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April 12, 2015

What did the Dachau gas chamber look like when American soldiers first saw it?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 6:07 pm
Gate into Dachau concentration camp, 1945

Gate into Dachau concentration camp, 1945

In reading the comments on my blog about the gas chamber in the Dachau concentration camp, I have noticed that there seems to  be a lot of confusion about what the gas chamber shower room looked like when it was first seen by the American soldiers  who accepted the surrender of the camp.

American soldier stands beside some wooden coffins stacked inside the Dachau shower room, which is claimed to have been a gas chamber

American soldier stands beside some wooden coffins stacked inside the Dachau shower room, which is claimed to have been a gas chamber

In the photo shown above, which was taken shortly after American troops accepted the surrender of the Dachau concentration camp, notice the shower heads on the ceiling.

A real shower room at the Dachau concentration camp

A real shower room at  Dachau had shower heads hanging from pipes on the ceiling

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On my website, I have a page which gives several descriptions of the gas chamber, given by the soldiers who first saw it:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/descriptions.html

Here are a few of the descriptions:

“A distinguishing feature of the Dachau Camp was the gas chamber for the execution of prisoners and the somewhat elaborate facilities for execution by shooting. The gas chamber was located in the center of a large room in the crematory building. It was built of concrete. Its dimensions were about 20 by 20 feet, and the ceiling was some 10 feet in height. In two opposite walls of the chamber were airtight doors through which condemned prisoners could be taken into the chamber for execution and removed after execution. The supply of gas into the chamber was controlled by means of two valves on one of the outer walls, and beneath the valves was a small glass-covered peephole through which the operator could watch the victims die. The gas was let into the chamber through pipes terminating in perforated brass fixtures set into the ceiling. The chamber was of size sufficient to execute probably a hundred men at one time.” From Document No. 47 of the 79th Congress, 1st Session, Senate Report (May 15, 1945) of the Committee Requested by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Congress of the U.S. relative to Atrocities and other Conditions in Concentration Camps in Germany. This document was entered into the Nuremberg trial proceedings as IMT Document L-159

In 1965, twenty years after he was liberated from Dachau in 1945, Nerin E. Gun wrote a book entitled The Day of the Americans which was published in 1966. Gun was a Turkish journalist working in Berlin; he had been arrested by the Gestapo in 1940 after he was the first reporter to write about the Warsaw ghetto and the Jews being sent to extermination camps.

Turkey was an ally of Germany in World War I, but was neutral in World War II until 1945.  Gun claimed that Hitler himself ordered that Gun be removed from his job as a reporter in Berlin.

As a prisoner at Dachau, Gun’s job in 1944 was to record the names and vital information about the Hungarian Jewish women just before they were gassed at Dachau. On page 69 of his book, Gun wrote a description of how the Hungarian women were gassed along with their babies, “as the fumes of the gas issued from the floor…”

On page 70, Gun wrote that the gas was put into the chamber by “pressing the button that opened the trap door through which the gas was released…”

On page 220, Gun wrote that women prisoners were shoved into the gas chamber naked, after their head, armpits and pubic hair had been shaved clean; they had a towel and a bar of soap in their hands. Gun wrote that the gas was in the form of a “Zyklon bomb” and that the whistling of the gas could be heard as it escaped from slits in the ceiling.

Gun wrote that he was not allowed into the crematorium where the dead bodies were burned, but he knew what was going on there because he heard about it from the workers there.

At the time that Gun wrote his book, he had visited the Dachau gas chamber as recently as 1959, but he did not mention that the gas pellets were put into the chamber through the two bins on the outside wall, as was later claimed.

Gun did mention in his book that a “Zyklon bomb was thrown on the floor” of the fake shower room to gas the prisoners.

Sidney Glucksman was a prisoner at Dachau working in a factory, which made German uniforms. When he was liberated from Dachau by American troops, Glucksman told Jewish American soldier Jerome Klein that he had not had a shower for six years.

How could he take a shower when the shower room was really a gas chamber? Klein gave him a bar of soap and a clean American uniform to wear.

Contrary to Nerin E. Gun’s discription of babies being gassed along with their mothers at Dachau, Glucksman told Kim Martineau, a reporter for The Hartford, CT Courant, that he remembers mothers being separated from the babies. As the women walked naked to the “showers” to be gassed, their babies were thrown into sacks and beaten or tossed in the air for target practice.

