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August 16, 2015

How Lou Dunst survived a gas chamber twice, and now lives the good life in San Diego, CA

Filed under: California, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:54 pm

You can read the full story about how Lou Dunst survived a gas chamber twice here: http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2013/12/27/biography-of-lou-dunst-tells-of-his-three-lives/

This quote is from the link cited above:

Lou and his brother survived Auschwitz only to be forced once again into a boxcar to another death camp, Mauthausen. Once again, they were herded into a gas chamber, expecting to die, choked to death by poisonous gas. “We were pressed together, naked, shrieking with horror, people falling on each other, some trampled, gasping for air, unable to think, function, even form some kind of prayer.” The killing machine did not work.

But as Lou asserts, “Ha-Shem (God) made another miracle.” Lou’s deep faith in God was once again affirmed.

Barely alive at the death camp Mauthausen, starving and thirsty, the emaciated inmates cried out for water or a little piece of stale bread, anything that could help them survive, but the guards only responded with contempt. “They told us not to worry; we were going to the gas chamber anyway.” The next morning the prisoners were shoved, pushed, kicked into the gas chamber. They waited for the smell of the gas, but it didn’t come. There was a malfunction in the system and the poisonous gas was not funneled through the gas lines to reach its destination so it did not work. Lou and the others miraculously got out from the gas chamber, hysterical, demoralized, relieved, confused, grateful, terrorized, but still not dead.”

Finally the doors opened and the stunned slaves rush out into the open air. The Nazis pushed and shoved the scared and naked prisoners into the central meeting ground, where the commandant of Mauthausen casually remarked: “To burn our bodies was too expensive. Instead, he would send us to a place where we would vanish without any cost to the Third Reich.”

Lou and Irving were transferred once again, this time to Ebensee, a sub-camp of Mauthausen, where they were to work underground making pilotless VI rockets that would rain down on London. At Ebensee, one of the harshest death camps, Lou was placed on a pile of corpses; hardly breathing and with little pulse, Lou awaited death.

On May 6, 1945, American GI Robert Persinger of the Third Cavalry of General George S. Patton’s Third Army drove his tank, the Lady Luck, through the camp fence to liberate the inmates of Ebensee. Irving Dunst grabbed Persinger’s hand and tugged him over to his brother’s seemingly lifeless body on the pile of corpus and shouted: “That’s my brother. Please rescue him.”

Lou’s miraculous rescue was the beginning of the third phase in the life of Lou Dunst. Lou was slowly nursed back to health and life by many, including a stay in a Catholic hospital where the Sisters of Mercy showed respect and treated him humanely, until he was well enough to leave on his own. Lou and Irving, like so many other survivors went in search of their relatives and of any survivors they could find. They made their way back to Jasina walking, hitch-hiking or riding on army vehicle and on trains going east. They placed hand-written notes on bulletin boards in towns along the way, notifying anyone who was searching for survivors that they were alive and that they could be reached at the main European Jewish office that was trying to connect surviving relatives with one another. Most of all, they looked for any information they could find about Risi, their sister.

After reading this story about the failure of the gas chambers, I was left wondering why oh why didn’t the Nazis send someone to Missouri to learn how to construct a workable gas chamber.

Missouri is a state that is full of German-Americans, even to this day.  In the 1940ies, most of the citizens of Missouri could still speak German.

I blogged about the Missouri gas chamber on this blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/what-does-a-real-gas-chamber-look-like/

You can read all about the Mauthausen gas chamber on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/GasChamberEntrance.html

Door into the Mauthausen gas chamber

Door into the Mauthausen gas chamber with water pipe going into the room, shown on the left

The photo above shows the door into the Mauthausen shower room gas chamber. Looking through the door, one can see the interior of the gas chamber with heating pipes or cooling pipes on the north wall and the single drain hole on the brick floor.

On the wall to the right of the shower gas chamber door is a water pipe going into the gas chamber, which could have been used as a fully functioning shower room, when it was not in use as a gas chamber.

On the other side of the wall adjacent to the gas chamber is a small room which is now empty. Former prisoners at Mauthausen said that the “gassing apparatus” was located in a room adjoining the gas chamber.  This was the apparatus which did not work properly when Lou Dunst was being gassed.

I wrote about the Ebensee camp on this page of my website:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Subcamps/Ebensee01.html

I blogged about the Holocaust gas chambers that are still in existence on this blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/how-many-of-the-nazi-gas-chambers-are-still-in-existence/

March 30, 2015

Doctor in Austria convicted of Holocaust denial

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 11:23 am

A 71-year-old doctor has been convicted of Holocaust denial in an Austrian court. You can read about it in the news here.

Mauthausen gas chamber was in a shower room

Mauthausen gas chamber was in a shower room

This quote is from the news article:

On Thursday a jury at Linz Court [in Austria] unanimously agreed that a letter the doctor had sent to the local council and the administration of the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial site proved that he believed that the gas chambers and the systematic genocidal killing had been made up.

The man, from the Mühlviertel region, wrote that he became convinced after visiting the Mauthausen site that the gas chambers had never existed and that therefore the Holocaust “must be a lie made up by Zionist bankers, who are still up to their mischief in Israel and the ‘Arab Spring’”. He went on to claim that Hitler and Germany were not to blame for WWII and that Austria would be forever burdened with the “Holocaust cudgel”. His lawyer argued that the 71-year-old was not a Nazi but merely a “troublemaker” who had a “particular character” and was “constantly trying to get to the bottom of things”.

