I feel as if I am being put on trial.
There is an argument going on, in the discussion section of my blog, regarding the alleged first gassing of prisoners in Block 11 in the Auschwitz main camp.
The following questions, about the alleged first gassing have been put to me:
- So what exactly about it is unbelievable?
2. Dirt being used as a cover for an internally barred window?
3. Seems like the bars after enough would build up could act as a block for the dirt.
4. The door not being air tight?
I am going to answer these questions with the following information:
Karl Fritzsch, the camp commander and the deputy of Rudolf Höss, allegedly took it upon himself to carry out this first gassing, while his superior officer, Rudolf Höss, was away. IOW, the commandant of the camp did not have permission to gas these prisoners.
In 1998, my private tour guide told me that the room, where the prisoners were gassed, was sealed by packing dirt into the concrete well around the window outside; then the prisoners were shoved inside. Zyklon-B crystals were thrown in through the door, and the door was quickly shut. I don’t think that a German person would put dirt down into a window well because it would have been very hard to clean it out.
The subjects of this first mass killing on September 3, 1941 were 600 Russian POWs and 250 sick prisoners. According to my tour guide, testing, that had been done in the previous months, had determined the right amount of Zyklon-B needed to kill a room full of people. There is no information on the names of the prisoners killed in the testing.
The exact date of the gassing is apparently unknown. In a book entitled “Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp,” edited by Israel Gutman and Michael Berenbaum, it was stated that the murder of 600 Soviet Prisoners of War and about 250 sick prisoners took place in Block 11 between September 3rd and September 5th.
The authors also quoted from a report by the prisoner underground which said that 600 Soviet prisoners and 200 Poles were gassed in Block 11 on the night of September 5th and 6th.