10 Comments »

  1. Ok more concussion. Should be acclimated to it by now. That’s a picture of a soldier standing in front of caskets . If the Jews were being gassed and cremated like court said they were ,why do you need caskets? That don’t make any sense at all. The Krauts had a specific area where they would shoot prisoners. Well according to the history books,that’s the whole reason they went the gas chamber route. Shooting them wasn’t a quick or efficient way. ” hanging them on meat hooks and turning starved dogs loose on them”. Was this an actual report, or was somebody attempting to make a horror movie? There’s people out there who hate Jews ,along with the spics,chinks and spooks. I think there’s another group of people that hate them,because they’re always trying to play the sympathy card. The only problem is,the Jews don’t know when to shut up. They keep adding to their stories. More fantastic claims. All they’re doing is insulting everyone’s
    Intelligence. I guess they think people are still buying into their BS stories.

    Comment by Tim — April 13, 2015 @ 2:18 pm

  2. Are all these photos “official”? By that I mean are they hearsay. All the delousing chamber fiction pumped out of London is hearsay, published as worship and circulated as catechism. Are there any photos from real soldiers, not uniformed thieves like the code breakers, ALSOS teams and comms networks, real slit trench survivors?

    Comment by thestoker — April 13, 2015 @ 1:19 am

    • American soldiers in World War II were not permitted to carry cameras with them. A few soldiers did have cameras that they had “liberated” from the dead bodies of German soldiers, who were encouraged to carry cameras. I wrote a blog post about an American G.I. who took a photo of “the blood-stained walls of the Dachau gas chamber” with a liberated camera: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/voitlander-camera/

      I don’t know of any photos of the Dachau gas chamber, taken by American soldiers, which have been published.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 13, 2015 @ 5:40 am

      • I know fg. Just asked to confirm. Funny how the world’s most criminal military would insist that their truppen would sport evidence gathering devices, Yet the world’s most media soaked society and freedom loving citizen troops would not be allowed to record anything.

        Funny old world. In fact bearing in mind that UK troops, in the aggregate, didn’t own an indoor flushing WC, the question begs how could they identify a shower facility? Funny old world.

        As an aside. The threat of German influence returning Turkey to the European fold was one reason Germany got removed from history by Mid Eastern aligned families in UK finance operating out of London City.

        Comment by thestoker — April 13, 2015 @ 8:17 am

        • Indoor flushing toilets and regular baths were a preserve of the English middle classes prior to the 1960s. The large industrial northern towns of England housed workers in back to back terraces with outside toilets in the yard. Even in the middle classes a bath more than once a week was rare. The Australians mocked English habits when they described their thirst as being ” dryer than a pommies ( Englishman’s) bath towel “.
          Most Soviet soldiers would have never seen a shower or flushing toilet in their lives. They stole a lot of toilets from Berlin and took them back to Russia in 1945.

          Comment by peter — April 13, 2015 @ 11:00 am

          • Exactly peter. When UK troops witnessed the “luxury” of ordinary Dutch persons owning indoor plumbed WCs/Baths they realised that they were getting the urine extracted from them concerning the causes/aims of the war. Two thoughts came to their minds. How come we and our families, as beneficiaries of the greatest empire ever seen and the glory of civilisation, how come we are dumping in the open air? Time for a change at home.

            RAF bombing seems to have been aimed at destroying German housing stock so that occupying troops from UK could not see how good the Germans had it.Concomitantly occupation of Germany by the conscripted was to be as short a duration as possible hence demob happened pronto so as not to have too many witnesses counter to the planned fiction to be rolled out over the coming decades regarding Germany and the aims of the war.

            Funny old war.

            Comment by thestoker — April 14, 2015 @ 5:26 am

  3. I wasn’t aware that Turkey was an ally of Germay during World War II.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — April 12, 2015 @ 7:05 pm

    • You are correct. Thanks for spotting that mistake on my blog post. I have corrected the error.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 13, 2015 @ 5:55 am

    • Turkey was neutral until several months before the end of the war, at which point it joined the Allies. Prior to the outbreak of war, Turkey signed a Mutual Aid Pact with France and Britain in 1939. After the German invasion of France, however, Turkey remained neutral, relying on a clause excusing them if military action might bring conflict with the USSR, which, after the division of Poland, Turkey feared. Then, in June, 1941, after neighboring Bulgaria joined the Axis and allowed Germany to move troops through to invade Yugoslavia and Greece, Turkey signed a non-aggression pact with Germany. Turkey was an important producer of chromite, a key ingredient in the manufacture of stainless steel and refractory brick to which the Germans had limited access. Sale of chromite to Germany or to the Allies (who had access to other sources and mainly bought in order to preclude sale to Germany) was the key issue in Turkey’s negotiations with both sides. Turkey halted its sales to Germany in April, 1944 and broke off relations in August. In February, 1945, after the Allies made its invitation to the inaugural meeting of the United Nations (along with the invitations of several other nations) conditional on full belligerency, Turkey declared war on the Axis powers, but no Turkish troops ever saw combat.

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — April 13, 2015 @ 4:55 pm


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