MauthauusenHospitalAndBunker

The Mauthausen gas chamber was located in the basement of the prison building, which is the green building on the right in the photo above. The white building on the left was the hospital building.

1945 photo of the gate into the Mauthausen camp

1945 photo of the gate into the Mauthausen camp

In his book entitled The 186 Steps, Christian Bernadac included the statements of several former prisoners which were gathered by Pierre-Serge Choumoff, a former prisoner at Gusen, after revisionists began to deny that there was a gas chamber at Mauthausen. Choumoff was an engineer who had post-graduate degrees in mathematics; he was the author of numerous scientific articles.

While he was a prisoner at Gusen, Choumoff was assigned to work in the arms factories of Rüstung Steyr, Daimler and Puch, which were in the immediate vicinity of the Gusen camp. He also served as an interpreter and a secretary at the Gusen camp. In the last week of the war, Choumoff was one of the Gusen prisoners, who were evacuated to the main Mauthausen camp, where the gas chamber was located in the shower room.

In his account of the liberation of Mauthausen, the Red Cross representative, Louis Haefliger, confirmed that the “annihilation” of the prisoners in the gas chamber continued until Commandant Ziereis fled the camp on the night of May 2-3, 1945. Apparently the Nazis were gassing as many of the prisoners as they could, while at the same time, the Red Cross was allowed to take selected prisoners out of the camp.

Bernadac also quoted Choumoff himself who wrote the following, in his book, about the Mauthausen gas chamber:

Begin Quote:

Finally, a day or two before our transfer to Mauthausen on Saturday, April 28, I took a chance in giving the information (about the gassings) to one of our Yugoslav comrades, G. Milikitch. So I can certify that I was fully aware that gassings were taking place at Mauthausen during this final period. Up until the last minute, a number of efforts were made by the international Resistance organization of Mauthausen prisoners to save the men who had been confined to camp 3. After receiving the news, transmitted by V. Busek, a particularly effective effort was made to deal with Schutzhaftlagerführer Bachmayer. S. Krukowski reports on this in his book Mauthausen (Stefan Krukowski, Mauthausen, published in Warsaw in 1966).

The lead in this was taken by a Polish prisoner, Doctor W. Czaplinski (No. 279), who had sometimes taken care of Bachmayer’s family. This initiative is supposed to have contributed to the return of the prisoners in camp 3 to the Krankenlager, instead of going to the gas chamber. Further efforts were organized on behalf of those whose execution appeared imminent, on other grounds. Outstanding among these were the thirty-four Austrian Resistance fighters, whose final tragedy was recounted by Marsalek (Hans Marsalek: “Die letzten Tage im KZ Mauthausen” published in Der neue Mahnruf in April 1970 in Vienna).

All of them, with one exception, were among the forty-three gassed on April 28. It appears that after April 29, certain installations of the gas chamber were destroyed. It is certain that gassings were still taking place during the night of April 28-29, because I distinctly remember a dozen “civilians” who arrived after our transfer from Gusen on the afternoon of the 28th. There were both men and women, and among them a white-haired couple that I can’t forget. They stood along the wall to the right of the entry for a long time, and disappeared that night…

End Quote

Choumoff included an excerpt taken from the unpublished statement of Manuel Falo, No. 4639, dated September 19, 1969, which Bernadac quoted in his book, as follows:

Begin quote:

He (Falo) happened to see one of the gassings, which usually occurred at night. He was lodged in Block 11, facing the bunker. One night, in mid-1944, at about ten o’clock, he caught sight of a convoy of Russians coming in. The S.S. with Ziereis and Bachmayer present, made them undress on the assembly court, and then go down the dungeon stairs…

Later the S.S. called the prisoners out from block 11, and Ziereis threatened them: “You have seen everything. If there is a breach of discipline, you go to the Krematorium.” One of the Kapos of the Krematorium kommando, whom Falo knew slightly, told him afterwards that they wanted to speed up the action, and that there was a real massacre with swinging axes so that they could pile more victims into the gas chamber.

End Quote

Choumoff gave the following statistics for the gassings at Mauthausen and Gusen, as quoted in Bernadac’s book: “For the installed gas chamber at Mauthausen: 4000; for the mobile gas chamber (Sauer truck): 1,560; Hartheim: 28,000 to 30,000 of which 4,600 to 8,000 came from Gusen or Mauthausen; finally occasional gassings in Gusen: 800. Total 34,000. At least 11,000 of these 34,000 were registered at Mauthausen or Gusen.”

What is the evidence that the shower room at Mauthauen was a gas chamber?

When I visited Mauthausen, there was a sign in the shower room which says that the room was a gas chamber. What more proof do you want?

Sign in the Mauthausen gas chamber

Sign in the Mauthausen gas chamber

What is the evidence that the shower room at Mauhausen was NOT a gas chamber? The photo below shows a floor drain. If the shower room had been used to gas prisoners, the poison would have gone  down the drain, and poisoned everyone in the camp.

