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June 27, 2017

The glass door into the Auschwitz gas chamber

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:58 am

My photo of glass door into gas chamber in Auschwitz main camp


My close-up photo of the gas chamber door

One of the regular readers of my blog asked, in a comment, how I know that the glass door into the alleged gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp is original, as I stated in a recent blog post.

The insinuation is that Holocaust deniers have somehow sneaked into the alleged gas chamber and installed a glass door to prove that the alleged gas chamber was not a gas chamber.

The alleged gas chamber room in the Auschwitz main camp was originally used as a morgue to store corpses prior to cremation in the ovens in the room next door. Neither the gas chamber, nor the morgue, included the area where a washroom was once located. This means that the victims had to go through two small rooms in order to get to the gas chamber, and that neither the morgue, nor the gas chamber, had a floor drain since the only drain that can be seen today is in the washroom area of the reconstructed gas chamber. The gas chamber, as seen by tourists today, includes the area of the former washroom.

When the alleged gas chamber building was converted into an air raid shelter in September 1944, a new door was cut into what is now called the gas chamber.

During the time that the building was used as an air raid shelter, the morgue room was divided into four small rooms.

During the reconstruction in 1947, the walls of the small rooms in the morgue were removed, along with the wall of the small washroom.

The victims had to first walk through a small room which was a room for “storage for spare gratings” at that time. When the building was used as a morgue, this same room was used as a “laying out room.”

According to the original blueprint of the building, the wash room was a separate room from the morgue. When the morgue was converted into a gas chamber, the victims had to go through a door into the “laying out” room or a door from the vestibule into the wash room to enter the gas chamber. This means that the gas chamber had no floor drain and no way to clean the room, according to the Auschwitz Museum.

However, Fred Leuchter wrote the following in his infamous Report, after examining the gas chamber in Februrary 1988:

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We had, by this time, obtained blueprints of the alleged gas-chamber facility and were able to follow the structural changes back to the dates in question. We also verified the existence of the floor drain for the periods of alleged gas chamber usage.

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For over fifty years, visitors to Auschwitz were told that the reconstructed gas chamber was in its original state. On my 1998 visit to Auschwitz, I was led to believe that what I was seeing was the original gas chamber, complete with two wooden doors that both opened inward, a large floor drain, and drains for two toilets.



German vocabulary word of the day: “Scheißhaufen”

Filed under: Germany, Language, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:00 am

The video, which you can see by clicking on the link above, is an example of “Scheißhaufen” according to an outstanding native German speaker.

You can see the German word “Scheißhaufen” used in a sentence in a comment made by Herbert Stolpmann, which you can read in the quote below.

Begin quote from Stolpmann

Well hermie -FG

That strong and vibrant voice of mein Führer is now silent [actually it sounds like a dog barking] and the world he set on fire will never be the same, at least not for me.
Just keep cranking out some more of these Scheißhaufen, some people like you seem to like it!

End quote from Stolpmann

In his youth, Stolpmann fought for Germany all the way to the bitter end, until he was ordered to surrender.  Then he survived as a member of the Disarmed Enemy Forces.  His first-hand recollections of those days are very valuable, and I have the utmost respect for his stories.  However, I fear that the word Scheißhaufen might lose something in translation.

Stolpmann is an outstanding blogger in his own right.

You can read his 2017 blog posts, about Dachau, by clicking here: