guards in sight.

Walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

In these photos, where are the SS men, like John Breyer, who forced the Jews to walk to the gas chambers?

The photo below shows a man, who is wearing a striped uniform and a striped cap.  This man is a Kapo, a Jewish prisoner, whose job it was to assist the Jews arriving at the Auschwitz death camp.  The Holocaust survivors, who are alive today, were told by a Kapo, at the train, to lie about their age, because everyone under the age of 15 was automatically sent to the gas chamber.

A Kapo standing beside a train that has just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A Kapo standing beside a train that has just arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Visitors today, who take a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, are first taken to the “quarantine barracks” near the entrance into the camp. Why did they need to “quarantine” in-coming prisoners?  Who cares if any of the incoming prisoners had any disease that might cause an epidemic in the camp?  All the prisoners were scheduled to be gassed upon arrival, according to the prosecutors of elderly men like John Breyer.

My 2005 photo below shows one of the barracks in the quarantine camp.  Obviously these barracks were never used because the Jews were immediately herded into the gas chamber by men like war criminal John Breyer.

My 2005 photo of barracks in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

My 2005 photo of barracks in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp

Tourists at Auschwitz-Birkenau should not be taken first to the “quarantine barracks.”  This is a way of promoting Holocaust denial.  Prisoners did not need to be held in quarantine in a “death camp,” where they were taken immediately from the train to the gas chamber.


  1. hahahaha! 😀

    Comment by Nagy László — March 2, 2016 @ 12:16 pm

  2. Oh come on! You’re killin me ! This jackass was “deaths head guards”. They were seperate,but still they were SS. Lets not forget,the SS were a group of fanatical pricks. Loyal to uncle Adolph to the death. He “refused” to kill anyone? Come on. As messed up as the nazi regime was,they still functioned as a military machine. That means you refuse “a direct order”,there will be penalties . The Jews that just got off the railcar. Get a larger photo. One that shows more of the area. How the hell you gonna see a guard? Where would they’ve stood in that picture ? Look how tight they’re packed in that pic. That one pic does not show much. There’s not even a whole railcar in the pic. So with that being said, is it not possible that there “might be” more jews that didn’t make it into that pic? Then it’s possible that an SS guard could’ve been . No armed guards. Okay for the possibility there were no armed guards shuffling the Jews to the gas house. No armed guards “forcing them”. Of course not. They’re regular choir boys. Maybe that’s true. However if the Heb didn’t cooperate, there be someone roll up on the scene ” to educate them” . Now the Jews were never taken right to the chamber. You had to sort them off. Much like you would cattle. Cutters and canners,commercial stock and club calf stock. Don’t do any sorting,the logistics would be a breeze . The barracks in the photo. We live in a world of infinite possibilities . Since that’s obviously a tourist attraction,is it not possible it could’ve been restored. If that was the case,I’d say that defeats the whole purpose. It makes it look like the inmates were at club med . If they’re coming off the train,of course they’re carrying their belongings. Their personal property will be taken from them soon enough. Get em off the train first into a holding pen. I really can’t say anything about this SS douchebag. I’ll say he’s guilty,but my opinion can’t convict. He’s dead . He’ll never get a chance to defend himself against the charges. So in all fairness and doing the right thing, we can’t give his innocent or guilty verdict . What’s next? The niponese were gentlemen when they captured Nan King in china,or is that a hoax too. Lets throw slavery in there for s**ts and grins. It never happened

    Comment by Tim — July 24, 2014 @ 10:59 pm

    • I have added two more photos, one of which shows Krema II in the background, and one which shows a whole train that has just arrived. These trains stretched from the opening in the gate house to the end of the tracks, where the International Monument now stands between the ruins of Krema II and Krema III. I have not been able to find a photo which shows guards pointing guns at the Jews.

