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October 25, 2017

The famous swimming pool at Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 12:10 pm

My photo of swimming pool repair at Auschwitz, October 2005

The photo above is an early morning shot of Block 6, one of the brick barracks buildings in the Auschwitz main camp. In the background, you can see construction workers repairing the swimming pool.

The photo below shows what the swimming pool looked like in 1996 before preservation work began. The high diving board is at the far end in the background of the photo. The diving board itself  has been removed.

Swimming pool at Auschwitz, 1996

In the background, on the left side of the photo above, you can see the wall around the camp, and on the right, you can see Buildings number 7 and 8 in the camp.

When I visited Auschwitz in 1998, I asked to see the swimming pool, but I was told by my tour guide that it was not on the tour. My tour guide told me that there were two swimming pools, one for the prisoners and one for the SS men, but she refused to show me either one of the pools.

When I returned to Auschwitz in 2005, the swimming pool for the prisoners was still not included on the tour, but I found it by myself as I wandered around on my own in the early morning.

The swimming pool is now called a water reservoir on a sign board that was erected some time after my visit to Auschwitz in October 2005. The words on the sign board are in Polish, English and Hebrew; the sign reads as follows: “Fire brigade reservoir built in the form of a swimming pool, probably in early 1944.”

There is also a water reservoir at the Mauthausen concentration camp which is built in the form of a swimming pool. On my 1998 tour of Auschwitz Birkenau, I saw a pool of water along the main road in the Birkenau camp. My tour guide told me that this was a water reservoir; this pool was gone when I visited Birkenau in 2005.

Barbara Cherish, the daughter of Arthur Liebehenschel, wrote a book which was published in 2009, entitled “My father, the Auschwitz commandant.” In her book, Barbara credits her father with building a swimming pool for the use of the prisoners. Liebehenschel was the Commandant of the Auschwitz main camp for five months, beginning on December 1, 1943. Liebehenschel is credited with other improvements at Auschwitz I, including the tearing down of the standing cells in Block 11.

In the Epilogue of the book entitled “Death Dealer,” which was first published in 1992 as the autobiography of Auschwitz Kommandant Rudolf Höss, the editor of the book, Steven Paskuly wrote the following:

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When Höss was promoted to Berlin, his replacement, Kommandant Arthur Liebehenschel, was put in charge of just the Auschwitz camp… […] He had the water trough near Blocks 7 and 8 converted into a swimming pool for Kapos and prisoners who worked well.

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20 Comments »

  1. Jew-tube has deleted 7 of my youtube accounts up until today and are most likely going to delete them all. They don’t want people seeing the other side of the story, so that should tell you something.

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    Comment by Jim Rizoli — November 24, 2018 @ 7:29 am

    • GENERAL AMENITIES at AUSCHWITZ by jewish Auschwitz survivor Professor MARC KLEIN–

