Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: a team of architects and academics has created a room of architectural evidence from Auschwitz that shows how the Nazi concentration camp was purposefully designed as a killing facility (+ slideshow).

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After my first visit to Aushwitz in 1998, I wrote about the main camp on my website at

I wrote about the buildings in the main camp on this page of my website:

How could I have been so wrong about Auschwitz? I tried my best, but my best wasn’t good enough.

The following quote is also from the news article:

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“This is evidence of the worst crime ever committed by an architect, [Hitler]” explained University of Waterloo professor Robert Jan van Pelt, who curated the exhibition with fellow professors Donald McKay and Anne Bordeleau, and arts producer Sascha Hastings.

“This is the worst thing an architect has ever done – it is the baseline of evil in architecture,” he told Dezeen.

The Evidence Room Auschwitz exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2016

The photo above is included in the article.  I seriously question whether this photo shows the peephole in the alleged Auschwitz gas chamber.  I don’t recall that the peephole in the door looked like this.

Outside door into Auschwitz gas chamber

Outside door into the alleged Auschwitz homicidal gas chamber

When I visited Auschwitz for the first time in 1998, my tour guide and I entered through the door shown in the photo above. Now this door is closed and locked; tourists now enter the gas chamber through the oven room where the bodies were burned.

Maybe one of my readers would like to photoshop the photo above to show the peephole in this door. I am too old, and too lazy, to do this myself.  Besides that, I don’t think that the photo of the door, that is shown in the news article, was taken at the alleged Auschwitz gas chamber.

Tourists now enter through this door into the oven room

Tourists now enter through this door into the oven room

The current story of the Auschwitz gas chamber is that the victims stood outside the oven room door, which is shown in the photo above, and the Commandant of the camp told them that they were going inside to take a shower, after which they would be served hot soup. They were told to take their hand luggage inside with them. Allegedly, some of the victims took a block of cheese out of their luggage and ate it while they were waiting for the poison gas to kill them.