Floor drain in Mauthausen shower room

Floor drain in Mauthausen shower room

It appears that the floor drain in  the Mauthausen shower room has no way to close it up.  In the Dachau shower room gas chamber, the floor drains are now closed up. This quote is also from the news article:

The defendant pleaded not guilty and said that he had only been trying to uncover the truth. He said that whilst he was at Mauthausen he noticed that there was no gas pipe leading to the gas chamber, and he could find no explanation of why this was so. The head of the Mauthausen Memorial appeared as a witness and described in detail to the 71-year-old how SS men had removed the gas pipes shortly before the camp was liberated in 1945. He said that historic records proved this was the case, and that it was clearly visible that the area where the pipes had been had been plastered over.

Gas pipes?  No, no, no! Zyklon-B, the gas that was used by the Nazis for gassing prisoners in  shower rooms, was in the form of pellets, which could not go through pipes.

After the American liberators of Dachau found this out, they built little windows on the outside wall of the Dachau “gas chamber” and claimed that the Zyklon-B pellets had been thrown into the “gas chamber” through these two little windows.

You can read about the Dachau gas chamber, and see photos, which  I took, on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/GasChamber/Index.html

Zyklon-B gas pellets

Zyklon-B gas pellets

This display of Zyklon-B gas pellets, that were allegedly used to gas prisoners in the concentration camps, shows that the gas was in the form of pellets which could not go through “gas pipes.”  There were no “gas pipes” that were ripped out of the shower room at Mauthausen.

The Zyklon-B pellets were used at Mauthausen, and at all the other camps, to disinfect the clothing of the prisoners, in order to kill the lice that spreads disease.

Fred Leuchter, who was a gas chamber consultant in America wrote a report on the Mauthausen gas chamber which you can read on this page of my scrapbookpages.com website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/Gas%20Chamber/LeuchterReport.html

ln  his report on the Mauthausen gas chamber, Fred Leuchter wrote this:

Begin Quote

It appears from the construction that this facility was constructed as, and further was utilized only as, a shower room. The installation has no provision to prevent gas leakage, the lighting is not explosion proof, the floor drain would allow leakage into the sewer system and there is no provision for inletting gas or for exhausting the air gas mixture after an execution. Further, there are steam heating pipes (radiator) on the northwest wall of the chamber, which would most likely result in an explosion if hydrogen cyanide gas were deposited in the room. Additionally, all shower heads are working and the overall design is unquestionably that of a shower room.

End Quote

The morgue, which is in the basement of the Mauthausen prison building, has been recently turned into museum space where there are exhibits.

I wrote about this on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/new-exhibit-in-mauthausen-morgue/

The town of Mauthausen is only a few miles from the concentration camp

The town of Mauthausen is only a few miles from the concentration camp

I have visited Austria several times.  The Austrian people are very friendly and polite.  For the life of me, I cannot understand why they are acting crazy in putting so-called “Holocaust deniers” on trial. There was no “death camp” at Mauthausen, and no one was gassed there. Get over it!

My photo of the Jewish Memorial at the former Mauthausen camp

My photo of the Jewish Memorial at the former Mauthausen camp

December 9, 2014

Holocaust survivor who was sent to the Mauthausen gas chamber the day before the camp was liberated

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:37 am

You can read about Holocaust survivor Anneliese Nossbaum and her narrow escape from the Mauthausen gas chamber in this article in the PlanoStarCourier newspaper.

The Mauthausen gas chamber had shower heads on the ceiling to fool the victims

The Mauthausen gas chamber had shower heads on the ceiling to fool the victims (Click on photo to enlarge)

This quote is from the news article:

In 1944, 15-year-old [Anneliese] Nossbaum was taken in a railcar along with her mother and many others to Auschwitz. Lying about her age, she was sent to work in an airplane part factory in Freiberg, Germany. Her aunt, a teacher, was sent to the gas chambers because of a hip deformity.

After celebrating her 16th birthday in Freiberg with a few slices of bread her mother was able to collect and save, Nossbaum was sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp. On May 4, 1945 she was sent to the gas chambers. However, due to bombing by Allied forces in the nearby city, there was a shortage of Zyklon B – a pesticide used by the Nazis in the camps. Nossbaum was sent back to the camp, until it was resupplied. It never was. On May 5, Allied forces liberated the camp, she said.

I blogged about the liberation of Mauthausen in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-liberation-of-mauthausen-may-5-1945/

Anti-Fascist Resistance fighters greet US liberators, May 5, 1945 Photo Credit: USHMM

Anti-Fascist Resistance fighters at Mauthausen greet US liberators, May 5, 1945
Photo Credit: USHMM

When the US Third Army liberated the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Mauthausen on May 5, 1945, they found the bodies of several fully-clothed dead prisoners in the gas chamber. According to the Museum at Mauthausen, the last gassing of prisoners in the main camp was on April 28, 1945, only a week before the liberation. On April 21, 1945, the Red Cross had begun evacuating prisoners out of the Mauthausen camp, but the gassing of prisoners still continued during the time that Red Cross representative, Louis Haeflig, was staying in the camp.

When I visited the Mauthausen Memorial Site, a sign in the gas chamber said that Ludwig Haider was gassed on April 23, 1945, the same day that a Red Cross truck took selected prisoners out of the camp, with the permission of the Commandant. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, a gas chamber was built at the Mauthausen concentration camp, “probably in 1941.” Disguised as a shower room, the gas chamber was located underground beneath the prison building, which is now the Museum at the Mauthausen Memorial Site.

