Update Jan. 18, 2015
Wikipedia has a page about the “Dachau massacre” which is called a “reprisal.” The Dachau massacre was actually a war crime, which Wikipedia should describe truthfully.
I blogged about Wikipedia’s mistaken page about the Dachau massacre at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/dachau-liberation-reprisals-another-term-for-the-dachau-massacre/
Continue reading my original post:
I was alerted, by a reader of my blog, to the fact that Wikipedia does not mention a gas chamber at the Dachau concentration camp. I checked it out and found out that it is true — no mention of a gas chamber at Dachau.
Of course, there was a gas chamber at Dachau! How many people have served 5 or more years in prison for denying that there was a gas chamber at Dachau?
I find it very strange that Wikipedia leaves out the gas chamber at Dachau because there was not just one gas chamber at Dachau but four gas chambers that used Zyklon-B, a poison gas.
When American troops arrived at Dachau, they were shown the four gas chambers at the end of the Barracks-X building, which were used for disinfecting the clothes to kill the lice that spread typhus.
Notice the sign on the door, which says “Gaszeit” and the skull and crossbones with the word “Gas” under it.
The official Army report mentioned the “gas chamber” found by American soldiers at Dachau in April 1945.
On the right in the photo above, taken in May 2007, is the same door that is shown in the 1945 photo above. This door, which opens into a disinfection chamber, shown in the center of the photo, has been bolted to another door. On the left is another door into one of the four disinfection chambers at Dachau. A sign above the door on the left tells visitors that these are disinfection chambers where the clothing of the prisoners was disinfected to kill the lice that spreads typhus.
After Dachau was liberated on April 29, 1945, the official report of the US Seventh Army was printed as a book entitled Dachau Liberated: The Official Report by The U.S. Seventh Army, Released Within Days of the Camp’s Liberation by Elements of the 42nd and 45th Divisions.
The Official Report was based on two days of interviewing 20 political prisoners at Dachau; the prisoners told the Americans that both the shower room in the Baracke X building, and the four disinfection chambers were used as homicidal gas chambers.
The following quote is from The Official Report:
“When the American troops arrived on 29 April 1945, there were approximately 32,500 estimated internees of all nationalities, the Poles predominating. During this period, the camp was notorious for its cruelty, but within the last six or eight months, some ‘token’ improvement was noted in the treatment of the internees. However, the new crematorium was completed in May 1944, and the gas chambers, a total of five, were used for the executions and the disposals of the bodies.”
The Baracke X building and the five gas chambers were actually completed in May 1943.
The American soldiers, shown in the photo above, had never heard of using poison gas to kill lice. At that time, America was using DDT for this purpose. Typhus had been completely wiped out in America and most of these soldiers had never heard of it; they didn’t know that typhus is a contagious disease spread by body lice.
They saw the word “gas” written on the 4 disinfection chamber doors, and assumed that these were the infamous gas chambers used for killing the Jews. They saw the deloused clothing hung up and assumed that the prisoners had been forced to undress and hang their clothing on a hanger before entering the disinfection chambers to be killed. It had been common knowledge throughout the world since June 1942 that the Nazis were murdering millions of Jews in gas chambers.
In spite of the fact that the sign above this disinfection chamber clearly states that it was one of the “Fumigation cubicles,” tour guides tell tourists that Jews were herded into these chambers to be killed by gassing.
When I went to Journalism School, back in the Dark Ages, we were taught “false in one, false in all.” In other words, one mistake and your readers won’t believe anything you say. That’s why Wikipedia should mention the “gas chambers” at Dachau.