      “In his booklet, [Auschwitz survivor] Marc Klein wrote that “ The camp made very good impression : the blocks were stone, several floors, the streets very neatly kept….there existed a hospital with specialized sections according to the most modern hospital techniques….there were also large and well-equipped wash houses and toilets, collectively built according to the modern principles of sanitary hygiene…. Each toilet was under the supervision of a number of detainees, one of whom was responsible ( Scheissmeister) was especially responsible for the cleanliness of the premises…. There is no doubt that the problem of sanitary facilities, which is one of the most vulnerable points of human group hygiene, was solved in Auschwitz-I in the cleanest, most modern and most rational. As a doctor, I dare to insist on this point …The washrooms were large (there were sometimes up to 100 taps) and well enough installed so that everyone could do a complete toilet in the morning. Every prisoner had to receive periodically a piece of soap and a towel, there were enough toothbrushes in the camp … vast and well fitted-out wash houses along with communal W.C.’s built according to the modern principles of sanitary hygiene” (p. 10), “the micro-wave delousing process which had just been created” (p. 14), “the mechanical bakery” (p. 15) the legal aid for the detainees (pp. 16-17), the existence of “dietetic cooking” for some of the sick, with “special soups and even a special bread” (p. 26), “a library where numerous reference works, classic textbooks, and periodicals could be found” (p. 27),…, a cinema, a cabaret, an orchestra (p. 31),..Auschwitz-I therefore had a real fanaticism of cleanliness. The sanitary police were made according to the most modern principles of hygiene….. Once again, I do not think I can exaggerate by saying that what counts most in the hierarchy of the elements of appreciation of an inmate by our supervisors is the fact of having freshly shaved cheeks and shoes rigorously cared for…Block 24, whose ground floor formed a large rehearsal room for the camp orchestra was on the first floor divided into rooms for public girls. The first floor of block 2, quarantine block when I arrived, was later transformed into cabaret, cinema and concerts…Block 25 contained the canteen, a vast counter where one could buy tobacco and cigarettes at first free, then gradually rationed  ; there were also a number of toiletries ….Between block 1 and block 2 a shack converted into showers had a very important output It worked day and night, for newcomers as well as for mandatory collective or individual showers to which each prisoner was required to submit in principle at least once a week. It was also used for delousing sessions;….Beyond block 21 ….was the new mechanical laundry, equipped with a very modern equipment and working in successive teams, day and night. The clothes of the detainees, which were periodically renewed, were washed there. ….The hygiene measures provided by the camp management, carried out by the SS staff as well as by the detainees…. left little to be desired….During the time I spent at Auschwitz, the number of lice carriers was very small…. The discovery of a louse led to the delousing of a whole group of blocks, or even the whole camp. The louse is a frightening threat to any human community living in a confined space ….Dry scrubbing or wet delousing, this detail was important…. Paperwork and administration occupied a prominent place in Auschwitz-I. Each detainee had several cards arranged in imposing card libraries  ; health card for the hospital  ; card of correspondence going to Paketstelle …. another card for the Politische Abteilung (Gestapo of the camp)  ; last but not least, the general registration form. At the time of the establishment of these cards each of us received a registration number…..In addition to the SS administration, there was what might be called the internal administration of the camp, entirely made up of prisoners, at the top of which there was a Lagerälteste of the camp and a Lagerälteste for the hospital. ….Finally, the food supplements were abundant ….The slaughterhouse, the sausage factory and the bakery were highly sought-after jobs …but the genuinely aristocratic jobs [for detainees] consisted of the services of the architectural office, the SS pharmacy, the gunsmiths, the pest control, to which was added the shortwave delousing, the disinfection services…. Beside these good jobs which allowed a prisoner not to be too exhausted physically, there were the bad jobs where the huge cohort of unskilled workers was struggling. The different sections of the street-builders were assigned to earthworks of all kinds, for the construction of roads, swimming pools…. There was a real monetary unit [camp money], the Lagermark, with which we were paid for work in some jobs. I received at times 50 pfennings a week, but at other times I touched up to 4 Lagermarks,…. at Raïsko’s laboratory. A Lagermark allowed to buy the ration of thirty cigarettes …. the whole [hospital blocks] were installed according to the modern principles of hospital science. Block 21  : surgical block; block 20  : infectious, epidemic and tuberculosis diseases; block 19  : sections of dysentery, dermatology and scabies; block 9  : internal diseases; block 10 : for a long time, female section of experimentation; block 28  : outpatients ( Ambulanz ), ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pharmacy….The [Auschwitz hospital] had important instrumentation and modern therapeutic means….One more word about the other facilities in block 28, which was the cleanest and most rationally designed camp block. There was a dietary clinic there, because they prepared for the treatment of diseases of the digestive tract, special soups and even a special bread… There was an X-ray, infrared ray, heliotherapy, a small lab specially dedicated to the hospital, a room reserved for the sorting of medicinal plants, a septic room, an examination room for the patients. diseases of the eyes, ears, nose and throat….  At the camp pharmacy, I was safe, without any formal job. This pharmacy was also very well arranged. On the one hand we received regular deliveries, through the SS pharmacy, of products from the SS Central Pharmacy in Berlin; on the other hand came in addition coffers containing pell-mell specialties of all the countries of Europe, taken from the new arrivals. Sorting and reclassifying these drugs was the main part of my job at the end of my stay at the pharmacy. On the other hand, we received large stocks of dressing materials. Thanks to Marian’s expertise in bribing SS officials with alcohol, there was almost nothing missing from what is now a regular pharmacy. I often went from surprise to surprise by finding in the stock of products that in civil life had long since disappeared as a result of the restrictions…. The camp population was constantly brewed by the arrival of new convoys and the departure of transports from Auschwitz to other camps. …. The departures for Buchenwald and Dachau were still highly coveted, as Buchenwald represented a kind of paradise for the Auschwitzians…..  — Marc Klein, –Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Strasbourg. “Observations and Reflections on Nazi Concentration Camps” 
      Journal of German Studies, No. 3, July-September 1946, p. 245-275.– https://phdn.org/histgen/auschwitz/klein-obs46.html

      Comment by truth will out — November 30, 2018 @ 9:26 am

      • Excellent information…..how do the HoloHuxsters deal with that?