The following quote is from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

While most inmates were killed by shooting, hanging, beating, starvation, and disease, Mauthausen did have a gas chamber capable of killing about 120 people at a time. The gas chamber was usually used when transports of prisoners arrived. Special demonstration mass killings were organized for the benefit of visiting Nazi dignitaries, such as Heinrich Himmler, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, and Baldur von Schirach, who were able to observe the killings through a small viewing window in the entrance door.

One of the two doors into the gas chamber with water pipe on  the wall

One of the two doors into the gas chamber with water pipe on the wall

Shower heads on the ceiling of the Mauthausen gas chamber

Shower heads on the ceiling of Mauthausen gas chamber

The two photos above illustrate that the Mauthausen gas chamber was a multi-purpose room.  Prisoners could take a shower, or they could be gassed.

Let’s back up for a moment:  Anneliese Nossbaum was sent to Auschwitz at the age of 15, so she was past the age of being selected for the gas chamber.  Yet, according to her story, she had to lie about her age in order to be sent to a camp in Germany, instead of being sent to the gas chamber.

After working in a camp in Germany, she was sent to Mauthausen near the end of the war.  Why was she sent to Mauthausen?  To be gassed, of course.  As luck would have it, she barely escaped being gassed because the camp was out of Zyklon-B.

Why does Anneliese Nossbaum tell these stories?  Because her true story would constitute Holocaust denial.

October 8, 2014

Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke tells students that the Mauthausen gas chamber was blown up

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:59 am
Eva Clarke was born in Mauthausen camp

Eva Clarke was born in Mauthausen concentration camp

In a news article, which you can read in full here, Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke, who was born in the Mauthausen concentration camp just before it was liberated, said that the gas chamber had been blown up, to hide the evidence of gassing.

This quote is from the news article, cited above:

ONE of the last survivors of the Holocaust [Eva Clarke] gave an emotional talk to children in Llanelli about her birth in one of the darkest periods of history.

Eva Clarke was born in Mauthausen concentration camp on April 29, 1945 just a day after the Germans blew up the gas chambers there to hide the evidence.

I previously blogged about Eva Clarke at

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/holocaust-survivor-was-born-in-mauthausen-concentration-camp/

Did the reporter, who wrote this recent article, get mixed up?  It was the gas chambers at Auschwitz, which were blown up.  Eva Clark’s mother had been sent to Theresienstadt, and then to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the gas chambers were blown up by the Soviets Germans on April 27, 1945.

The gas chamber at Mauthausen is still there, and it has recently been given more prominence at the Mauthausen Memorial Site.  I have been to the Mauthausen Memorial Site twice and I have personally seen the gas chamber.

One of the two doors into the Mauthausen gas chamber

One of the two doors into the Mauthausen gas chamber, which was also a shower room

I previously blogged about the recent changes at the Mauthausen camp, where the gas chamber has now been given more importance.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/93-year-old-survivor-of-mauthausen-visits-the-memorial-site/

December 30, 2013

New book tells about a Holocaust survivor who escaped from the Mauthausen gas chamber

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:15 am

My blog post today is about a book entitled My Bargain with God: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Lou Dunst, by Ben Kamin. Sunbelt Publishing, Inc., El Cajon, California, 2014.  You can read all about the book in a news article here.

The Nazis had a plan to kill all the Jews in Europe, known as “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question in Europe.”  Their plan was never accomplished, and today there are numerous survivors still living.  These survivors are publishing books, and their stories must explain how they beat the odds and weren’t gassed.

My photo of the Mauthausen gas chamber

Mauthausen gas chamber has shower fixtures on the ceiling

Here is a quote from the article about the story of Holocaust survivor Lou Dunst:

Lou and his brother survived Auschwitz only to be forced once again into a boxcar to another death camp, Mauthausen. Once again, they were herded into a gas chamber, expecting to die, choked to death by poisonous gas. “We were pressed together, naked, shrieking with horror, people falling on each other, some trampled, gasping for air, unable to think, function, even form some kind of prayer.” The killing machine did not work.

Sign on the wall of the Mauthausen gas chamber explains how th gassing apparatus worked

Sign on the wall of the Mauthausen gas chamber explains how the gassing apparatus worked

The killing machine, mentioned in the news article, was in a separate room behind one of the walls in the gas chamber. The machine was allegedly removed by the Nazis, on April 29, 1945, shortly before the camp was liberated on May 5, 1945.   Lou Dunst was liberated from Ebensee, a sub-camp of Mauthausen, on May 6, 1945.

The quote from the news article continues below:

Barely alive at the death camp Mauthausen, starving and thirsty, the emaciated inmates cried out for water or a little piece of stale bread, anything that could help them survive, but the guards only responded with contempt. “They told us not to worry; we were going to the gas chamber anyway.” The next morning the prisoners were shoved, pushed, kicked into the gas chamber. They waited for the smell of the gas, but it didn’t come. There was a malfunction in the system and the poisonous gas was not funneled through the gas lines to reach its destination so it did not work. Lou and the others miraculously got out from the gas chamber, hysterical, demoralized, relieved, confused, grateful, terrorized, but still not dead.”

The gassing apparatus was located in a small room behind the gas chamber

The gassing apparatus was located in a small room behind the gas chamber

The photo above shows one of the doors into the Mauthausen gas chamber on the left.  On the right, in the photo, is the gassing apparatus room; the gassing apparatus is no longer there.

