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September 26, 2014

Forget Sobibor — a new gas chamber has been found at Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:02 pm
International monument at Dachau

International monument at Dachau in honor of the prisoners who died there

It’s been seven years since I’ve been to the Dachau Memorial Site. I was shocked to learn from this website, that there is another gas chamber in a basement underneath the International Monument at Dachau.  The door into the gas chamber is on the other side of the monument. Who knew?

My 2007 photo below shows the back side of the International Monument with what looks like a basement door. According to the author of the article, cited above, this is a door into another gas chamber at Dachau.  There was no mention of whether this was a homicidal gas chamber like the one in the Dachau shower room, or whether this was a disinfection chamber for the clothing of the prisoners.

This quote is from the article:

At the base of the [International] monument a small set of stairs lead down to a small door. There seem to be no windows in this basement building, which turned out to be one of the many gas chambers on the camp site.

Back side of International monument at Dachau

Back side of International monument at Dachau

Dachau building which is now hidden by International Monument

Dachau building which is now hidden by International Monument

Shortly after the Dachau camp was liberated, the Polish prisoners, who were mostly Catholic, put up a Catholic Cross where the International Monument now stands. This means that the gas chamber, which is allegedly under the International Monument, was not there until after the camp was liberated on April 29, 1945.

After the Dachau camp was liberated, it was immediately turned into a prison camp for German POWs who were held for several years after the war. Dachau became known as War Crimes Enclosure No. 1.

This quote is also from the article about Dachau:

Before entering the gates of the camp, we passed the track where inmates loaded ammunition and army uniforms into carriages.

Next to the railway line, I stood on the spot where thousands of political prisoners, women and children, had stood before entering the camp.

Tracks near the Dachau gate are narrow gauge tracks, not train tracks

Tracks near the Dachau gate are narrow gauge tracks. Photo Credit: Windy Wilson blog

My 2007 photo of the narrow gauge tracks near the Dachau gate

My 2007 photo of the narrow gauge tracks at Dachau gate

The tracks shown in my photo above were not the train tracks, which brought prisoners from the train station to the gate into the Dachau camp. These are narrow gauge tracks used to transport items made in the factories at Dachau, which were outside the camp gates.  The incoming prisoners had to walk to the camp from the train station.

The author of the article about Dachau took the 45 minute walk to the camp on the “Path of Remembrance.”  This is the same path that the prisoners walked from the train station to the camp.

9 Comments »

  1. So visitors to Dachau are now making up their own gas chambers at the site! An interesting development.

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — September 29, 2014 @ 7:23 am

    • Thanks for the photo. It does look like there is a door to a room under the monument. However that room was not there until the monument was built, so if there is a gas chamber there, it was not there when Dachau was a concentration camp.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 29, 2014 @ 7:44 am

      • I chanced across Harold Marcuse’s PhD thesis in a library the other day; much of it later became his book Legacies of Dachau: The Uses and Abuses of a Concentration Camp, 1933-2001. In the thesis Marcuse mentions the article “Amerikanische Propaganda!” which appeared in the Swiss newspaper National Zeitung on 23 October 1951, and is about the claim that the American’s built the gas chamber at Dachau. So far I’ve not been able to track down the article.

        The second instalment of a two part piece called “Germany Revisited” by Lord Russell of Liverpool (a famous early holocaust promoter) appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 27 July 1960, it reads in part:

        “… I visited Dachau, which I had not seen for 13 years. With me went a former German general, who had been introduced to me by a friend and is now employed by the Americans at an Army installation on the very site of the old concentration camp itself.

        Obviously neither he nor the driver of my car believed half of what everyone knows happened there. “The so-called gas chamber,” the general said, “was really a shower-bath,” and he pointed out the word Brausebad painted over the doorway to prove it to me.

        “That was put up so that the wretched victims should think they were going into a shower-bath,” I told him, “but it was really a gas chamber.”

        […]

        “Those gas ovens were built by the German prisoners after the war,” he said. “Yes,” said the driver, “everybody in Munich knows that.”

        “You see Lord Russell,” the general said, turning round to speak to me, “I have never met this man before but he thinks the same as I do.”

        This article by Russell was the catalyst for Martin Broszat to write his famous letter to Die Zeit.
        http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v13/v13n3p12_Broszat.html

        Russell’s article was even discussed in the Bundestag on Sept 1960, as politicians demanded to know who this general was, and that he should be prosecuted for his heresy.

        Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — September 29, 2014 @ 8:59 am

        • I have read the book “Legacies of Dachau” and I have a copy of the book in my home library. In the book, Marcuse wrote about General Karl Schnell, an inmate of War Crimes Enclosure No. 1 at Dachau, who published his diary in 1993. General Schnell told Harold Marcuse, in a telephone interview, that he had not seen the gas chamber at Dachau while he was a prisoner there because it had not been built until after he was released in 1946. Marcuse wrote that he did not question General Schnell further.

          General Schnell is probably the general to whom you referred.

          Comment by furtherglory — September 29, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

          • Yes, I can see that bit in Marcuse’s book. According to Wikipedia Schnell was likely in Rome when Russell of Liverpool visited Dachau in 1960, and Russell certainly doesn’t give the impression that the general who showed him around had been held as a prisoner in the camp by the Americans.

            This article in Die Zeit is about the ex-general, although his name is not given:
            http://www.zeit.de/1960/33/weg-mit-ihm

            Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — September 29, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

  2. Shocking revelation: Smithsonian Red-Faced after “Treblinka Star of David Tiles” Shown to be Not Jewish At All

    What next? That they didn’t come from a gas chamber?? Surely not that!

    Comment by eah — September 27, 2014 @ 8:34 am

    • I find this comment — from the link I posted above — interesting:

      She would have broken laws and lost her career if she had concluded that Treblinka was a transit camp not a “death camp.”

      She is, of course, Caroline Sturdy Colls.

      Comment by eah — September 27, 2014 @ 8:46 am

      • This sounds like something that I would write. I had to check to see if I had made this comment. No, it wasn’t me. Someone else knows the truth about Treblinka.

        Comment by furtherglory — September 27, 2014 @ 9:51 am

  3. If this keeps up, the number of gas chambers may someday eclipse even the number of MEMORIALS to the victims of the Holocaust! The damn things are EVERYWHERE!

    Comment by Jett Rucker — September 26, 2014 @ 12:44 pm


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