There were two gas chamber buildings at the Majdanek concentration camp in Poland; one of these buildings had gas chambers for killing Jews, and the other identical building had gas chambers for killing lice. This was a terrible insult to the Jews, to have been treated no differently than lice were treated.
The homicidal gas chamber for Jews at Majdanek was located only a few feet from a major highway that goes through Poland. A person driving by could have thrown a rock and hit the back side of the homicidal gas chamber.
Why would the Nazis have gassed Jews within plain site of the whole world? The Nazis thought that they would win the war and that they would rule the world, after all the Jews had been killed. They weren’t worried about any accusations of having used homicidal gas chambers.
In the photo above, note the peephole which is also shown in the photo just above it.
Carlo Mottogno, the world’s most famous writer of Holocaust history, wrote the following:
It was in August of 1944 that a Polish-Soviet investigation committee announced the existence of homicidal gas chambers in the Lublin concentration camp known as “Majdanek“. The Polish historians who were responsible for giving credence to ‘findings’ of that committee were confronted with some highly perplexing difficulties; for one thing, the gas chambers which are mentioned in the remaining documentation of the Central Construction Administration of the Majdanek concentration camp are invariably designated as “Delousing Chambers” or “Disinfestation Chambers“, and secondly, for all practical purposes, there are no eyewitness reports of human beings being homicidally gassed. Polish historiography ‘solved’ the first problem by presupposing the use of ‘camouflage’ language, which means that documents referring to delousing and disinfestation were said to be referring to homicidal gassings of human beings. Deliveries of Zyklon to the camp were interpreted in the same way.
Why are tourists not allowed to even get near the other gas chamber at Majdanek — the one for killing lice? I believe that we are not allowed to even peek in the windows of this building because it is identical to the alleged homicidal gas chamber, except that it has no showers for the prisoners.
Upon entering Barrack No. 41, which is the gas chamber building, you first come to the bare, unfurnished undressing room which has narrow wooden boards over the concrete floor. Then you enter the shower room, a large room with rows of exposed water pipes and sprinkler-type shower heads on the ceiling; this room also has a wooden floor over concrete. At one end of the shower room, there are two large concrete bathtubs.
My tour guide explained to me that the prisoners were not allowed to loll in the bathtub, but had to get in and out within a few seconds. The bathtubs were probably filled with disinfectant, as was the case at other camps such as Buchenwald.
This shower room was also used by incoming prisoners who were selected to work at Majdanek, which was a labor camp as well as an alleged extermination camp for the Jews.
The door into the three gas chambers in Barrack Number 41 is located in the shower room. When I visited in 1998, a sign in the shower room said that the prisoners were given a shower before gassing to “quite (sic) them down.”
My tour guide explained that the victims were given a hot shower so they would die more quickly in the gas chamber because the Nazis found that the heat of the bodies caused the gas to work faster. Zyklon-B comes in crystal form, like tiny ice-blue rocks, and the pellets must be heated before they release the poison gas which kills lice or people.
The Majdanek gas chamber building had a heating unit outside the chambers which blew hot air into the chamber to activate the poison gas, so a hot shower, before the victims entered the gas chamber, was not really necessary.
At Majdanek, there is a total of four gas chambers, according to the Museum guidebook, which says that the gas chamber right next to the shower room was “a makeshift chamber which presumably had begun functioning before the other three were opened.” The fourth gas chamber, which is disguised as a shower room, is in the reconstructed crematorium.