The two photos below show the door handle on the outside of the room, and the door latch on the inside of the gas chamber.

Door handle outside the gas chamber at Mauthauen

Door handle outside the gas chamber at Mauthausen

Door latch inside the Mauthausen gas chamber

Door latch inside the Mauthausen gas chamber

The Mauthausen gas chamber was a fully functioning shower room in addition to being a gas chamber with a gassing apparatus behind one of the walls.

Lou Dunst is indeed lucky to have survived the notorious Mauthausen camp where prisoners could be gassed in the shower room, that is, if the gassing apparatus was working on the day that they were scheduled to take a shower.

This quote is from the news article about the book:

Finally the doors [of the gas chamber] opened and the stunned slaves [prisoners] rush out into the open air.  The Nazis pushed and shoved the scared and naked prisoners into the central meeting ground, where the commandant of Mauthausen casually remarked: “To burn our bodies was too expensive. Instead, he would send us to a place where we would vanish without any cost to the Third Reich.”

Lou and Irving were transferred once again, this time to Ebensee, a sub-camp of Mauthausen, where they were to work underground making pilotless VI rockets that would rain down on London. At Ebensee, one of the harshest death camps, Lou was placed on a pile of corpses; hardly breathing and with little pulse, Lou awaited death.

On May 6, 1945, American GI Robert Persinger of the Third Cavalry of General George S. Patton’s Third Army drove his tank, the Lady Luck, through the camp fence to liberate the inmates of Ebensee. Irving Dunst grabbed Persinger’s hand and tugged him over to his brother’s seemingly lifeless body on the pile of corpus and shouted: “That’s my brother. Please rescue him.”

The photo below shows a pile of corpses at Ebensee.  The soldier in the photo, which was taken on May 8, 1945, is Al Winters.

Dunst was on a pile of corspes at Ebensee when he was resuced

Lou Dunst was on a pile of dead bodies, like this, at Ebensee when he was rescued

You can read about Ebensee on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Mauthausen/KZMauthausen/Subcamps/Ebensee01.html

July 12, 2013

Poison gas sometimes came through the showerheads at Auschwitz, but other times, it was just water

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:42 am

Remember the scene in Schindler’s List, when a group of women are in the shower at Auschwitz, thinking that they are going to be gassed, but then a miracle happens and waters comes out of the shower faucets?

When I first saw Schindler’s List, years ago, I couldn’t understand this scene.  I knew about the gas chambers, disguised as showers, but I didn’t know that water could sometimes come out of the shower heads inside a gas chamber.

In the scene in Shindler’s List, as the women exit the shower room, they look across the road and see prisoners descending the steps into the undressing room of one of the two large gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau. [This is a small mistake in the film.  The gas chamber that was across the road from the Sauna was Krema IV, which had no underground rooms.]

These women were Schindler’s Jews, so they had been sent into a shower room, not a gas chamber.  Or were the Holocaust gas chambers multi-purpose rooms, and sometimes water would come out, instead of gas?

The showerheads in the scene in Shindler’s List look like the ones in the photo below, which I took inside the gas chamber at Mauthausen.  Note the sign on the wall, which leaves no doubt that this room is a gas chamber. You can’t have a Nazi camp without a gas chamber, as everyone knows. But was this room also used for showers? These pipes were real water pipes, connected to a water source.

Showerheads hanging from the ceiling of the Mauthausen Gaskammer

Showerheads hanging from the ceiling of the Mauthausen Gaskammer

Note the peephole in the door of the gas chamber in the photo above.  A door with a peep hole, similar to this one, was shown in the shower scene in Schindler’s List.

Sorry to keep you in suspense, but I am finally going to get to the subject of my blog post today.

Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel had an experience just like the women in Schindler’s List.  She was inside a gas chamber at Auschwitz, but she lived to tell about it.  You can read her story in an article, published in January 2005, entitled Amazing escape from Auschwitz gas chamber on this website.

This quote tells her story:

Gena Turgel entered the gas chamber at Auschwitz and lived to tell the tale.

In the winter of 1944, the 21-year-old [Gena Turgel] was made to strip naked with her mother inside the [Auschwitz] concentration camp’s extermination block [building] and wait, but miraculously the deadly poison was never released.

“We were trembling. I didn’t know where we were. Inside, it looked terrible. A woman came in that I recognised (sic) from a previous camp. She was very shocked I was there and went out again.

“We waited a while and then water came through the walls. It was wonderful. For many weeks we had had no water on our backs. We were all drinking it.

“As we came outside, the women there said how wonderful it was to see us. They screamed with happiness. I didn’t understand what they meant. I said ‘What are you shouting about?’

“They said ‘Don’t you know? You were in the gas chamber.’ I lost my voice. I couldn’t produce any saliva.”

Gena puts her survival down to a “power over a power” and believes that God was watching over her.

“The woman who came in. I never saw her again. Perhaps she did something.”

More than 60 years on, the great-grandmother still cannot believe how lucky she was to escape death.

“Many times, I have to touch myself to check I’m really alive. One appreciates life so much.”

Could Gena Turgel have actually been inside a real shower room, not a gas chamber?

