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November 16, 2017

The gassing of the Hungarian Jews

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:01 pm

The Holocaust was mainly the gassing of the Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz. The photo below shows Hungarian men on their first day at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Their heads have been shaved to get rid of any lice that they might have had.

Hungarian  Jewish men who have been humiliated on their first day at Auschwitz

The photo below shows how the Hungarian Jews were humiliated by having to go through a selection process: those who couldn’t work were allegedly sent to the gas chamber immediately upon arrival.

Hungarian Jews had to go through a selection

The photo above, taken at Auschwitz on May 26, 1944, shows the selection process which took place immediately after the Hungarian Jews got off the train inside the Birkenau camp.

The men and women had to line up in two separate lines to be examined by an SS officer who decided who would live and who would be sent immediately to the gas chamber. Note the yellow stars which the Hungarian Jews had been forced to wear on their coats even before they were sent to camps.

The Auschwitz II camp, also known as Birkenau, had enough barracks to accommodate 200,000 prisoners and another section, called Mexico by the prisoners, was under construction. When finished, the new section would have provided housing for 50,000 more prisoners.

According to Daniel Goldhagen, the author of the best-selling book entitled “Hitler’s Willing Executioners,” the Nazis were in a frenzy to complete the genocide of the Jews before the end of the war. Even though the Nazis were desperate for workers in their munitions factories, it was more important to them to carry out the Final Solution to the Jewish Question, according to Goldhagen who wrote the following:

Begin quote from Goldhagen’s book:

Finally, the fidelity of the Germans to their genocidal enterprise was so great as seeming to defy comprehension. Their world was disintegrating around them, yet they persisted in genocidal killing until the end.

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In June 1944, Adolf Eichmann deported 20,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz and then transferred them to the Strasshof labor camp near Vienna. This was an attempt to extort money from the Jewish community in Hungary, according to Laurence Rees who wrote in his book “Auschwitz, a New History,” that Eichmann convinced the Jewish leaders that he was going against orders in making an exception for these Jews and then demanded money for food and medical care because he had saved 20,000 Jews from the gas chambers at Auschwitz.

David Cesarani wrote in “The Last Days,” that Jewish leader Rudolf Kastner was able to prod Eichmann into sending these Jews to Austria where three quarters of them survived the war.

The last mass transport of 14,491 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz arrived on July 9, 1944, according to a book entitled “Die Zahl der Opfer von Auschwitz,” by Franciszek Piper, the director of the Auschwitz Museum. After this mass transport of Jews left Hungary on July 8, 1944, Horthy ordered the deportation of the Hungarian Jews to stop.

By that time, a minimum of 435,000 Hungarian Jews, mostly those living in the villages and small towns, had been transported to Auschwitz, according to evidence given at the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1961 in which transportation lists compiled by Laszlo Ferenczy, the chief of police in Hungary, were introduced.

On July 14, 1944, Adolf Eichmann attempted to deport another 1,500 Jews, but Horthy ordered the train to turn around before it could make it past the Hungarian border. On July 19th, Eichmann ordered the 1,500 Jews to be loaded onto the train again and rushed out of the country.

On August 13, 1944, a small transport of 131 Jews arrived from Hungary at Auschwitz and on August 18, 1944, the last transport of 152 Jews arrived.

In a telegram sent to the Foreign Office in Berlin on July 11, 1944 by Edmund Veesenmayer, it was reported that 55,741 Jews had been deported from Zone V by July 9th, as planned, and that the total number of Jews deported from Zones I through V in Hungary was 437,402

[That’s all she wrote — and she rubbed that out]  The words in an old song from long ago.

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!

November 4, 2017

New book about the Holocaust: The librarian of Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 12:55 pm

The cover of a new book about Auschwitz is shown in the photo below:

New book : The Librarian

The librarian of Auschwitz?  Wait a minute! Auschwitz was a death camp where Jews were gassed to death. Were the Jews actually reading books — not being gassed to death?

The following quote is from the news article:

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Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

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So the prisoners at Auschwitz were not allowed to read books? In spite of this, books were being sneaked in?

The prisoners at Auschwitz were allowed to receive letters and packages, according to the many books written by the survivors. Did the Nazis open the packages and take out any books that were in the package?

November 3, 2017

Students disrespect Holocaust Museum exhibits

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Language — furtherglory @ 4:04 pm

I am writing today about a news article which was published recently:

The following quote is from the article:

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A Pennsylvania school district is investigating complaints that students on a class trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum posted pictures making light of some exhibits.

