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August 25, 2014

93-year-old survivor of Mauthausen visits the Memorial site

93-year-old survivor of Mauthausen visits the Memorial site

93-year-old survivor of Mauthausen visits the Memorial site

The photo above shows Pal Ferenczi, a 93-year-old survivor of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria; he recently returned to visit the Memorial Site at the former camp. You can read about it here; the article includes this quote: “Mauthausen was the only category III concentration camp – which means it had the most brutal conditions, according to the memorial’s website. Nearly 200,000 people were taken to the camp, and half of them died there.”

This quote is from the news article about Ferenczi’s visit to Mauthausen:

Passing an empty room, he recalled how corpses would be stacked on top of each other there, waiting to be burned in the furnace. At the gas chamber, he told his family how 50 men would be shoved into the tiny room to die. Terrified victims left scratch marks on the door.

Pal Ferenczi enters the Mausthausen gas chamber

Pal Ferenczi enters the Mausthausen gas chamber

The photo above shows the inside of one of the two doors into the Mauthausen gas chamber, as Pal Ferenczi enters the room. The object on the right hand side, just above the peephole, is what is left of the door handle, which has had the actual handle removed. When prisoners took a shower in this room, it was possible for them to turn a handle and open the door to get out of the room.

When I visited Mauthausen a few years ago, I didn’t notice the scratch marks on the door of the gas chamber.  I took the photo below, which shows the same door into the gas chamber.  There is a peephole in the center of the door which has some white marks around it, but I don’t think that these are scratch marks.

One of the two doors into the Mauthausen gas chamber

One of the two doors into the Mauthausen gas chamber

Door latch on the inside of the Mauthausen gas chamber has no handle

Door latch on the inside of the Mauthausen gas chamber has no handle

Close-up of the peephole in the Mauthausen gas chamber door is called a Judas opening

Close-up of the peephole in the Mauthausen gas chamber — this peephole is called a “Judas opening”

Mauthausen was the only Class III camp in the Nazi concentration camp system. It was a punishment camp where prisoners were rarely ever released.  I have an extensive section about Mauthausen on my website, which you can read here.  You can read about the Jewish prisoners at Mauthausen on my website here — this page is a MUST read.

Mauthausen was the first Nazi concentration camp to receive foreign prisoners; it was not a camp that was particularly for Austrians, nor was it a camp that was specifically designed for killing the Jews. It was mainly a camp for resistance fighters from Nazi occupied countries, such as France, Hungary and the Netherlands, and for German “career criminals.”

Pal Ferenczi was undoubtedly sent to Mauthausen because he was fighting as an illegal combatant in the Hungarian Resistance. On his trip back to visit the camp, he was photographed as he stood near the Monument to the Hungarian Resistance fighters.

Pal Ferenczi visited the Memorial to the Hungarian Resistance fighters at Mauthausen

Pal Ferenczi visited the Memorial to the Hungarian Resistance fighters at Mauthausen

My photo of the monument to the Hungarian Resistance fighters a Mauthausen

My photo of the monument to the Hungarian Resistance fighters at Mauthausen

On his visit to Mauthausen, Ferenczi visited the former morgue, which has been converted into a room where the names of the victims who died at Mauthausen are engraved.  The photo below shows Ferenczi on his visit to this room.

Former morgue room at Mauthausen has names of the victims

Former morgue room at Mauthausen has names of the victims

When I visited the Mauthausen camp, I took the photo below, which shows the former morgue before it was converted into a Memorial room. Note the two posts which are the same in both photos.

My photo of the Mauthausen morgue before it was turned into a Museum room

My photo of the Mauthausen morgue before it was turned into a room of names

I took the morgue photo below, because it shows a water pipe which goes into the gas chamber room.

Water pipe in the Mauthausen morgue goes through the wall into the gas chamber

Water pipe in the Mauthausen morgue goes through the wall into the gas chamber

Why would a gas chamber need water pipes?  The Mauthausen gas chamber was a multi-purpose room where prisoners could take a shower with water coming through real shower heads, or they could be gassed with Zyklon-B which came through a special device that has since been removed.

The article about the visit of Pal Ferenczi to Mauthausen includes a photo which shows the first crematory oven.  When I visited Mauthausen, I was told that the first crematory oven was the oven that is shown in my photo below.

My photo of the first crematory oven at Mauthausen

My photo of the first crematory oven at Mauthausen

15 Comments »

  1. The door handle in the 2nd picture shows that Holohoaxers have recently made a “reconstruction” (as they say when they fiddle rooms in order to make them look like credible gas chambers) in the Mauthausen “gas chamber”. There was an inside door handle in the Mauthausen “gas chamber” until a few years ago. Many people remember David Cole, on the Donahue show, using that door handle to show that the door of the Mauthausen “gas chamber” could be opened from the inside, what is obviously ridiculous for a homicidal gas chamber.

    Go to 11:30

    Here is how the door handle used to look a few years ago: http://littlegreyrabbit.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/mauthausen11.jpg?w=720&h=960

    Now look at the 2nd picture in this article. The door handle has been completely removed, so that noboby could do today what Cole did in the 1990s.

    Do people with the truth on their side need to forge ‘evidence’ in order to prove they are right? Aren’t such tricks the mark of liars?

    Comment by hermie — August 25, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

    • …. And notice the lettering around the peephole. It’s Czech. Olomouc is a city in Czechoslovakia. Why would they have a Czech door in an Austrian camp??
      Because even though Americans “liberated” the camp, after Germany capitulated, the camp fell within the Soviet sector of occupation of Austria, and that’s when the Soviets installed it.

      Comment by Patsy Lee Oswald — March 19, 2016 @ 7:26 pm

      • Actually, Lutin is the city. Olomouc is the name of the district it’s in.

        Comment by Patsy Lee Oswald — March 19, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

  2. I visited Mauthausen a few months ago, they’ve now installed a knee-high barrier to stop people entering the gas chamber. Although you can just step over it, and if you keep quiet, you can listen out for people approaching though the maze of corridors, and just step back out if necessary:

    photo (sorry for the poor quality, had my camera on the wrong setting): http://fotos.fotoflexer.com/b40aca2e05dfdf86f18b0cabe67ce476.jpg

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — August 25, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

    • The gas chamber at Mauthausen was filled with carbon monoxide, which was pumped down from the gas van when required. Zyklon B was, of course, also used. The results need no explanation. The frantic struggles of the victims when they realised their fate can only be imagined. Even today, deep, despairing marks can be seen on the painted surface above the tiles which cover the lower half of the walls. Even the tiles are deeply marked, some low down at the height of a child. When the chamber was filled to capacity there was no room for a body to fall down. At first sight the chamber resembled a shower room. This may have deceived the people who entered it straight from a transport. It could hardly have taken in those who had already seen the real showers.
      There was no window. Shielded lights were placed high in the ceiling, close to the ‘shower’ pipes. The pipes were equally spaced in series of three across the room and were provided with twelve jets. The heavy metal door was equipped with a Judas opening for observers. Such observers included Baldur von Schirach (Gauleiter of Vienna) [Schirach had an American mother and did not speak German until he attended primary school at the age of six, he was originally Hitler Youth Leader and most popular with the young generation, he looked like a typical American college student in my days. sic], Eigruber (Gauleiter of Linz), Himmler, Kaltenbrunner and many others. The camp doctors also took particular delight in making use of the Judas opening. In order to entertain such high-ranking officers, special mass executions in the gas chamber were timed to coincide with their visit. This advertisement of skill and of identification with the National Socialist spirit did not confine itself to the gas chamber. The pre-selected prisoners, especially Russian ‘politruks and commissars’, was also part of the programme. Witnesses estimate that between 1942 and 1945 approximately 10,000 prisoners were killed either in gas vans or in the gas chamber at Mauthausen. When all the evidence is appraised, this total may be very near the mark. It is a total which would include regular inmates of the camp, victims of the euthanasia programme, overflows from other camps and prisoners sent to Hartheim from Mauthausen and outside transports.

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — August 26, 2014 @ 1:03 am

      • Herbert has spent his life in the world created by US Psycop,, the Political Warfare Executive and Ehrenburg’s cronies. The successors to these organisations control the MSM and the zeitgeist. The meme has been implanted into the western consciousness .
        The chamber shown to tourists at Mauthausen is a large shower room exactly the same as the shower room at Dachau before the Hollywood guys arrived. It is the same design as the one shown to tourists in Berlin when they go on a tour of the cold war underground bunker built in the 1950s which also has gas tight doors with a ” judas” opening ..
        Nobody died in this room Herbie from carbon monoxide or Zyclon B .Its difficult to fight the meme and cognitive dissonance can be painful especially for those who have an unenquiring mind but eventually it will be overcome and seen for the propaganda nonsense it has always been by future generations.

        Comment by peter — August 26, 2014 @ 3:32 am

        • The Mauthausen camp was built with some beautiful features. It is a shame that it has now been turned into a “death camp” for Jews. Now people can’t concentrate on the beautiful buildings, and the spectacular scenery.

          Comment by furtherglory — August 26, 2014 @ 8:16 am

        • Perhaps the initiative for the establishment of a gas chamber at Mauthausen came from within the camp administration itself. Relations with the Mauthauserner SS command and the Extermination Personnel at Hartheimin were shown to be very good, Commander Ziereis and the leader from Hartheim, Lonauer visited one another. This could have brought the idea to the SS in Mauthausen to build a gas chamber in the camp.
          On October 1, 1941, the head of the administration of the concentration camp Mauthausen noted, that on the orders of the Reichsführer SS a ‘special construction’ should be established. It is clear this began in the fall of 1941 with the building of a killing facility. Within the crematorium a changing room, a gas chamber for the use of Zyklon B, a windowless room of approximately 3.80 meters in length and about 3.50 wide, partly tiled, with two airtight doors, and a morgue was set up. In the next room the gas cell, Zyklon B was poured into a chute and introduced via a fan (Ventilator) from there through a tube into the gas chamber that was on the wall side, not visible, only about a meter long slit. The first killing by gas in Mauthausen was held in March 1942, these were seriously ill prisoners, according to witnesses.
          If in doubt I am happy to give you references in German, Numbers 114-117, to verify my comment.

          Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — August 26, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

          • You wrote: “Within the crematorium a changing room, a gas chamber for the use of Zyklon B, a windowless room of approximately 3.80 meters in length and about 3.50 wide, partly tiled, with two airtight doors, and a morgue was set up.”

            Where was the location of the “changing room”?

            There were two doors into the gas chamber — one on the south wall of the room and one on the west wall. To get to the door on the south wall, one has to go through the corpse room, which is now the “room of names” of the prisoners who died at Mauthausen.
            You can see photos of the door on the west wall on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/GasChamberDoor.html

            The exit door from the shower room (which was also the gas chamber) is through the door on the west wall. I show the exit from the shower room on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/ExitDoor.html

            It is clear that the door on the west wall of the shower room/gas chamber is the closest door to the outside of the building. There is a door to the outside of the building near the door on the west wall.

            The door on the west wall is probably the door through which the prisoners entered to take a shower. As far as I know, there was no undressing room for the shower, nor any undressing room for the prisoners who were scheduled to be gassed.

            Strangely, there was an EXECUTION room in the same building where the gas chamber was located. Maybe there were some prisoners who were hard to kill with Zyklon-B gas and they had to be shot or hanged.

            I have a page on my website which shows the execution room: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/ExecutionRoom.html

            Comment by furtherglory — August 27, 2014 @ 8:34 am

            • FG
              I translated from the German publication “Der Ort des Terors” Vol.4, page 321, which reads: Im Krematoriumsbereich wurden ein Auskleiderngeraum,eine Gaskammer für die Verwnedung von Zyklon B ein fensterloser Raum von circa 3,80 Meter Länge und ungefähr 3.50 Meter Breite…
              This means that the Undressing Room was within the Crematorium. I have never been to Mauthausen, nor can I visualize anything in my mind the set-up as shown in post-war photographs. As a licensed interpreter I try to be as accurately as possible in any comments to what the author has written. and I can not answer the question you have raised. You wrote extensively in https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/category/germany/page/68…about the trial of Martin Roth, one the Mauthausen SS men in a later court proceeding. ….. Hauptscharführer (Otto) Moll ordered the women to undress, so there must have been an undressing room.
              As to the Execution Room , this was mainly used for high-ranking Soviet POW,s in accordance with Hitler’s ‘Kommissar-Befehl’. The former SS Master Sergeant Martin Roth, who was from May 1940 until the liberation of Mauthausen commander of the crematorium detachment confessed, not only to have killed at least 502 prisoners by Genickschuss and to have hanged 66 prisoner but participated in the killing of 1,692 inmates with Zyklon B.
              http://en.mauthausen-memorial.at/db/admin/de/index_main.php?cbereich=1&cthema=366&carticle=48&fromlist=1

              Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — August 27, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

              • One of the doors into the gas chamber leads from the crematorium, which has now been converted into a Museum room with all the names of the people who died at Mauthausen. I saw the crematorium before it was changed into Museum space. It was very dark and creepy with a bad smell. There was another very large crematorium that I didn’t photograph — I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

                Comment by furtherglory — August 28, 2014 @ 7:19 am

      • What is your source for this information?

        I have added two photos to my blog post. One photo shows the inside of one of the doors into the gas chamber; this photo shows that the handle has been removed from the door handle on the inside. If this room was really a gas chamber, there would not have been a handle on the inside, and it would not have been required to take this handle off.

        I have added another photo which shows a close-up of the “Judas opening” which was a peephole.

        I am one of the few people in the world, who has actually seen a real gas chamber — the one at Jefferson City, MO. That means that, when I see what is allegedly a “gas chamber,” I look for certain features. I don’t think that the Mauthausen shower room was a homicidal gas chamber.

        I have added a link to my blog post, which is a link to my website page about the Jewish prisoners. Mauthausen was not a camp for Jews, unless they were Jews who had been arrested for a criminal offense.

        Comment by furtherglory — August 26, 2014 @ 7:29 am

        • Oops. My bad. Under that angle (2nd picture), I had the impression that the door handle had been cut off, but I have examined it again and it seems that I was wrong. Sorry for my mistake.

          Comment by hermie — August 26, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    • Thanks a million for posting this photo. I have added two more photos, which I took at Mauthausen, to my blog post.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 26, 2014 @ 7:33 am

    • Thanks for posting this photo. I am glad that I got to see Mauthausen before this barrier was added. The barrier will not stop young kids from jumping over it, but it is a shame that old people, who can’t balance themselves, will have a hard time climbing over it, and it might cause some people to fall down on the cold, hard floor.

      Mauthausen was not a “death camp” for Jews. You can read about the Jews who were sent to Mauthausen on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/History/Jews.html

      Comment by furtherglory — August 26, 2014 @ 7:43 am


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