        Jim Rizoli

        Comment by Jim Rizoli — November 30, 2018 @ 9:32 am

  2. THERE WILL COME A DAY WHERE THE LIES WILL CRUMBLE UNDER THEIR OWN WEIGHT!

    Comment by thefourthoccidentalempire — November 24, 2018 @ 6:53 am

  3. WHEN THE TRUTH CONTINUES EMERGE..AND THE LIS CONTINUE CRUMBLE..AND COLLAPSE..TOMORROW IS DEFINETELY ANOTHER DAY..WELCOME EVERYONE IN MY PAGE!

    Comment by thefourthoccidentalempire — November 24, 2018 @ 6:51 am

  4. WHEN THE TRUTH CONTINUES OUTS..AND THE LIES CONTINUE COLLAPSE..TOMORROW IS DEFINETELY ANOTHER DAY..WEEKEND EVERYONE..AND WELCOME IN MY PAGE!

    Comment by thefourthoccidentalempire — November 24, 2018 @ 6:50 am

  5. “Fire brigade reservoir built in the form of a swimming pool, probably in early 1944.”

    “Orange, built in the shape of an Apple ….. probably today”

    Comment by Sockpuppet2012 — October 25, 2017 @ 6:27 pm

    • ‘Sockpuppet 2012. ‘Excellent’ !..

      Comment by herebysayi — October 26, 2017 @ 12:40 am

  6. You can read about the swimming pool and other amenities at Auschwitz on Jewish inmate Mark Kleins site http://web.archive.org/web/20030829050946/http://www.1faulhaber.de/osiris.sb/mcausche.html

    Comment by herebysayi — October 25, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

    • Marc Klein is a LIAR….He just repeats the same old Holohoax propaganda that everyone else did.
      He says 8-10,000 per day were “gassed” that is just plain laughable! Show me the lines of people standing all day for that feat? The crematories could only handle if they all were working together about a 1000 bodies per day which they never were all working together, ….seems to me if 10,000 were killed a day there sure would be a huge backup of bodies waiting to be burned, and were were these thousands of bodies stored? Like I said this guy is a bold face liar!
      Oh, did I mention that the crematory inside brick had to be relined after around 3000 cremations and guess what they never were relined! Oops! kinda blows all those high numbers out of the water doesn’t it. It’s the simplest things that sink the Holohoax lies.

      JR

      Comment by Jim Rizoli — October 25, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

      • Jim. Of course Mark Klein is a liar but even he, in order to weave his fable, can’t help but mention the true amenities and conditions existing at Auschwitz. If you get the Book ”Dachau: 1933-45, The Official History’ by Paul Berben. “written on behalf and under the auspices of the Comité International de Dachau.” “published for sale only at the Dachau Camp Memorial Site.” It also contains the same holohoax BS yet tells us about the School for child inmates,Hospitals for inmates, Library containing thousands of books for inmates etc etc. There is a wealth of information to be had in most of these Holohoax publications, we just have to learn to sift !. (Apparently the ‘Dachau’ book has now been withdrawn and replaced with a less frank/honest account).

        Comment by herebysayi — October 25, 2017 @ 2:41 pm

        • Yes that is true, within all the HoloHoax lies there is a glimmer of truth that can be gleaned if your paying attention.
          Lets not forget that the Holohoax story survives today because of the mix between truth and fable.
          The problem is when it comes to the fables people will usually believe the fables over the truth,

          JR

          Comment by Jim Rizoli — October 25, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

        • Contained in the ‘Dachau’ Book:
          The hospital care given to prisoners is praised continually in Berben’s official history. “The accommodation was complete and modern, and in normal conditions specialists could have treated all the diseases efficiently. Operations were performed in two well-equipped theatres. The laboratory was well appointed, and all the necessary analyses could be made there until, at the end of 1944, the service was overwhelmed. There was an electrocardiograph and the very latest model of a Siemens X-ray apparatus”. (p. 104)
          The author states that the increase in hospital service was beneficial to the prisoners.

