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April 26, 2013

Photos of the ruins of Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:55 am

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I am putting up some pictures of Krema II (the gas chamber building) at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The building was allegedly blown up by the Nazis on January 20, 1945. Or maybe by the Soviet liberators — who knows?  (The SS men had left on January 18, 1945, leading a death march out of the camp.)

These photos were taken by me in October 2005.  The ruins of Krema II have probably collapsed more since then, so I am sharing these photos.

2005 photo of the ruins of Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau

2005 photo of the ruins of Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Ruins of the crematorium in the Krema II building at Birkeanu

Ruins of the crematorium in the Krema II building at Birkenau

Ruins of Krema II

Ruins of Krema II

Holes in roof of Krema II

Holes in the roof of Krema II

Several revisionists have climbed down into the gas chamber, which is located under the collapsed roof shown in the photo above.  I am not sure if the hole shown in the photo is the hole that was used to climb down into the gas chamber.  These are NOT the holes that were used to pour the Zyklon-B pellets into the gas chamber.  Those holes have never been found.

April 23, 2013

Two videos about the Auschwitz gas chamber…which is correct?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:35 am

Here are two conflicting versions of the story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers.  The first video shows the ruins of Krema II at Auschwitz, as a tour guide speaks to a group of tourists, who are not shown.

The second video was done by the famous “denierbud.”  It also shows a depiction of Krema II, one of the four gas chamber buildings at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Whom do you believe?

October 13, 2012

Why did the Nazis destroy the crematoria in the death camps?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:00 am

I am answering a recent comment on my blog with this new post.

Here is a quote from the reader’s comment:

“You need to see the Soviet and Allied anti-nazi propaganda after Majdanek was liberated if you want to understand why the Nazis destroyed their Kremas at Auschwitz. It was a horror propaganda mainly based on pictures of crematory ovens. When they destroyed their Kremas the Nazis destroyed Soviet propaganda weapons used against them. Ironically the only rooms that were only partially damaged in the Kremas were the alleged “gas chambers” and “undressing rooms”. There exists pictures of the interior the partially damaged morgues (the alleged “gas chambers” and ‘undressing rooms”). So the Nazis totally destroyed everything but the only rooms they supposedly wanted to hide.”

The crematorium building at the Majdanek camp, shown in the photo below, was allegedly burned down by the Germans on July 23, 1944, the day that the Soviet Union liberated the camp.

The crematorium at Majdanek was burned down

The black and white photo above shows the ruined crematorium in the Majdanek camp, as it allegedly looked when Soviet soldiers arrived at the camp on July 23, 1944. The wooden crematorium building had allegedly been set on fire by the Germans in order to burn the bodies of Polish political prisoners who had been brought from the Gestapo prison at the Castle in Lublin and executed the day before liberation. Their charred remains are shown in the foreground in the photo. In the background of the photo are the brick ovens with iron doors, which were not damaged in the fire. Strangely, the Majdanek gas chamber building, which is located down a steep slope at the other end of the camp, was not burned.  So why did the Germans leave evidence of gassing behind?

Why didn’t the Germans burn the large gas chamber building, which housed four gas chambers? Why did they take time out, from fighting the battle for the city of Lublin, to bring political prisoners from the Gestapo prison to the Majdanek camp and kill them in front of the cremation ovens?

Was it actually the Soviet soldiers who burned the Majdanek crematorium building, after first bringing prisoners from the Gestapo prison and killing them in front of the ovens?  The battle of Lublin, between the German troops and the Soviet soldiers, went on for two days, beginning on July 22, 1944. During those two days, the Germans allegedly burned down the crematorium after they allegedly brought the prisoners from the Gestapo prison in Lublin and shot them in front of the cremation ovens.  Supposedly, during the two-day battle, the Germans had no time to burn down the gas chamber building, nor to burn the 800,000 shoes found in the camp.

Majdanek crematorium building before it was burned

In my humble opinion, the crematorium was burned down by the Soviets after they had killed the political prisoners in the Gestapo prison and brought their bodies to the camp.

According to Martin Gilbert, as told in his book Holocaust Journey, there was a homicidal gas chamber in the wooden crematorium building, shown in the photo above. The building, and the alleged gas chamber, were both reconstructed by the Soviets. Since the gas chamber room is a reconstruction, it does not show the blue staining that is present in the other alleged gas chambers at Majdanek.

The gas chamber room in the reconstructed crematorium is very small; it has a hole in the ceiling for pouring in the Zyklon-B pellets, and there is a floor drain directly below the hole.  If this small room had been used as a gas chamber, the poison gas would have immediately gone down the drain before the prisoners could be gassed.  We are supposed to believe that this was how the Germans designed a homicidal gas chamber.  It looks like a shower room to me.

May 13, 2012

The three trains that left Bergen-Belsen in April 1945….were they bound for an extermination camp?

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:08 am

This morning I read yet another news story here about Marion Blumenthal Lazan who gave a talk to middle school students in which she said that, in the last days of World War II, she was put on one of the three trains sent from Bergen-Belsen to an extermination camp.

I previously blogged about Marion’s story here.  In that talk to students, Marion was more explicit: she said that the train was taking the prisoners to the gas chamber.

I decided to do a little research and found this article about the Oppenheimer family members who were on “The Last Train from Belsen.”  But before getting to their story, I want to quote this sentence from the article about Marion’s latest talk to students:

[Marion’s] family was among 2,500 Jews put on a train headed for an extermination camp. What should have been a 10-hour journey took two weeks as the Nazis tried to evade the allies.

This quote is from the article about the Oppenheimer family:

Every Holocaust survivor has a different story. This is certainly true for the three Oppenheimer children, Eve, Rudi and Paul, who were fortunate to survive for five years under the Nazis in Holland, and in the camps of Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen, and who finished up on ‘The Last Train from Belsen.”

All three of the trains that left Bergen-Belsen in April 1945 were on their way to the Theresienstadt camp, which had been turned over to the Red Cross in the final days of the war.

This quote from the story of the Oppenheimer children tells why the prisoners were taken to Theresientstadt:

At this time, 600 people were dying in Belsen every day, including Anne Frank and her sister Margot in another section of the camp. But we realized that the Allies were winning the war. Eventually we could hear the Allied guns approaching Belsen and we looked forward to our liberation and freedom. But there was another ordeal in store for us because the Germans wanted to keep the “Exchange Jews” as hostages and the Star Camp was evacuated.

All the inmates were marched to the nearby railway loading ramp and we boarded the third of three trains. The other two trains departed; the first one was liberated by the American army within just a few days, the second one may have reached Theresienstadt, the perceived destination of all three trains.

Did Theresienstadt have a gas chamber?  Of course!  Every concentration camp had a Gaskammer.  You can read about the Theresienstadt gas chamber on this page of my website.  (Scroll down to the part about the Litomerice gate if you don’t want to read the whole page.)