The showers at Auschwitz-Birkenau [the extermination camp] were in a building called “the Central Sauna,” which is shown in my 2005 photo below.

The Central Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Central Sauna building at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The shower room in the Central Sauna is shown my 2005 photo below.  The showerheads have since been removed, but I don’t think the shower heads were on the wall, as Gena described.

The women's shower room in the Central Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The women’s shower room in the Central Sauna at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Showerhead hanging from the ceiling in Mauthausen gas chamber

Showerhead hanging from the ceiling in Mauthausen gas chamber

I have never seen any photos of a gas chamber, nor a shower room, which had shower heads on the wall, instead of the ceiling, as described by Gena Turgel.

But I wasn’t there.  Maybe Gena was sent to the gas chamber, but by some miracle, water came out of showerheads on the wall, not the ceiling.

May 5, 2013

A new Holocaust exhibit has just opened in the creepy morgue of the Mauthausen concentration camp

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:12 am

Today is March 5th, the anniversary of the official liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp near Linz, Austria, so of course, I searched the news to see if there is a big celebration going on. Sure enough, I found this news article with the headline Austria Faces Past in Nazi Camp’s New Museum.

This quote is from the news article:

….a new visitor centre open to the public from Monday that tells the dark story of Austria’s main “KZ” and its subcamps between 1938 and 1945. […]

The two new permanent exhibitions, housed in the original buildings, recreate this not only with the interviews but also dozens of original objects that speak volumes about life — and death — at Mauthausen.  […]

Another new installation at Mauthausen is the “Room of Names”, where the 81,007 people documented to have died there are inscribed on horizontal glass panels in the camp’s chilly — and chilling — former mortuary.

Excuse me …. I cannot think of anything worse than putting a “Room of Names” in the smelly, creepy morgue room at Mauthausen.  Did the creators of this exhibit somehow clean up the morgue and get the smell out, so that visitors can read the names of the people who died in the camp?

The photo below shows the Mauthausen hospital on the left and the green bunker building, where the gas chamber and the morgue are located, on the right.

Hospital on the left and Bunker on the right

Hospital on the left and Bunker on the right

The photo below, which I took on my trip to Mauthausen in 2003, shows the entrance to the Leichen Raum  (corpse room in English) which is located in the basement of the bunker. In the background, on the left, you can see the execution spot where prisoners were hanged.

Sign on the wall directs visitors to morgue room at Mauthausen

Sign on the wall in the bunker directs visitors to morgue room at Mauthausen concentration camp

May 2003 photo of Mauthausen morgue

May 2003 photo of Mauthausen morgue

The photo above was taken with flash; the morgue was almost completely dark when I walked through it in 2003.

The only reason that I went through this creepy room was to follow the water pipe which goes through the wall of the morgue into the hallway and then into the gas chamber, thus proving that the gas chamber is actually a shower room.

Water pipe goes through wall of morgue into the Mauthausen gas chamber

Water pipe goes through wall of morgue into the Mauthausen gas chamber

Of course, the gas chamber at Mauthausen could have been a multi-purpose room where the prisoners could take a shower, or be gassed to death with Zyklon-B.  The walls of the shower room do not show any blue stains from Zyklon-B use, but those clever Nazis could have scrubbed the tile walls clean.

Door into Mauthausen gas chamber shows water pipe going from morgue into the gas chamber

Door into Mauthausen gas chamber with water pipe going from morgue into hallway and then into the gas chamber

Same door in the open position

Same door in the open position

The photo above shows the door on the south wall of the gas chamber in the open position. To the right of the door is a water pipe that goes through the morgue and into the gas chamber. Note the sparkling clean white tile on the wall of the gas chamber.  How did those clever Nazis get the blue stains out of the grout?

In my personal opinion, it was a big mistake to turn the Mauthausen morgue into Museum space.  This is no way to honor the prisoners who died at Mauthausen.  Taking tourists into the former morgue only calls attention to the water pipes going into the gas chamber, something you don’t want to know if you are a True Believer.

Two doors into the Mauthausen gas chamber

Two doors into the Mauthausen gas chamber

The photo above shows the two doors into the interior of the Mauthausen gas chamber.  The west wall of the gas chamber is on the right; visitors can go through this door into the gas chamber without going through the former morgue, which has the new exhibit.

The door on the left, in the photo, is on the south wall of the gas chamber.  The gassing apparatus, which was behind the south wall, was removed by the SS men when they left the camp a few days before the camp was liberated. The south wall was put back into original condition by the SS and no traces of the gassing apparatus can be seen today.

On the south wall  is a sign (not shown in the photo) in several languages which describes how the gas chamber functioned. Next to it on the wall is a private memorial to one of the prisoners who was gassed here.

The Mauthausen gas chamber ceiling is 7.8 feet high and the white ceramic tile on the walls only goes part of the way up the wall. The floor is glazed brick. The door on the right leads to the corpse room, a single crematory oven, the autopsy room and the execution spot. The door on the left opens into a hallway in which a poster, showing a can of Zyklon-B is displayed.

Mauthausen was not a “death camp” where Jews were sent to be killed.  You can read about the history of the Jews at Mauthausen on my website here.

I think it is time for the Holocaustians to give up on the Mauthausen gas chamber, which only promotes Holocaust denial.  In my opinion, the morgue should have been left in its original state.

