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May 30, 2017

The disinfection chambers for clothing at Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:47 pm

It has come to my attention that there are still people who believe that the clothing disinfection chambers at Dachau were used for gassing the prisoners.

My photo of doors into clothing disinfection chambers at Dachau

When the American soldiers liberated Dachau, one of the first buildings that they saw was the building where the clothing of the prisoners had been disinfected to kill the lice that spreads typhus. The soldiers thought that the prisoners were told to take off their clothes, hang the clothes neatly on hangers and then step into the gas chamber to be killed, a few at a time.

At that time, in 1945, few people knew what an actual gas chamber looked like. When the American soldiers saw the door with the word “Gaszeit” on the door, they assumed that this was a room where the Dachau prisoners had been gassed.

Clothing hung up outside the “gas chamber” door at Dachau

The American soldiers who liberated Dachau had never seen a homicidal gas chamber, as I had. I had seen the real gas chamber in Jefferson City, MO when I was a child.  The American soldiers thought that the prisoners were told to take off their clothing and hang everything neatly outside the homicidal gas chamber before going into a small room to be killed with poison gas.

These American soldiers had never before heard of using poison gas to kill lice. At that time, America was using DDT for this purpose. Typhus had been completely wiped out in America and most of these soldiers had never heard of it; they didn’t know that typhus is a contagious disease spread by body lice.

They saw the word “gas” written on the 4 disinfection chamber doors, and assumed that these were the infamous gas chambers used for killing the Jews, which they had heard about. They saw the deloused clothing hung up and assumed that the prisoners had been forced to undress and hang their clothing neatly on a hanger before entering the disinfection chambers to be killed.

It had been common knowledge throughout the world since June 1942 that the Nazis were murdering millions of Jews in gas chambers.

The photograph below, which was taken by T/4 Sidney Blau on April 30, 1945, shows a US soldier standing in front of one of the disinfection chamber doors. Note the word “Gaszeit” on the door, which has since been repainted. Gaszeit is a German word that means gas time in English.

The photograph below, which was taken by T/4 Sidney Blau on April 30, 1945, shows a US soldier standing in front of one of the disinfection chamber doors. Note the word “Gaszeit” on the door, which has since been repainted. Gaszeit means gas time in English.

American soldier poses in front of what he thinks is a homicidal gas chamber at Dachau

These American soldiers had never heard of using poison gas to kill lice. At that time, America was using DDT for this purpose. Typhus had been completely wiped out in America and most of these soldiers had never heard of it; they didn’t know that typhus is a contagious disease spread by body lice.

 

4 Comments »

  1. “The photograph below, which was taken by T/4 Sidney Blau on April 30, 1945, shows a US soldier standing in front of one of the disinfection chamber doors.” What does T/4 refer to? Sidney Blau was an American soldier I assume.

    There were 9.000 German speaking mostly Jewish US soldiers trained in Syke War (psychological warfare) at Camp Ritchie, Maryland and the Camp Sharpe Annex in Gettysburg. Psychological warfare included spreading disinformation in the military media (Stars & Stripes etc.), occupied German media (radio, newspapers, movie houses) and the U.S. media. U.S. Dept. of Psychological Warfare Brigidier General C.D. Jackson was the editor-in-chief of Time, LIFE and Fortune magazines. Brigidier General William S. Paley was the (Jewish) head of CBS broadcasting. Jackson and Paley laisiws with the British SOE (PWE) and MOI throughout the war. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20161021-the-psychological-tricks-used-to-help-win-world-war-two

    Comment by who dares wings — May 30, 2017 @ 2:36 pm

  2. FG comment “It had been common knowledge throughout the world since June 1942 that the Nazis were murdering millions of Jews in gas chambers”.

    You mean false common knowledge…..

    JR

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — May 30, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

    • You wrote: “You mean false common knowledge…..”

      Yes, it was common knowledge that was false.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 30, 2017 @ 2:03 pm


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