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May 20, 2017

Germany’s first Holocaust professor will give lectures at the former I.G. Farben headquarters

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 3:29 pm

Back when I was traveling to Holocaust sites, I wanted to see the I.G. Farben headquarters, where Jews had worked in factories. I was told that tourists were not allowed to get anywhere near this building. I was warned that I should not even say the word I.G. Farben because this place was so secret.

I. G. Farben factories at Monowitz

Now a Jewish professor will be giving lectures at the famous I.G. Farben factory, which tourists have not been allowed to see until now.

Jews working  in a factory at Monowitz

The following quote is from the news article:

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A female professor took up her appointment at a prestigious German university this week as the country’s first academic to teach the Nazi Holocaust to students.

Some lectures by historian Sybille Steinbacher will be given in the former HQ of the I.G. Farben company which in wartime made the poison gas used to massacre Jews in their millions.

Professor Steinbacher’s appointment by the Goethe University and the Frankfurt Fritz Bauer Institute was described as ‘a milestone on the way to a better understanding of the Nazi crimes and their impact on history into the present’ by Hesse state science Minister Boris Rhein.

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So the I.G. Farben company was making the Zyklon-B gas that was used to kill the Jews. They were not trying to make an atomic bomb as some people claimed.

Auschwitz III, aka Monowitz, was established in 1942 at the site of the chemical factories of IG Farbenindustrie near the small village of Monowitz, which was located four kilometers from the town of Auschwitz. The IG Farben company had independently selected this location around the same time that Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler decided, in April 1940, to locate a new concentration camp in the town of Auschwitz. The most important factory at Monowitz was the Buna Werke, which was owned by the IG Farben company.

Of the three Nazi concentration camps located near the town of Auschwitz, the Auschwitz III camp was the most important to the Nazis because of its factories which were essential to the German war effort. The Monowitz industrial complex was built by Auschwitz inmates, beginning in April 1941. Initially, the workers walked from the Auschwitz main camp to the building site, a distance of seven kilometers.

Max Faust is one of the men that inspected Monowitz along with Heinrich Himmler

The decision to build chemical factories at Auschwitz transformed both the camp and the town. On February 2, 1941, Herman Göring ordered the Jews in the town to be relocated to a ghetto, and German civilians moved into their former homes.

Auschwitz quickly went from a primitive Jewish town of 12,000 inhabitants to a modern German town of 40,000 people which included an influx of German engineers and their families. Both the main Auschwitz camp and the Birkenau camp were expanded in order to provide workers for the factories. Before Monowitz became a separate camp with barracks buildings, the prisoners had to walk from the other camps to the factories.

On July 17 and 18, 1942, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler made a visit to the Auschwitz complex. The photo directly above shows Himmler talking with German engineer Max Faust about plans for factories at Monowitz, the Auschwitz III camp.



  1. IG Farben produced Zyklon B. And IG Farben had factories at Auschwitz during the war but did not make Zyklon B there. Why? Because making Zyklon B at Auschwitz would have left no delivery notes for Zyklon B and the postwar historians couldn’t have discussed whether 95% of the delivered Zyklon B was used to kill lice and 5% of it was used to kill Jews or whether 95% of it was used to kill Jews and 5% of it was used to kill lice. What an exciting debate we would have missed… 😉

    IG Farben produced synthetic oil (syngas) through coal gasification at Auschwitz. Coal gasification produces vast amounts of carbon monoxide (CO) as a wasted byproduct. CO is a lethal poison gas. CO poisoning is even the most common type of fatal air poisoning in many countries. But for an unknown reason, the Nazis decided not to use the CO produced by their coal gasification factory at Auschwitz for their alleged industrial chemical mass murder program and rather opted for Zyklon B produced elsewhere and shipped to Auschwitz. According to the orthodox narrative, they killed many Jews with CO but only in camps where there were no coal gasification factories and where they had to burn fuel for this purpose, not at Auschwitz, where they had virtually-limitless amounts of CO available for free and wasted otherwise. For an equally unknown reason, they also decided to use neither very widespread wood gas generators ( to produce CO for genocidal purposes, nor their Zyklon-delousing railway tunnels for the same purposes.

    German Safety Poster (Unfallverhütungsbild) about wood gas generators (1943)
    “Attention – carbon monoxide – Danger of Poisoning!”
    “Do not start the generator except in the open or else vent gases to the outdoors! Do not refill in enclosed spaces.”

    Comment by hermie — May 21, 2017 @ 7:07 pm

  2. Goethe University and the Frankfurt Fritz Bauer Institute

    It isn’t a particularly ‘prestigious university’, even inside Germany (let alone outside) — if it was, there would be no need to resort to this kind of absurd publicity stunt to get attention — from the DM link: Minister Rhein said; ‘We wanted to ensure that there is a Holocaust chair in Frankfurt, the first in Germany. It will be a unique selling point for the city, along with the Fritz-Bauer-Institute.’ — instead, she would have just been hired as a history professor — somehow I don’t think today’s students will be flocking to Frankfurt — a rather ugly city — to wallow in ‘Holocaust’ guilt.

    Comment by eah — May 20, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

    • a rather ugly city

      To be fair to Frankfurt: there is a reason it, like many other German cities (eg Nürnberg, Köln), is not as attractive as it could be/once was:

      Frankfurt hat leider keine historische Altstadt mehr. Nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg lag fast alles in Schutt und Asche. Auch die paar Fachwerkhäuser, die jetzt wieder auf dem Römerberg stehen, wurden neu aufgebaut…

      The inner city, with its many beautiful, old historic buildings (s.g. Fachwerkhäuser), was destroyed by Allied bombing.



      Ein Fachwerkhaus

      Comment by eah — May 21, 2017 @ 6:21 am

  3. I read Steinbacher’s book on Auschwitz. I didn’t particularly like it. I thought it was too short.

    Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — May 20, 2017 @ 3:43 pm

  4. If it’s a factory for making ZB,why are those guys welding? They don’t look like they’re repairing anything . They look like assembly line workers. I’m willing to believe they were working on nukes there. I read somewhere,heavy water was the only thing that kept Germany from building a nuke . Lord knows they had people smart enough to make one. Think about it. They made the Horton. That had a low radar signature. We didn’t come up with anything like that until our B2 and F117. I say Germany was probably closer to a nuke than we realize.

    Comment by Tim — May 20, 2017 @ 3:42 pm

    • “If it’s a factory for making ZB,why are those guys welding?”

      They didn’t manufacture ZB there, Tim. Those deliveries came from somewhere else. Can’t remember off hand where.

      Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — May 20, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

      • I kind of figured so. I can’t figure out what they need welders for,if they’re making ZB. The way the tables were side by side,it looked more like assembly line work of some kind.
        Oh well. Just more BS they want to shovel us.

        Comment by Tim — May 20, 2017 @ 10:21 pm

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