January 31, 2013

Painting the Nazi gas chambers with defiant deception, not realism

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:41 am
Painting based on a photograph

Painting by artist Yishai Jusidman was based on a photograph

The photo above was copied from this website.  The heading of the news article is quoted below:

Painting the Nazi gas chambers with defiant realism

Art that deals with the Holocaust isn’t supposed to be abstract, says Mexican-Jewish artist Yishai Jusidman, whose exhibition opens this week in Manhattan.

ShowerPipes

The painting shown in the first photo above is remarkably similar to one of my photos, which is shown above.  I took my  photo inside a building at the Memorial Site of the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp and put it on this page of my website. To get this photo, I had to go behind the cremation oven; I suspect that few people have taken this particular shot.

Do you notice any difference between my photo and the painting by Yishai Jusidman?  Look at the lower right hand corner of my photo: there is a bit of a circular metal object.  Above the circular object is what looks like a door frame that is painted blue.  Now look at my photo below, which was taken from the opposite side of the room that shows the pipes. Notice the blue door frame on the right side of the oven.

Cremation oven at Natzweiler-Struthof

Cremation oven at Natzweiler-Struthof

The following text, copied from my website, describes my two photos above:

The photograph [above] shows the single oven in the [Natzweiler-Struthof] crematorium. Until the crematorium was finished in October 1943, the corpses were burned in a mobile crematorium placed near the farm at Struthof, about half a mile from the main camp.

According to a book which I purchased as the [Natzweiler-Struthof] Memorial site, the showers were added in November 1943. Although some tourists believe that this was the gas chamber at Natzweiler, the book says, “The chamber used for the gas experiments was placed outside the camp, near the farm in a building near the hotel: the date when it began working is impossible to tell, but it is known that during the summer of 1943, it was used regularly; it was there that during the summer of 1943 particularly, some Jews, men and women, coming from Auschwitz, were ‘treated’ with gas before they were killed.”

The expression “treated with gas” refers to experiments in which prisoners were subjected to mustard gas and then treated for their burns in an attempt to find the best antidote for the gas. Mustard gas had been used as a weapon by both sides in World War I, so the Nazis wanted to be prepared in case the Allies decided to use it again in World War II. As a young man, serving in the German Army in World War I, Adolf Hitler had been temporarily blinded by a gas attack, so he was not inclined to use gas as a weapon, even though the Nazis had deadly serin gas available as a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

In taking the two photos above, my purpose was not to be artistic.  I wanted to show that the cremation oven was located right next to the outside wall of the shower room.  I included a bit of the oven, in order to show how close the oven was to the wall.  In the photo of the oven, I included the door frame in order to show how close the oven was the the wall of the shower room. I believe that the water for the shower might have been heated by the cremation oven.

Jusidman painted a picture of the outside wall of the Natzweiler-Struthof shower room, but deliberately cut the oven out of the picture so that he could pass this off as the inside of a gas chamber.  He deliberately painted in a door to make the viewer think that the inside of a gas chamber is shown, when in actuality, his painting shows the outside wall of a shower room.

The article about the paintings of Jusidman also includes the photo below. Judisman did his paintings from photographs; the painting of the Mauthausen door is remarkably similar to a photo on this page of my website.

Painting of a door into the Mauthausen gas chamber

Painting of a door into the Mauthausen gas chamber

Door into the Mauthausen gas chamber

My photo of a door into the Mauthausen gas chamber

Can anyone guess what my purpose was in photographing the Mauthausen gas chamber door in this way?  Hint: I was not trying to be artistic. I also took the photo below to make it absolutely clear what I was trying to say.

Water pipe entering the Mauthausen gas chamber

Water pipe entering the Mauthausen gas chamber

Water pipe in morgue room at Mauthausen enters the gas chamber

Water pipe in morgue room at Mauthausen enters the gas chamber

water pipes entering the gas chamber at Mauthausen

water pipes entering the gas chamber at Mauthausen

I followed the water pipes from the morgue room into the gas chamber and then photographed the pipes inside the gas chamber.  The Mauthausen Memorial Site does not claim that poison gas came through the shower heads in the gas chamber.  The claim is that the Mauthausen gas chamber had a device for inputting the gas that was removed by the Nazis before they abandoned the camp.

Jusidman’s artistic painting of the door into the Mauthausen gas chamber ignores the fact that my photos prove that the Mauthausen gas chamber was a shower room, not a gas chamber.  Unless, of course, the shower room was a multi-purpose room where the prisoners could shower or be gassed with Zyklon B.

Jusidman made his painting of the Mauthausen door blue because he wanted to show the blue color left by Zyklon-B, the poison gas that was used by the Nazis. The photo below shows Prussian Blue stains on the walls of the Majdanek gas chamber. (Or is this a room at Majdanek where clothing was disinfected with Zyklon-B to kill the lice that spreads typhus?)