          “The effect of these changes on the prisoners situation was beneficial. Generally speaking, there was good understanding between the doctors and prisoner-nurses, and their co-operation achieved good results. Thanks to the doctors’ initiative, backed up by the nurses and with the help of workmen, a special hut was built between Blocks 11 and 13 for the tuberculosis patients to take open-air cures. Sputum was examined in the laboratory and most of those prisoners in whom it was found to give a positive reaction were hospitalized and treated by rest and fresh-air cures and given extra rations”. (p. 106) On Sundays a certain amount of freedom was allowed for amusements.”

          “Theatrical entertainments, concerts, revues and lectures were arranged too. Among the thousands of men who lived in the camp there were all sorts of talents, great and small, to be found: famous musicians, good amateur musicians, theatre and music-hall artists. Many of these men devoted their time in the most admirable way to gain a few moments of escape for their comrades in misery, and to keep up their morale. And these activities helped too to create a feeling of fellowship. During the last months there were also a few film shows, about once a fortnight”. (page 72)

          “In addition to these forms of entertainment, “The camp had a library which started in a modest way but which eventually stocked some fifteen thousand volume… There was a very varied choice, from popular novels to the great classics, and scientific and philosophical works.” (p. 72) Berben also notes that “some men in spite of their miserable convicts’ existence nevertheless found the energy to take an interest in the arts, in science and in philosophical problems.” (p. 73) And if the library was insufficient to meet the reading needs of the prisoner, UA prisoner could subscribe to newspapers and various publications … ” (p. 75) Newspaper subscriptions were allowed right up until the very end of the war”. (p. 180).

          All in all Berben’s Dachau, 1933-1945: The Official History is fascinating. The book tells us that the prisoners had a brothel, a canteen, Sundays off, church services, plays, lectures, a library, newspapers, concerts, and movies. It tells us that they were given regular meals, some even receiving a second breakfast, that food came in from the Red Cross, that food parcels were sent in by relatives and that prisoners could purchase food at the canteen. It tells us they had a modern hospital with doctors and nurses who made every effort to help the prisoners, until they were finally overwhelmed by disease near the end of the war. It tells us that disease was the primary cause of death at Dachau, and that even the American liberators lost thousands of prisoners to disease. While speaking of “the tens of thousand of deportees who were exterminated in the death camp,” Dachau: The Official History establishes that no such extermination took place. In the face of continuing propaganda efforts to represent Dachau and other German concentration camps to the public at large as centers of annihilation, Berben’s official history if anything gives authoritative support to the revisionist position AND THIS IS THE ‘OFFICIAL HISTORY’……..

          Comment by herebysayi — October 25, 2017 @ 2:51 pm

          • Excellent info thanks for sharing! This below should be the narrative they should be telling people about but Nooooooo, they chose the Horror DisneyLand version based on lies and impossibilities.

            Quote….
            All in all Berben’s Dachau, 1933-1945: The Official History is fascinating. The book tells us that the prisoners had a brothel, a canteen, Sundays off, church services, plays, lectures, a library, newspapers, concerts, and movies. It tells us that they were given regular meals, some even receiving a second breakfast, that food came in from the Red Cross, that food parcels were sent in by relatives and that prisoners could purchase food at the canteen. It tells us they had a modern hospital with doctors and nurses who made every effort to help the prisoners, until they were finally overwhelmed by disease near the end of the war. It tells us that disease was the primary cause of death at Dachau, and that even the American liberators lost thousands of prisoners to disease. While speaking of ”the tens of thousand of deportees who were exterminated in the death camp,” Dachau: The Official History establishes that no such extermination took place. In the face of continuing propaganda efforts to represent Dachau and other German concentration camps to the public at large as centers of annihilation, Berben’s official history if anything gives authoritative support to the revisionist position AND THIS IS THE ‘OFFICIAL HISTORY’……..

