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December 20, 2015

The disinfection sign at Auschwitz

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 9:52 am

With a new Holocaust movie in theaters now, there will be a lot of interest in the gas chambers where the Jews were allegedly killed, so I decided to do a google search to find out what a google search would turn up.

The first website to come up in my search was this one:  http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/othercamps/auschwitzgaschambers.html

I consider the website, that is cited above, to be an excellent source for studying the Holocaust.  That is why it comes up first in a search. Young people will be going to this website first.

My Auschwitz gas chamber web pages are way down on the results page, where few people will bother to read them.

My photo of the building that was called the Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the building that was called the Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The photo below is shown on the H.E.A.R.T  website page about the gas chambers, but in a smaller size.

Sign that was allegedly over the entrance to a gas chamber at Auschwitz

Sign that was allegedly over the entrance to a gas chamber at Auschwitz

On my website, I have a photo of this same sign, which I took at Auschwitz-Birkenau in the SHOWER ROOM that is in the building called the Sauna, which is shown in my photo above.

My photo of the shower room at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the shower room in the Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the sign over the entrance to the shower room at Auschwitz-Birkenau

My photo of the sign over the entrance to the shower room at Auschwitz-Birkenau

This quote, which is about the first gas chamber building at Auschwitz-Birkenau, is from the H.E.A.R.T  website cited above:

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A farmhouse belonging to one of the evacuated inhabitants of [Auschwitz] Birkenau, which Adolf Eichmann had identified during his first visit to Auschwitz, had its windows walled up, its doors strengthened and sealed by screwing them in place, and shafts drilled in the walls. The entrance door bore the inscription “To the Baths”, and on the inside of the exit door , which opened out into the open countryside, the inscription “To Disinfection” was emblazoned.

End quote

My two photos above show the original signs on the wall which can still be seen in the Sauna building. The first sign says “Desinfizierte Wäsche.” Before their shower, the prisoners had to first be submerged into a tub of disinfectant to kill any germs or lice on their bodies.

The second sign says “Brausen” which means Showers in English. The yellow and black stripes alert visitors that the doorway is very low because people were shorter back in those days.

The H.E.A.R.T  website page which shows the disinfection sign begins with this quote:

Begin quote
Initially the process of killing and ventilation of the gas chamber lasted several hours. Later, after the installation of ventilators, this period was shortened to about an hour.

After this time had elapsed, the prisoners of the crematorium squad proceeded to burn the corpses. All of this took place in the deepest secrecy, with participation limited to the minimum number of SS men from the camp command and the Political Department.

Among those who took part in these actions were Maximilian Grabner, Franz Hossler, and the disinfection expert Adolf Theuer.

The modest capacity of the crematorium, which could cope with 340 corpses in the space of 24 hours and the difficulty of keeping the whole action a secret, resulted in the operation being transferred to [Auschwitz] Birkenau.

End quote

What I am trying to say here is that young people who are studying the Holocaust should go to more than one website for information.  In a google search, the True Believer websites come up first.