Prussian Blue stains on the wall of the Majdanek gas chamber

Prussian Blue stains on the wall of the Majdanek gas chamber

This quote is from the news article:

In contrast to the aesthetic technique of Tuymans, which emphasizes the artificiality of the painting, Jusidman insists on creating near-exact replications of the original pictures, to the point where the viewer questions whether the resulting artwork is a painting, a photograph or perhaps some combination of both. Setting aside the charged subject matter, Jusidman’s technique on its own could evoke controversy: He uses the pigment known as Prussian Blue, a color with complex meanings and implications in the context of the Holocaust. For one, as Jusidman writes on his website: “The Zyklon B product that was used as a killing agent from 1940 through 1945 often produced blue stains on the walls of the gas chambers by way of a chemical reaction with the brick and mortar. Such stains are still very much apparent in the structures at Majdanek. The cyanide-iron compound of these stains is chemically identical to the painter’s pigment known as Prussian Blue.” He studied this chemical compound to arrive at the formula for the blue pigment he used in the painting series.   […]

Despite his direct use of historical materials, Jusidman reiterates that this is not an exhibition about the Holocaust. “My paintings do not deal with the Holocaust, but rather with the possibility of its representation,” Jusidman says in an interview with Haaretz Gallery.

Or his paintings could deal with misrepresentation of photographs that were taken to disprove the gassing of prisoners.

July 31, 2012

Tour guides re-enacted a “mock gassing” at Auschwitz

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:06 am

I was horrified when I read this on NewsOK, an Edmonton, Oklahoma newspaper website:

Tour guides re-enacted the process of locking the prisoners in the [gas] chamber then dropping solid pellets of Zyklon B, the chemical formulation Nazis used to commit mass genocide, into vents in the walls. After the mock gassing, the guides showed how the bodies were cleaned out of the chamber.

Surely NOT!  A mock gassing conducted by tour guides at Auschwitz?  What is the world coming to?

According to the article in NewsOK, written by Heather Warlick, this horror supposedly happened on a trip made by four “World War II veterans, three survivors of concentration camps and 17 students from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. The tour was part of College of the Ozarks’ Patriotic Education Travel Program, and all travel expenses were paid for by the college.”

Note that the article says that the Zyklon-B pellets were dropped “into vents in the walls.”  This is a possible hint that the “mock gassing” didn’t actually happen because there are no vents in the walls of the reconstructed gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp.  The reconstructed vents are on the roof of the gas chamber.

The last time that I was at Auschwitz, there was a sign which told visitors that it was forbidden to climb up on the roof of the gas chamber. Surely, the tour guides did not climb up onto the roof and pour pellets into the gas chamber to give these young students a macabre thrill.

When I visited Auschwitz in 1998, there were very few tourists there, and I was able to climb up on the roof where I took the photo below.

Holes for pouring gas pellets into Auschwitz gas chamber

You can read about the vent holes on the roof of the Auschwitz gas chamber on my website here.  You can see photos of the holes on the ceiling of the gas chamber on my website here.  There are no photos of vents in the wall of the Auschwitz gas chamber on my website because these vents didn’t exist.

The NewsOK article includes the photo below, which shows two of the World War II veterans on the trip sitting inside the Mauthausen gas chamber.

WWII veterans sitting inside the Mauthausen gas chamber

I have written extensively about the Mauthausen gas chamber on my website here. I would love to see a re-enactment of the gassing procedure in the Mauthausen gas chamber.  You can read the testimony about the gas chamber at Mauthausen on my website here.

June 3, 2012

What does a real gas chamber look like?

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:55 am

The gas chamber at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, MO

The photo above shows the small building which houses a real gas chamber, that was built in 1937 in Jefferson City, MO to execute criminals who had been condemned to death in a court of law.  This small building contains two small cells and a room with two chairs where two persons could be gassed at one time.  The Missouri gas chamber is no longer in use.

Two seats inside the Missouri gas chamber

The photo above and the quote below are from this website:

In the center of the building was the air tight chamber painted white, with two perforated steel chairs. Beneath the chairs were guides to hold the three-gallon earthen jars which contained the sulfuric acid into which the cyanide pellets were dropped when a lever was pulled by the Warden.

After the execution the lethal gas was extracted from the chamber and vented out a forty-five foot pipe through the roof of the building.

The photo below shows the short vent pipe over the Dachau gas chamber.

Short vent pipe on the roof of the Dachau gas chamber

The photo below shows that the short vent pipe over the Dachau gas chamber was there when the camp was liberated. According to Fred Leuchter, the vent pipe should have been 40 feet high.

Photo taken after the liberation of Dachau shows vent pipes on the roof of gas chamber Photo Credit: Donald E. Jackson

A shower room at the Mauthausen Memorial Site which is claimed to have been a gas chamber

The photo above shows a shower room with water pipes and shower heads visible on the ceiling.  You can read more about the Mauthausen shower room, which has real water pipes but no way to put lethal gas into the room, on my website here.

Fred Leuchter is an execution expert who was a consultant for the operation of the Missouri gas chamber.  He did a report on the Mauthausen gas chamber which you can read on my website here.

Shower room that was turned into a gas chamber by Americans after Dachau was liberated

The photo above shows the northeast corner of the Dachau shower room which was claimed to have been a gas chamber in testimony given at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal.  I previously blogged about the testimony given at Nuremberg here.

In the photo above, you can see three round holes from which the fake shower heads, put in by the Americans, have been removed.  (They were stolen as souvenirs by tourists.) On the east wall, which is shown on the right in the photo, is a vent through which the Zyklon-B gas pellets were poured, according to claims made by Holocaust believers.  According to the Leuchter Report, these vents were obviously added after the gas chamber was modified.

You can read more about the Dachau gas chambers on my website here.  You can read the Leuchter Report on the Dachau gas chamber here.

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