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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.