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July 25, 2015

Photographs of the human hair in the Auschwitz Museum are no longer allowed

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:03 am

From a news article, which you can read in full here, I have learned that photographs of the hair, cut from the heads of the Jews at Auschwitz, are no longer allowed. Is this because the hair might be harmed by the flash of cameras? No, I think it is to prevent tourists from being trampled to death.

This quote is from the news article:

Knowing what was behind the glass [display cases] made it all so surreal.

Kevin Wagner of Carlisle was told heading into the [museum] room that no photography was allowed; that the contents [of the display cases] were considered holy by Jews.

There piled high from floor to ceiling [in a display case] was a mound of human hair shaved from the heads of men, women and children doomed to suffer an untimely death in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

It was a co-mingled mass of strands colored black, brown and red with some even done up in braids. It was way too much to process…way too much to take in at once. Overwhelmed, Wagner broke down and cried while two others in the group left the room unsettled by the sight of so much lost humanity.

“How could another human being do this to somebody?” recalled Wagner, social studies program chair for the Carlisle Area School District.

“It was methodically efficient,” he added. “You can’t wrap your head around how someone can come up with that.”

Wait a minute! Was the hair cut from the heads of the Jews before or after they went into the gas chamber?  It would have been difficult to cut the hair from the dead bodies AFTER the Jews were gassed, so the hair must have been cut BEFORE the gassing. So why does the hair show the effects of gassing?

Personally, I think that the reason that photographs of the hair at Auschwitz are no longer allowed, is because there were, in the past, so many tourists crowding around the hair exhibit, trying to take photos, that there was a serious danger of someone being trampled to death.

When I first visited the exhibits in the main Auschwitz camp in 1998, there were so many people trying to take photos of the hair that I could not get close enough to take a photo. I had to be satisfied with taking a photo of a small amount of human hair.

 Cloth made from human hair is displayed in Auschwitz Museum

Cloth made from human hair is displayed in Auschwitz Museum (click to enlarge photo)

I took the photo above in the Auschwitz Museum in 1998.  I have borrowed the photo below, which was taken by a Polish photographer in 2004.

Auschwitz  28.12.2004 Human hair in display case at Auschwitz Photo Credit: Lukasz Trzcinski

Auschwitz 28.12.2004
Human hair in display case at Auschwitz
Photo Credit: Lukasz Trzcinski

Hungarian Jewish women head to their baracks aftr their heads were shaved

Hungarian Jewish women walking to their barracks after their heads have been shaved, and they have been given uniforms to wear

The photo above shows that the hair of the women at Auschwitz was cut before they were sent to the gas chamber.  In fact, these women look as if they have been selected to work at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Why was their hair shaved?  The hair must have been shaved to prevent typhus, which is spread by lice that hides in the hair. Their public hair was also shaved — by a man.

This quote is also from the news article, cited above:

As World War II in Europe drew to a close, the Red Army of the Soviet Union was advancing rapidly from the east. Eager to hide evidence of the Holocaust, the Nazis burned to the ground the death camp at Belzec.

Wagner [who visited Belzec] described that memorial as a lunar landscape on a slope with a center path where visitors walk down a ramp to a wall carved with hundreds of Jewish surnames. The further Wagner descended, the more confining the space until he felt as though he was about to suffocate.

On my trips to Poland, many years ago, I did not visit Belzec because my tour guide told me that there was absolutely nothing there to see, except an empty field; the memorial had not yet been built. The Holocaust allegedly started with the gassing of Jews at Belzec, so why did Belzec get no respect for many years?

The entire camp that was Belzec has been covered with rocks

The entire camp Belzec camp has been covered with rocks and no one is allowed to dig there Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris (Click to enlarge)

The Belzec Memorial includes a very deep path (Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris)

The Belzec Memorial includes a very deep path (Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris)

The deep path through the Belzec Memorial (Photo credit: Bonnie M. Harris)

The very deep path that was cut through the Belzec Memorial site  (Photo credit: Bonnie M. Harris)

The entire Belzec Camp is now a field of broken concrete Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris

The entire Belzec Camp is now a field of broken concrete Photo Credit: Bonnie M. Harris

You can read all about Belzec on my website at

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Belzec/Belzec01.html

11 Comments

  1. Auschwitz, Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka and Majdanec……….so they’re all fictitious too . are they ? And they are only the ones in Poland. What about the ones in Germany

    Comment by Iain — September 28, 2020 @ 6:20 am

  2. Any discussion here on who was killed, what really happened and how is disgraceful. Who are you ignorant pompous and safe sad examples of humanity
    to pass judgement on something you know nothing about. The lack of emotion and empathy here speaks volumes about the kind of poeple you are.

