I have visited the ruins of the Krema II and Krema III gas chambers at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site on two separate occasions: in September 1998 and again in October 2005.
I have not been back to Auschwitz since 2005, but I have long suspected that the ruins of the Krema II gas chamber have now been roped off, to prevent anyone from climbing down into the ruins. My suspicion was confirmed when I read an article about tourist travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau here.
Seeing the inside of Krema II causes people, who try this stunt, to be instantly turned into “Holocaust deniers.” Don’t let this happen to you.
My 2005 photo of the ruins of Krema II is shown below.
The ruins of Krema II has a hole in the roof
Three people, that I know of, have descended into a hole in the roof of Krema II, shown in my photo above, and have emerged as Holocaust deniers.
Thankfully, the ruins of Krema II have now been roped off to prevent any more people from climbing down into the ruins of the gas chamber. Two of the three people, who descended into the gas chamber, before it was roped off, were put into prison for Holocaust denial, which is now a crime in 19 countries. The third person, Fred Leuchter, barely escaped prison. He is an American citizen, which is the only thing that saved him; he has since gone into hiding.
Ruins of the oven room in Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau
This quote is from the website, cited above:
Leaving the row of prison blocks [in the main Auschwitz camp], visitors exit past watchtowers and barbed wire, arriving at the former ammunition bunker that was repurposed as the camp’s first gas chamber and crematorium. Jews from the Silesian region and Soviet POW’s were put to death here. Two of the three furnaces used to cremate the bodies of murdered Silesian Jews and Soviet POW’s are displayed. Candles flicker by flowers placed in remembrance in front of the open oven doors.
In the above quote, the “first gas chamber and crematorium” is a reference to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp.
Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp
The quote below is from this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/History/Articles/Birkenau01.html
The first gas chamber, that was used at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, was in a room that was being used as a morgue in Krema I, the crematorium in the main camp. The gas chamber in Krema I was only used between September 1941 and March 1942, according to the Auschwitz Museum, although the ovens were used for cremation until 1943.
Jews were gassed in Krema I only during a six-week period in 1942; the rest of the time, it was used for gassing Soviet Prisoners of War. According to Jean-Claude Pressac, who wrote a book entitled “Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers,” there was a total of approximately 10,000 people gassed in Krema I, which had a capacity of 600 to 800 persons for each gassing. By the end of March 1942, the gassing operation was moved to the Auschwitz II camp, also known as Birkenau. Two old farm houses at the western end of the Birkenau camp were used for gassing while four new gas chambers were under construction.
I wrote about the Sachsenhausen gas chamber on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Sachsenhausen/ConcentrationCamp/GasChamber.html
Don’t start denying that there was a gas chamber at Sachsenhausen; it was proved in “the Berlin trial.”
According to the Auschwitz Museum, the first prisoners to be gassed at Auschwitz were 600 Soviet Prisoners of War and 250 sick prisoners who were killed with Zyklon-B gas on September 3, 1941 in Cell No. 27 in Block 11, the prison block in the main Auschwitz camp.
Keep in mind that Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet soldiers, so the Soviets had the opportunity to tell their story first. The Soviets arrived on January 27th, after the Germans had abandoned the camp on January 18th.
The Soviet story is that the Germans sneaked back into the Auschwitz camp TWICE and blew up the Krema II and Krema III gas chambers, in order to destroy the evidence of gassing. (Or did some Soviet soldiers visit the camp on January 20th, and blow up the gas chambers?)
Thankfully, the Germans did not destroy the Krema I gas chamber in the main camp. Tourists can see the Krema I gas chamber, although the room is now roped off, so that no one can walk around in the room, as I was able to do in 2005.
This section of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp is now roped off
Ruins of Krema III gas chamber
Ruins of Krema III gas chamber
Ruins of Krema III undressing room