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December 15, 2014

Why were the Nazis constantly running out of Zyklon-B gas for gassing the prisoners?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:20 am

Today, I read yet another story of a Holocaust survivor, who was not the only person to be  saved because the Nazis had run out of Zyklon-B gas when it was his or her turn to be gassed.

Klara Markus, a Romanian Jewess, was saved because the Nazis had run out of gas when it was her turn.  Every day, it seems, there is yet another Holocaust survivor who is alive today because the Nazis had run out of Zyklon-B.

Why did this happen so often?  The purpose of the Nazi camps was to exterminate the prisoners; this was done by using Zyklon-B gas.  One would think that someone would be in charge of stocking Zyklon-B, so that the camp would never lack the means of killing the prisoners.

This quote is the words of Klara Markus, as reported in the  article about her in the Mail Online:

“But when they put us inside and went to turn the gas on, they found they had run out.

“One of the guards joked that it was our lucky day because they had already killed so many they didn’t have any gas left for us.

“God was watching over me that day.”

I think I know why the Nazis were constantly running out of gas for the homicidal gas chambers.  It was because they were wasting Zyklon-B by using it to delouse the clothing of the prisoners, in an attempt to save lives. Typhus is spread by lice, so Zyklon-B was used in disinfection chambers to prevent typhus.

Clothing disinfection building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Clothing disinfection building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Building where clothes were disinfected with Zyklon-B

Building where clothes were disinfected with Zyklon-B

Stains on building which was used to disinfect clothing

Stains on building which was used to disinfect clothing