      Comment by furtherglory — July 25, 2014 @ 7:51 am

      • You’re probably not gonna find any “happy snaps ” of our good friend joeseph performing experiments on the Jews,Gays,Gypsies and whoever else he deems “unworthy”. I will concede that some were not ” murdered for nothing” . The experiments were they tossed some into pressure chambers. Subjected others to hypothermia experiments. Was it right? No. It did however give us useful data for when we put our men on the moon. We would’ve eventually got there,just taken a bit longer. Does this mean we have to deny the Spanish Inquisition was a hoax too? Torquemada just didnt bump off enough Muslims . Now that’s something I could get behind. Hey. Pick up the Quran . I’ll tell you exactly where they say “kill the infidels”. 2:193. “And fight them until persecution is no more and religion is for Allah “. Uncle Adolph had the right idea,just the wrong people”. In closing I will concede to one thing. In the one picture ( kinda hard to tell. It got fuzzier the more I zoomed on it) you posted,there was a lady In the center. Now I wasn’t there,so I can’t say what she was doing. She looked to be displaying some emotion ( she could’ve also been flipping someone off. Yes it was around back then,just didnt mean the same thing). She had an expression on here face that looked like she smiling. She looked like she could’ve been,”oh look! It’s Miriam . Miriam! It’s me Fran”. That’s just one possibility from the picture . Like I said,I wasn’t there . Give me credit for at least admitting that,since the suspect is dead,he can’t defend himself in a court of law. Even In the war crimes trials each defendent was allowed to present his case. I kinda figured Adolph didn’t want to be taken alive by the “Reds”,because. He bent them over. They wanted payback. Now the rest of the high ranking nazis got the hell outta Dodge. My question is the same here. “If you’re an innocent person,why would you run?

        Comment by Tim — July 25, 2014 @ 9:00 am

        • Tim wrote:-

          “If you’re an innocent person,why would you run?”

          Maybe you could ask that to some ministers of the Jew government, who don’t really travel abroad because they could be arrested for war crimes in various countries around the world.
          But they’re great, aren’t they, they can do what they want, because they went through the holocaust, oh yes.

          The silence surrounding the bombardment of Gaza should provide ample evidence of who’s in charge of all Micky Mouse western governments, and who people are afraid of upsetting

          Tim wrote:-

          “I’ll tell you exactly where they say “kill the infidels””

          Yeah, thanks for that, I’ll tell you exactly who said this week “Kill the Palestinians” in the Jew parlliament

          Comment by DB — July 25, 2014 @ 10:48 am

        • You wrote “The experiments were they tossed some into pressure chambers.” These experiments were done at Dachau. You can read about the experiments on my website at

          You wrote: “our good friend joeseph permorming experiments on the Jews, Gays, Gypsies and whoever else he deems “unworthy” If you mean Josef Mengele, he was doing experiments on twins. There were few, if any “Gays” at Auschwitz. Gays were sent to a concentration camp, for 6 months, but only after they had been arrested twice for breaking the law against homosexual sex and had served two prison terms.

          There was no reason for Mengele to do experiments on gays or on those that he “deems unworthy.” He was doing experiments on Jews, who were twins, to see how people who were closely related, would respond to different medical treatments. The results of his experiments were confiscated and have never been released.

          Comment by furtherglory — July 25, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    • There are a couple of issues here. The SS relied predominantly on deception to get the Jews, Gypsies and others in the gas chamber. They were detrained. They were typically handled very gently, and were convinced that they were going to be deloused prior to being sent to a new work location. They were escorted to a changing room and required to disrobe, then directed into the gas chamber, The people in the front typically walked right in. There was frequently apprehension by the people in the back, by the time they got close to the gas chamber entrance. At that point, whipping, screaming and beating with rifle butts were used to force them in. Once the doors were shut, it was all over. Having said that, MANY SS guards at Birkenau were drafted from ethic german populations living outside of Germany. They didn’t have a choice in where they were sent. They absolutely knew what was going on, but they were stuck doing what they were ordered to do, which was typically to stand guard on the perimeter and accompany work details outside the prison. It would be absolutely unfair to attempt to prosecute them as war criminals, when their service was compulsory.

      Comment by Andrew Joiner — March 22, 2015 @ 11:31 pm

  3. All looking nicely fed aren’t we. Weren’t the Kapos mainly commies with a great deal of autonomy within the system?

    Comment by thestoker — July 24, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    • Gee Wally. Hard to tell if their nicely fed or not with all that heavy clothing
      They got on

      Comment by Tim — July 24, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

    • The communists actually ran the camp at Auschwitz, under the direction of the SS. They did not, however, run Birkenau, which was strictly an extermination camp. They were very efficient, killing approximately 1.3 million men, women and children over a period of a couple of years, 90 percent of which were Jews.

      Comment by Andrew Joiner — March 22, 2015 @ 11:34 pm

  4. Most inmates in concentration camps were better off than soldiers in combat, particularly those on the losing side, which was the German side after 1942. Inmates were likewise better off (or safer, anyway) than anyone living in the cities (mostly of Germany) that were repeatedly carpet-bombed during the war.

    SOME of the inmates were better off than many of the guards who were guarding the camp.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — July 24, 2014 @ 11:19 am

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