    Comment by kebratic — October 11, 2019 @ 3:02 am

    • “Any discussion here on who was killed, what really happened and how is disgraceful”

      You’re using satire … right? 😉

      “something you know nothing about”

      You’re the ignorant one, you need to do some research on the other side; once you do, the Holohoax falls apart like a cheap suit.

      “The lack of emotion and empathy here speaks volumes about the kind of poeple you are”

      Even though, to a reasonable person, it sounds like you are using satire ….. somehow I get the feeling that you are serious.

      Emotion is the most dangerous enemy of truth, logic, reason and investigation.

      Every jury in America is advised by the judge, NOT to judge evidence by emotion.

      Emotion is what the mass media (((propagandists))) rely on almost 100%, because they know as long as they can keep people emotional, they can’t think straight and they can be easily manipulated ….. it seems to be working on you in spades!

      Read the book: “Dissecting the Holocaust”

      You can purchase it, or Download it for free:

      http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?main_page=1&page_id=1

      Comment by Sockpuppet2012 — October 11, 2019 @ 12:02 pm

  3. I was in Auschwitz two weeks ago. They told us that people who were sent to the Gas chambers upon arrival got shaved after their death (as well as their gold theet pulled out), whilst people who got to stay a few days and work were shaved when they got their numbers tattooed (which was not neccessary for those who were killed directly). They were made to believe that it was to protect them from lice and flees. Of course it’s gruelsome nontheless.

    Comment by Poppy — August 6, 2017 @ 6:42 am

    • You wrote: “I was in Auschwitz two weeks ago. They told us that people who were sent to the Gas chambers upon arrival got shaved after their death…”

      Who is they? Did “they” say why the hair was shaved AFTER their death? Shouldn’t the hair be shaved before death? After death, the hair would be full of poison gas.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 6, 2017 @ 9:12 am

  4. Photos are enormously important as propaganda, all-powerful one might even say–but as serious “evidence,” well?: https://rodoh.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2199

    Comment by Friedrich Paul Berg — July 25, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

    • “the Black Rabbit” is correct that one of the photos, which you identified as taken at Dachau, is a photo that was taken at Buchenwald.

      I don’t know of any photos which show people that were gassed.

      Comment by furtherglory — July 25, 2015 @ 5:20 pm

      • I corrected my error long ago. The point is that the photos from the camps, the most persausive “evidence,” are in fact no true evidence that even one person was ever gassed by the Nazis. The great killer in the camps and elsewhere was disease aided by the Allied terror bombing of civilian targets. Eternal shame on America and Britain!

        Comment by Friedrich Paul Berg — July 26, 2015 @ 7:32 am

        • You are exactly right.

          Comment by furtherglory — July 26, 2015 @ 8:37 am

        • SERIOUSLY!!! It’s people like you, those of you whom put their heads in the sand and deny the obvious. You are one of those that are easily lead astray and too weak in your own convictions and humanity to know true empathy and willing to deny the facts and truth rather than have the courage to educate yourself and come to your own conclusion. I challenge you to WAKE UP and have the courage to truly look at history. The, “allies” were saviors not criminals and certainly did not cause the disgustingly inhumane events of, ”The holocaust”.
          The “Holocaust” happened. Perpetrated by a PIECE OF SHIT LUNATIC ASSHOLE named Adolf Hitler and his Nazi followers, a bunch of murderous cowards; followers of a sick ideology of racial superiority and fear based ignorance.

          Comment by Steve — February 10, 2020 @ 11:15 pm

  5. The British press locally is rapidly declining in circulation and are always grateful for HET sponsored advertorials.

    Comment by peter — July 25, 2015 @ 11:54 am


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