Superintendent Ed Bowser of the Forest Hills School District said Friday officials are looking into social media posts from the senior class trip Wednesday to the Washington, D.C., museum.

Senior class president Gage Singer tells The Associated Press that most students were respectful, but a small number “made a mockery of what they saw,” including in a Snapchat post of shoes confiscated from concentration camp prisoners.

In a letter posted online, Singer called the conduct “unacceptable,” and apologized on behalf of the entire class.

Bowser says any student discipline will be handled privately.

Forest Hills is about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh.

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These students should have been given instructions, in advance, about how to act in a Holocaust Museum. As for myself, when I am in a Holocaust Museum, I keep saying silently to myself: “Don’t laugh, don’t laugh.” This has saved me from being arrested when I have visited Holocaust Museums.

Many years ago, I wrote about my visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC on this page of my website:

The following quote is from my website:

The permanent exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC has the world’s largest collection of Holocaust photographs and artifacts, displayed on three floors of the museum, covering 36,000 square feet.

Visitors are allowed to take their own self-guided tour and spend as much time as they want looking at the 2,500 photographs and 900 artifacts. The exhibit includes 70 video monitors, 30 interactive stations and 3 video projection theaters.

There are no tour guides leading large groups and disturbing the quiet contemplation of the other visitors. The exhibits are in chronological order, beginning with the Nazi rise to power in 1933 and ending with the founding of Eretz Israel in 1948.

Each of the three floors of the exhibit has a theme, starting with The Nazi Assault – 1933 – 1939 on the fourth floor, moving on to The Final Solution – 1940 – 1945 on the third floor and ending with The Last Chapter on the second floor. To see the whole exhibit requires at least one to three hours.

According to the museum’s designer, “the primary purpose is to communicate concepts,” not just to display objects. At the end of the tour, visitors must enter the 6,000 square foot Hall of Remembrance, which has 6 sides symbolizing the 6-point Star of David, and the 6 death camps where 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.

As you enter from the 14th Street entrance and walk down the hallway on the main floor, the first place you come to on the left-hand side is the room where the elevators to the permanent exhibit are located. To your right in this room is a table with a box of 500 different booklets, which look vaguely like passports, with the museum logo printed on the cover.

Each visitor is asked to select a passport, which has the name and picture of a real person who experienced the Holocaust. As you proceed through the exhibit, you are supposed to turn the pages in the booklet to find out what happened to this person, whose identity you have assumed. I visited the museum twice on two successive days so I got two passports. I did not see any place to turn in these booklets at the end of the tour, so I assume that they were intended to be souvenirs.

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November 2, 2017

What is a Nazi soldier?

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:44 pm

I just heard someone on TV use the term “Nazi soldier”.

Did the Nazi political party have it’s own Army and members of this Army were Nazi soldiers? Or does the term Nazi solider refer to any and every German soldier during World War II because the Nazi political party was in power during that time?

I don’t think that the word Nazi should be used by people today. Nazi means something different now — it means a bad person. Long ago, the word Nazi referred to a political party in Germany.

Today, school children in America are taken to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC to learn about the Nazis and the Holocaust.  I wrote about this on this page of my website:

Begin reading about the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on this page of my website:




October 27, 2017

My photos of Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 4:50 pm

I studied photography at the University of Missouri under world famous photographer Cliff Edom

Click on small photos below to see more photos

October 26, 2017

Withold Pilecki — the man who volunteered to be a prisoner at Auschwitz

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 10:04 am

You can read about Withold Pilecki in this recent news article:

The following quote is from the news article:

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Witold Pilecki was a Polish cavalry officer and a devout Catholic. He bears the distinction of being the only person who ever voluntarily sought to be captured and sent to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.

Before World War II, Pilecki was happily married to schoolteacher Maria Pilecka (née Ostrowska) and the attentive father to their two children, Andrzej and Zofia, who are still alive. Pilecki cared deeply about the welfare of his community: he established an agricultural cooperative, helmed the local fire brigade and also served as chairman of a milk-processing plant. In 1932, he founded a cavalry training school. He had fought in the Polish-Soviet War of 1919–1921 and the 1920 Polish-Lithuanian War.

