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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

5 Comments »

  1. 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

  2. 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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