The origin of the current lies about the Dachau “gas chamber” is the Chavez Report, which was officially entitled: The Report of the Atrocities Committed at Dachau Concentration Camp, signed by Col. David Chavez, Jr., JAGD, 7 May 1945.
The affidavit given by Dr. Franz Blaha, a prisoner at Dachau, to Col. David Chavez on May 3, 1945 was entered into the proceedings of the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal.
Except for the film of the Dachau gas chamber that was shown at Nuremberg on November 29, 1945, Dr. Blaha’s testimony is the only
evidence lie about prisoners being gassed at Dachau; the verdict at Nuremberg did not mention the Dachau gas chamber. For some reason, the gas chamber at Dachau could not be proved at Nuremberg.
The following quote is from the Chavez Report:
“The new building had a gas chamber for executions… the gas chamber was labeled “shower room” over the entrance and was a large room with airtight doors and double glassed lights, sealed and gas proof. The ceiling was studded with dummy shower heads. A small observation peephole, double glassed and hermetically sealed was used to observe the conditions of the victims. There were grates in the floor. Hydrogen cyanide was mixed in the room below, and rose into the gas chamber and out the top vents.”
The Dachau camp had been surrendered to the American Army on April 29, 1945 under a white flag of truce. It was not until May 3, 1945, that a film crew took the movie footage of the Dachau camp, which was shown at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal on November 29, 1945.
As far as I know, there were no photos or film footage, taken of the Dachau gas chamber before May 3, 1945, which was four days after the Americans were first shown the Baracke X building by some of the Communist prisoners in the camp, who had formed an International Committee, that had taken over the camp in the days just before the American troops arrived.
The one American prisoner in the Dachau camp when it was “liberated” was Rene Guiraud. He had been sent to Dachau after he was captured as a spy. As a prisoner at Dachau, he participated in the camp resistance movement along with the captured British spies, who were prisoners in the camp.
Two weeks after the liberation of the Dachau camp, Rene Guiraud “escaped” from the quarantined camp and went to Paris where he arrived in time to celebrate V-E day. He never said a word about the Dachau gas chamber.
The section of the American film, which shows the Dachau gas chamber, explains how the victims were killed. Large pipes and control wheels behind the west wall of the gas chamber are shown in the film while the narrator says “A man at the controls let in the poison gas.”
The openings on the outside of the east wall where the gas pellets could have been poured onto the floor of the gas chamber, according to the staff at the Dachau Museum, were not shown in the film. In my humble opinion, these openings did not exist until much later when they were added by the American “liberators.”
The original “Report of the Atrocities Committed at Dachau Concentration Camp, signed by Col. David Chavez, Jr., JAGD, 7 May 1945”, made no mention of the bins and described the wooden screen, which was hiding the bins, as a “Wooden shed believed to contain a pump or compressor.”
The wording of the Report implies that no one went into the “wooden shed” to see if the pump or compressor “believed” to be hidden there was actually there.
The Chavez Report was entered into the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal as Documents 159L and 2430-PS; an undated addendum to the original Report mentions the bins.
On November 29, 1945, an American made film was shown at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal. The film included footage of the Dachau gas chamber, but the east wall of the homicidal gas chamber, where the openings for the bins are currently located, was not shown.
Instead, the film showed the shower heads in the “gas chamber” and the “top vents” near the ceiling, through which the gas was supposedly put into the chamber. Apparently, at that time, no one knew that the gas, that was allegedly used to kill the Jews, was in the form of pellets.
In May 1965, a portable sign, which said in 5 languages that “the alleged Dachau gas chamber had never been used as a gas chamber nor ever put into operation,” was placed in the Dachau gas chamber.
The sign was up in 1965 when a Memorial Site on the grounds of the former Dachau concentration camp was first opened to the public. The sign was still there when I visited the Memorial site in May 2001, but by May 2003, it had been removed.
The English version of the sign reads: Gas Chamber disguised as a “shower room” – never used as a gas chamber. This implies that the room may have been used for something other than a gas chamber, such as a shower room.
