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April 19, 2017

“the terracotta floors in the [gas] chambers … became very slippery when wet”.

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:11 am

Fareham-Terracotta-Floor34-Finished.jpeg

An expensive terracotta floor in an American bathroom

My 2001 photo of  Dachau gas chamber shows  a brick floor

You can read all about the gas chamber at Auschwitz on my website at https://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.html

The title of my blog post today is a quote from a news article which you can read in full at

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/apr/18/opening-un-holocaust-files-archive-war-crimes-commission

The following quote is from the news article:

Begin quote

War crimes files revealing early evidence of Holocaust death camps that was smuggled out of eastern Europe are among tens of thousands of files to be made public for the first time this week.

[….]

The Polish government in exile, the files also record, supplied extraordinarily detailed descriptions to the UNWCC of concentration camps such as Treblinka and Auschwitz, where millions of Jews were gassed. The accounts had been smuggled out of occupied eastern Europe. A charge sheet from April 1944 mention victims being forced to strip off clothing and how “the terracotta floors in the [gas] chambers … became very slippery when wet”.

End quote

When I remodeled my 1938 house, I wanted to have a terracotta floor in my kitchen, but my builder told me that few people in America in 1938 were rich enough to have a terracotta floor. I settled for a more appropriate floor in light green.

The gas chambers at Treblinka have been destroyed and there is nothing left of them, but the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp is still there. My photo below shows the Auschwitz gas chamber.

My 2005 photo of Auschwitz gas chamber

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that a terracotta floor would be red in color.  A terracotta floor is very expensive, Why would such a floor be put into a gas chamber?

14 Comments »

  1. “Why would such a floor be put into a gas chamber?”

    Because it was really a shower room, part of the delousing of deportees. (I’m talking about Treblinka, not about Auschwitz.)

    Comment by hermie — April 20, 2017 @ 1:11 am

    • From memory the flooring in the bathhouse had terracotta tiles as flooring, anyone that is visiting the site in future can check this out .It was here where newly arrived prisoners had their heads shaved, were disinfected, showered and then sent to the barracks dressed in their prisoner clothing. Those already imprisoned came here once a week.
      Many also tell of the relief at being able to finally wash themselves with a piece of soap or to feel briefly the luxury of warm water after the frequently long transports or weeks of imprisonment. (I believe there was also a sauna)

      So, what is the fuss about Terracotta Tiles?

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — April 20, 2017 @ 2:30 am

      • You wrote: “From memory the flooring in the bathhouse had terracotta tiles as flooring,”

        Are you referring to the flooring in the Dachau gas chamber? I have a photo on my website which shows the floor. I would call this a brick floor, not terracotta. The brick floor could be called “terracotta colored brick.”

        http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/history02.html

        Comment by furtherglory — April 20, 2017 @ 10:37 am

        • FG
          No, I am referring to the bathhouse proper, where tiles from memory covered the flooring. When you look at today’s pricing structures, the costs are on an average of NZ$ 5.00 per square meter, I consider that a reasonable price and would be value for money in 1933.

          Tow out of three bathrooms in our property have these tiles, which all came from Italy

          Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — April 20, 2017 @ 6:23 pm

          • Herbert …Did deadly elements come out of you showerheads.

            JR

            Comment by Jim Rizoli — April 20, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

      • You wrote: “what is the fuss about Terracotta Tiles?”

        As I recall, one of the American liberators of Dachau said that the floor in the shower room, which was called a gas chamber by the liberators, was made of Teracota brick. I interpreted this to mean that the brick floor was the color of Teracotta. Real terracotta would have been too expensive to put into a shower room in a prison camp.

        Comment by furtherglory — April 20, 2017 @ 10:52 am

        • FG
          It seems to me that you have missed looking at the bathhouse building which was still operating and in use after the liberation. It is still shown on guided tours through the memorial site. Although I never took part in them.

          Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — April 20, 2017 @ 6:37 pm

          • PS
            I did publish a picture of the prisoners bath-house on my blog: http://dachaukz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/dachau-kz-suffering-and-death.html, perhaps this might make it clearer about terracotta flooring tiles

            Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — April 20, 2017 @ 9:52 pm

            • You wrote: “I did publish a picture of the prisoners bath-house on my blog”

              I looked at your blog and saw the photo. It is a photo of an actual shower room. I have the same photo on this blog post:

              https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/dachau-shower-room/

              Comment by furtherglory — April 21, 2017 @ 8:13 am

              • Wow an actual shower room how evil is that. Imagine those bad Germans actually letting people take showers.. I’m really disgusted to see that they would do that. Why didn’t they have gas coming out of the shower heads so the people would all fall down and die that would make a good horror Disneyland story wouldn’t it.
                Again the Jews take an innocent thing and make it into a bad thing.

                JR

                Comment by Jim Rizoli — April 21, 2017 @ 10:21 am

  2. extraordinarily detailed

    Lack of detail has never really been the big problem — it’s that the details/accounts offered are not believable, sometimes even absurd.

    Comment by eah — April 19, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

  3. It’s pretty simple nothing but the best for the Jews.

    JR

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — April 19, 2017 @ 11:51 am

    • The Jews probably didn’t realize that only rich Jews could afford a terracotta floor. The Nazis could not afford to supply terracotta floors for the gas chambers.

      Comment by furtherglory — April 19, 2017 @ 1:13 pm

      • The Germans couldn’t afford the ZB to kill all those people remember they say 95% of the zyklon-b was used for fumigation so that other 5% would have been used to kill people which is ridiculous to think that but either way ZB is very expensive to use to kill people there are many other ways to kill them without the cost. Sadly Hitler didn’t use any method to mass murder Jews and here we had today with them all bitching and moaning about it.

        JR

        Comment by Jim Rizoli — April 19, 2017 @ 1:17 pm


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