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My photo of reconstructed standing cell at Auschwitz

I have a section on my website about the standing cells, which you can read at

The 1998 photograph above shows the reconstructed entrance to one of the 4 standing cells (Stehzellen) in prison cell #22 in the basement of Block 11. These 4 cells were 31.5 inches square; there was no light coming in at all, and no heating or cooling system.

Prisoners had to crawl into the cell through a tiny door, as shown in the photo above. Metal bars at the entrance allowed guards to open the door and look inside the cell. There was no room to lie down or sit down in the cell; prisoners had to stand up. The floors of these cells were covered with excrement left by the occupants.

Prisoners who were being punished were put into these cells at night, and in the morning taken out to perform a full 10-hour day of work. This punishment was usually given to prisoners who had tried to sabotage the work done in the factories at Auschwitz.

The reconstructed door, which is shown in the picture above, opens into Cell #2; there is another cell to the right of the door, which you can see in the photo. To the left in the picture above, you can see the edge of the door into Cell #1 on the left, which gives you an idea of how small these cells were. Imagine the problem of removing a dead body from one of these cells!

Each Stehzelle (standing cell) was used for third degree punishment, which consisted of 3 days in a dark cell without room to lie down or sit. The standing cells were about the size of a phone booth and had no windows.

A description of the standing cells in Block 11 can be found in the book entitled “Das Bunkerbuch des Blocks 11, im Nazi-Konzentrationslager Auschwitz,” written by Franciszek Brol, Gerard Wloch, and Jan Pilecki, Hefte von Auschwitz (prisoners from Auschwitz), which was published in 1959. On page 120 of this book is a “Plan of the Bunker of Block 11 redrawn after the original plan No. 1152 of March 16, 1942.” On this plan, the four Stehzellen in Cell 22 are marked out and numbered 1-4.

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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October 18, 2017

German woman convicted of Holocaust denial again

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:34 pm

Ursula Haverbeck

Will someone please prove to this old lady that there really were gas chambers at Auschwitz and other camps, and get her to shut up. Of course, there were gas chambers used for killing Jews — why would anyone deny this? (Just kidding)

I happen to be one of the few people who has ever seen a real gas chamber. When I was in the 4th grade, my school took me and my classmates to Jefferson City, Missouri to see a real gas chamber. It was a two-seater, where two people could be gassed at one time. You can see a photo of the Misssouri gas chamber by clicking on the link below:

The Nazi gas chambers were large rooms where hundreds of Jews could be gassed at one time. Or were these chambers used to store dead bodies of Jews who had died of disease?

My photo of gas chamber ruins at Auschwitz

I have a section on my website about the gas chamber ruins at Auschwitz:



October 16, 2017

The famous holes in the roof of the Auschwitz gas chamber

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:38 pm

When I visited the Auschwitz main camp for the first time in 1998, the first thing that I wanted to see was the famous gas chamber. So I hired a tour guide to take me there.

My 1998 photo of the gas chamber in the Auschwitz main camp

The photograph above shows the roof of the Krema I gas chamber and crematorium building in the Auschwitz main camp as it looked in October 1998.

On the right, you can see a red brick chimney of the type used for a stove. Behind it is another larger chimney over the area where the crematory ovens were located; there were two of these chimneys, but one is out of camera range in this photo. At the far end of the roof, there is another chimney which is not located over the gas chamber area.

The gassing of the victims in Krema I at Auschwitz was done by pouring Zyklon-B gas pellets into the gas chamber room through holes in the roof. One of these reconstructed holes is shown in the foreground on the left in the photo above; the other three holes are behind it.

The reconstructed holes are covered by wooden lids, just like the original holes; the lids can be lifted up today, just as they were by the SS men who poured the gas pellets into the gas chamber.

Jean Claude Pressac wrote in his book “Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers” that there were originally three holes in a straight line on the roof of Krema I.

According to the book entitled “Auschwitz 1270 to the Present,” by Robert Jan van Pelt and Deborah Dwork, the Nazis had “punched three square portholes through the morgue roof and covered them with tightly fitting wooden lids.”

The original holes for the gas pellets were closed up when the room was converted into a bomb shelter by the Nazis in 1944, although this was not mentioned in the construction plans.

After closing the original holes on the roof, two new holes were cut for a ventilation system when the gas chamber was converted into an air raid shelter. The ventilation holes on the roof have since been closed up, but can still be seen on the ceiling inside the gas chamber, as shown in the photo below.