When the American liberators arrived on April 29, 1945, the Baracke X building had been in existence for two years, but strangely the room marked “Brausebad” had never been used as a gas chamber, according to the claims made by the Dachau Memorial Site in 1965.
On the blueprints for Baracke X, the homicidal gas chamber was called a shower room, but each of the four disinfection chambers was called a Gaskammer, the German word for gas chamber. An order was issued from Berlin on July 23, 1942 to begin construction of Baracke X at a cost of 150,000 Reichsmark.
By the time that Baracke X was finished in 1943, millions of European Jews had already been killed in the gas chambers at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor after being transported to the East, and millions more were destined to be sent to the death camps at Auschwitz and Majdanek. Dachau was mainly a camp for Communist political prisoners, anti-Fascist resistance fighters, most of whom were Catholic, and Soviet POWs.
When American soldiers of the US Seventh Army arrived on April 29, 1945 to liberate the concentration camp at Dachau, they found that the inmates in the camp, who were predominantly Communists and other anti-Nazi political prisoners, had organized into an International Committee, headed by a Belgian medical doctor named Albert Guérisse, who was a captured British SOE agent. Guérisse was using the fake name of Patrick O’Leary and pretending to be Canadian.
The Baracke X building was located outside the Dachau prison enclosure. When prisoners were brought to Dachau, they arrived at the train station, and then had to walk to the camp. They were first taken to the Baracke X building, where they took a shower before entering the camp. Oops! Did I just write that? That is Holocaust denial. The incoming prisoners were gassed, of course.
There was no need for the Jews to take a shower before being killed. But when the American liberators arrived, the undressing room, next to the Brausebad, was furnished with soap and fresh towels, indicating that the “gas chamber” might have been used as a shower room. The problem is that the shower heads, as seen in the “gas chamber” today, are not connected to any water pipes.
If the room at Dachau, which was marked “Brausebad”, was not used for gassing, nor for showers, this means that three rooms (the waiting room, undressing room and shower room) were not used for anything for two years.
Yet in the midst of all the chaos in the Dachau camp in the last days of the war, soap and towels were still being kept in the undressing room so that the American liberators would not suspect that the shower room was really a homicidal gas chamber.
Why would anyone have believed that the Dachau shower room was actually a gas chamber in disguise?
A British newspaper had first reported in 1942 that Germany was gassing people. This news went around the world. Everyone knew that the Jews were being gassed, including me; I learned about it from my teacher in elementary school.
The following quote is from an article written by Sgt. Scott Corbett for the Rainbow Reveille, the 42nd Division Newspaper. This excerpt from Scott Corbett’s article is included on page 42 of the book entitled Dachau 29 April 1945, the Rainbow Liberation Memoirs, Edited by Sam Dann:
The first human beings ever to enter the infamous Concentration Camp at Dachau without despair and terror, entered it today [April 9, 1945]. Infantry men of the XVth Corps, 42nd Division, are now in command of Dachau and they brought a new life to over 30,000 survivors among the prisoners of the horror camp.
What they found there bears (sic) out every atrocity told about the first great concentration camp in 12 years of its existence. In the crematorium, the skeleton-like bodies of the dead still lay in a room next to the furnace, stacked like cordwood. The cement floor slanted to a drain which carried off the blood, but not the unforgettable stench of death. Unlike Auschwitz, where the Gas Chamber and the Crematorium were demolished by the retreating SS, the destruction of this horrifying evidence at Dachau by a time bomb was prevented when doughboys discovered and severed the wire which would have set off the charge. In addition, the entire building was a maze of booby-traps.
The photo above shows that the morgue at Dachau had a floor drain, but there were no water pipes in the room. The water to clean the morgue came from a water pipe on the wall near the floor of the “gas chamber.”
gas chamber shower room at Dachau had six floor drains, although the drains, as seen today, are all closed up.
Sgt. Corbett was apparently very well informed about the Nazi atrocities since he knew that the SS had previously destroyed the gas chamber evidence at Auschwitz after they abandoned the camp in January 1945, possibly with time bombs set to go off after they left.