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November 9, 2017

The Zyklon induction holes on the roof of Auschwitz-Birkenau Crematory II

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 4:58 pm

You can read about the roof at Auschwitz, which has induction holes for Zyklon-B gas at

The following quote is from the link above:

What has been described as “the most extensive judicial examination of the Holocaust period since the [1961] Adolf Eichmann trial in Israel,” David Irving’s libel action against Deborah Lipstadt, generated a wealth of fresh research and renewed the debate over gassing at Auschwitz during the Second World War. [See note 1] No aspect of the Auschwitz gassing claim was more contested at that trial than the evidence for and against four holes in the roof of an underground room of crematorium II at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The jousts over this evidence between Irving and the defense expert on Auschwitz architecture, Professor Robert Jan van Pelt, provided some of the trial’s most heated exchanges.

Trivial as the question of openings in a roof might seem, both sides of the debate, revisionists and “exterminationists,” are agreed that such holes would have been necessary for the introduction of the alleged killing agent, the cyanide-based pesticide Zyklon B. The holes are thus central to the accusation that victims were murdered by gas in a cellar of Crematorium (crematory facility or Krema) II in 1943 and 1944. Indeed, in the eyes of Professor van Pelt, considered the historical establishment’s leading expert on the design and function of the Auschwitz crematoria: “Crematorium II is the most lethal building of Auschwitz. In the 2,500 square feet of this one room, more people lost their lives than any other place on this planet. 500,000 people were killed. If you would draw a map of human suffering, if you created a geography of atrocity, this would be the absolute center.” [See note 2]

Revisionist investigators, mindful of Arthur Butz’s opinion that Auschwitz “is the key to the whole story” of the mass gassing allegation, have long focused on that camp. [See note 3] In doing so, some revisionists have called attention to the absence of evidence for the necessary holes in the roof of the alleged gas chamber of Auschwitz’s Crematorium II. In the late 1970s, when Auschwitz was administered by Poland’s Communist government, the Swede Ditlieb Felderer took hundreds of photographs of the remains of the Auschwitz crematoria ruins, and noted the seeming absence of holes for introducing Zyklon B, as described in eyewitness testimony. Fred Leuchter and Germar Rudolf conducted more exacting forensic examinations of the ruins in the late 1980s and early 1990s, drawing the same conclusion. The eminent French revisionist Professor Robert Faurisson summed up the problem of the holes in 1993 with a simple slogan, “No holes, no Holocaust.”

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My 1998 photo of holes on the roof

In 1998, I climbed up on the roof of the Auschwitz gas chamber, as my tour guide screamed at me: “You can’t go up there.” She should have said ” You MAY NOT go up there!” I could climb up on the roof, so I did.

The photo below is another view, taken from the roof of the gas chamber. The yellow building on the left is the former SS hospital. Survivors who worked in the hospital testified that they looked out the windows and observed SS men pouring Zyklon-B gas pellets through the holes on the roof.

The building across the street was a hospital for wounded German soldiers

Would the Germans at Auschwitz have put a gas chamber across the street from a hospital where German soldiers lay dying? I don’t think so!

1 Comment »

  1. Your pics and experience are about Krema I (at Auschwitz 1), not Krema II (at Birkenau).

    Comment by hermie — November 10, 2017 @ 8:14 am

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