Closed up vent hole on ceiling of Auschwitz I gas chamber

Contrary to Jean-Claude Pressac’s description of “three” original holes on the roof, a statement by Hans Stark, a member of the SS staff at Auschwitz, describes only two holes on the roof of Krema I.

The following quote from Hans Stark is from the book entitled “The Good Old Days,” by Klee, Dressen and Riess:

At another, later gassing–also in autumn 1941–Grabner ordered me to pour Zyklon B into the opening because only one medical orderly had shown up. During a gassing Zyklon B had to be poured through both openings of the gas-chamber room at the same time. This gassing was also a transport of 200-250 Jews, once again men, women and children. As the Zyklon B–as already mentioned–was in granular form, it trickled down over the people as it was being poured in. They then started to cry out terribly for they now knew what was happening to them. I did not look through the opening because it had to be closed as soon as the Zyklon B had been poured in. After a few minutes there was silence. After some time had passed, it may have been ten to fifteen minutes, the gas chamber was opened. The dead lay higgledy-piggedly all over the place. It was a dreadful sight.

Filip Müller, the author of “Eye Witness, Three Years in the Gas Chambers,” wrote that there were six openings on the roof and several SS men poured the gas pellets into the room. Müller wrote, regarding the job of the SS men:

They removed the covers from the six camouflaged openings. Then, protected by gas masks, they poured the green-blue crystals of the deadly gas into the gas chamber.

Müller also wrote that the noise from truck engines was used to “prevent anyone from hearing the shouting and banging on doors of the dying in the gas chamber.”

Pery Broad, an SS man who worked in the Gestapo office next door to the gas chamber, corroborates Müller’s description of six holes. Broad wrote a report, after he was captured by the British, in which he described how the gas pellets were poured into the Krema I gas chamber: “… the covers had been removed from the six holes in the ceiling…”

The web site of Emory University claims that there were originally five holes on the roof of Krema I:

Originally Crema 1 was equipped with three ovens with a morgue room behind them. In late 1941 the morgue room in Crema 1 was sealed up, five holes were punched in the roof and capped with small chimneys through which the Zyklon-B was dropped, a large fan was installed, and the doors were made gas tight.

The Emory University web site also states the following:

The Museum authorities located the clear scars of five holes in the roof and knocked out four of them for the restoration. Why they didn’t knock out the fifth as well is unknown, but the scar that shows where it was located and then patched can be clearly seen on the roof

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 through the holes on the roof.

SS hospital was right next to the gas chamber in the main camp

Roof of Krema I with SS hospital in the background

On page 363 of their book “Auschwitz 1270 to the Present,” Van Pelt and Dwork state the following, regarding the gas chamber reconstruction:

“When Auschwitz was transformed into a museum after the war, the decision was taken to concentrate the history of the whole complex into one of its component parts. The infamous crematoria where the mass murders had taken place lay in ruins in Birkenau, two miles away. The committee felt that a crematorium was required at the end of the memorial journey, and crematorium I was reconstructed to speak for the history of the incinerators at Birkenau. This program of usurpation was rather detailed. A chimney, the ultimate symbol of Birkenau, was re-created; four hatched openings in the roof, as if for pouring Zyklon B into the gas chamber below, were installed, and two of the three furnaces were rebuilt using original parts. There are no signs to explain these restitutions, they were not marked at the time, and the guides remain silent about it when they take visitors through this building that is presumed by the tourist to be the place where it happened.

The photograph below shows a museum display of Zyklon-B pellets spilling out of an open can, and several other cans with Zyklon-B labels on them. This photo was taken in the Museum at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, where prisoners were gassed in a room disguised as a shower room. There is a similar display of Zyklon-B cans in the Auschwitz Museum.

Museum display shows Zyklon-B pellets

The Zyklon-B pellets sparkle like tiny landscaping rocks; they are a light blue-green color and about the size of garden peas. The manufacturer recommended that the pellets be heated to a temperature of 78.3 degrees in order to speed up the release of the poison gas fumes, but the reconstructed gas chamber has no means of heating the pellets nor circulating the gas fumes throughout the room.

Door into Air Raid Shelter


Start of Gas Chamber Tour

Reconstructed Gas Chamber

Interior of Reconstructed Gas Chamber

Holes in ceiling of gas chamber

Introduction to Auschwitz I

Back to Photo Gallery 2



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