            JR

            Comment by Jim Rizoli — October 25, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

  7. I can never figure this out. If you hate someone so bad and you plan on wholesale murder,why do you want to make them comfortable ? Once again,why waste the man hours and resources on building pools and soccer fields? Their lies don’t jive. The Jews will probably say,”so they can give the prisoners a relaxed feeling. So they won’t get out of line upon arrival”. Okay. If you’re gonna kill them,why worry about them getting out of line. If they start cutting up once they arrive,just shoot them. You’re gonna kill them anyways. None of this makes sense. How come these kind of questions were never bought up at trial?

    Comment by Tim — October 25, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

    • The thing that seals the deal on Auschwitz being a work camp is the fact that they built so many barracks in Birkenau…. Hundreds for what purpose to keep them alive until they were to be killed?
      No Govt. in the right mind would waste all this time, energy, and money on such a project. Just kill them where they lived would of been the best thing to do. No wasted time, no transportation cost, no feeding clothing housing issues…..How does all this available housing `work in with the “all the people were killed when they entered the camp crap”? The camps were there to house people pure and simple and not to execute them. Just a side note, Birkenau is where most of the children and older folks lived that didn’t work, thats what I have read say, but I’m sure there is somewhere that says something completely different and more horror Disneyland type of explanation.

      JR

      Comment by Jim Rizoli — October 25, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

  8. Was Auschwitz a “DEATH” camp?

    JR

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — October 25, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

  9. According to Jewish Auschwitz survivor Marc Klein there was a swimming pool for inmates, he mentions it at least twice in his recollections of the camp. In an article entitled ‘Auschwitz I Stammlager’ he wrote: “The working hours were modified on Sundays and holidays, when most of the kommandos were at leisure. Roll call was at around noon; evenings were devoted to rest and to a choice of cultural and sporting activities. Football, basketball, and water-polo matches (in an open-air pool built within the perimeter by detainees) attracted crowds of onlookers. It should be noted that only the very fit and well-fed, exempt from the harsh jobs, could indulge in these games which drew the liveliest applause from the masses of other detainees” (De l’Université aux camps de concentration: Télmorgnages strasbourgeois, Paris, les Belles-lettres, 1947, p. 453).

    Jewish detainee, Raphael Esrail, confirmed in a short testimony written in 1997 that he saw, in July 1944, dozens of his fellow prisoners busy at work on the said pool which, he pointed out, had “a diving board and an access ladder”. [1]
    Inmates from Auschwitz and surrounding camps enjoyed swimming and sunbathing beside the pool on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Although not as popular as sports like soccer, some competition was organized where inmates from different countries of origin, and different camps, raced in individual and relay events.’
    One of those who took advantage of the Auschwitz swimming pool was the French Jewish swimmer Alfred Nakache.
    Nakache was a member of France’s Olympic Swimming Team at the Berlin Olympics of 1936. A freestyle swimmer, his team finished fourth in the 4x200m relay finals, just missing a bronze medal. But, his aquatic career was interrupted and put on hold during the German occupation of France in World War II.
    Nakache was arrested and deported with his wife and their two-year-old daughter to Auschwitz in January 1944. Alfred was sent to Auschwitz III to work in a rubber factory. Sadly his wife and daughter perished.
    At Auschwitz, Nakache would often compete against an amateur swimmer, prisoner number 172345, Noah kliger.
    Less than a year after his liberation from Auschwitz, Nakache was a member of the French 3 x 100m relay team that established a World record in August 1946 at Toulouse.
    Nakache was also a member of France’s Olympic swimming team that competed in the London Olympics of 1948.

    [1] Raphael Esrail, Une piscine à Auschwitz, in Après Auschwitz (Bulletin de l’Amicale des déportés d’Auschwitz), n° 264/octobre 1997, p. 10).

    Comment by herebysayi — October 25, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

    • “Inmates from Auschwitz and surrounding camps enjoyed swimming and sunbathing beside the pool on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Although not as popular as sports like soccer,…”

      People forget how poor people in America were living during those years. The Jews in the camps were living lives of luxury, compared to poor Americans, who were working 6 days a week to make a living, but still did not have luxuries as the prisoners in the camps had.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 25, 2017 @ 12:57 pm

  10. I did a video on it….

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — October 25, 2017 @ 12:32 pm


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