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September 28, 2014

Sachsenhausen was an “experimental” camp, says student who toured the camp

Monument at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

Monument at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site (Click to enlarge)

The photo above was taken by me in 2001; it shows one of the Sachsenhausen cremation ovens in the background. This statue might have been moved, by now, to another spot at the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site. The gas chamber at Sachsenhausen was located to the right of this statue.

Floor of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber which has been torn down

Floor of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber which has been torn down

Old photo of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber which was equipped with shower heads

Old photo of the Sachsenhausen gas chamber which was equipped with shower heads and had a window to let in natural light

This quote is from a news article, about a tour taken by York College students, which you can read in full here:

The first stop on their [student tour] itinerary was Berlin where they visited the concentration camp of Sachsenhausen.

For York College student Trey Sokolik, it was Sachsenhausen that made the biggest impact on his experience.

“It was an experimental camp so people didn’t know how they were going to die,” Sokolik explained. “The torture methods they used there were actually what brought the Sachsenhausen commander [Rudolf Höss] to Auschwitz.”

“They would hang people from their hands,” he continued. “Just thinking about what that felt like is horrible.”

The “hanging from their hands” was the practice of “baum hanging,” which is illustrated in the photo below. This torture is officially called Strappado.

Still shot from a Soviet movie shows "baum hanging"

Still shot from a Soviet movie shows “baum hanging”

I visited the Sachsenhausen camp twice, once in 1999 and again in 2001.  I had to go back a second time because I completely missed the gas chamber the first time that I was there. The gas chamber, which is quite small, is located in the area of the cremation ovens. (The gas chamber has a floor drain, and could have been used also as a shower room.)

Sachsenhausen is actually located in the town of Oranienburg, which is close to Berlin, and only a short train ride away.

What kind of an “experimental camp” was Sachsenhausen? Maybe this student is referring to the medical experiments, which were done at Sachsenhausen.

According to a brochure, which I purchased at the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site in 2002, there was a total of five infirmary (hospital) barracks in the Nazi Sachsenhausen concentration camp. (After the camp was liberated by Soviet troops, the camp was turned into a camp for German prisoners for the next ten years.)

The brochure says that the infirmary barracks at Sachsenhausen were used for presentation to high ranking visitors, foreign delegations and journalists. At the same time, medical experiments on prisoners, murders and selection for mass executions took place in the infirmary, according to the brochure.

Two of these infirmary barracks have been preserved at the camp Memorial Site. Nearby is the small building used by the Pathology Department. This is where autopsies were done to determine the cause of death or to see the results of the medical experiments on the subjects who died. The photograph below shows the autopsy room with the tile-covered tables where the autopsies was performed.

Autopsy tables at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

Autopsy tables at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

Doctor at Sachsenhausen camp

Doctor  at Sachsenhausen camp

Heinz Baumkötter, whose photograph, shown above, hangs in the Pathology Lab at Sachsenhausen, was prosecuted as a war criminal by a Soviet Union Military Tribunal in October 1947; he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In 1956, he was released by the Soviets, but was then put on trial again in a West Germany court, and convicted of murder.

According to Rudolf Höss, who was an adjutant at Sachsenhausen before he became the first Commandant of Auschwitz, “Arbeit Macht Frei” means that works liberates one in the spiritual sense. Sachsenhausen was the first concentration camp to have the Arbeit Macht Frei sign.

Höss was himself a prisoner at one time and he complained about having to sit all alone in a prison cell without having any work to occupy his time. When Höss was transferred to Auschwitz, he had this same slogan put over the entrance gate to the Auschwitz main camp, called Auschwitz I. When the Sachsenhausen camp was turned into a Communist prison for German citizens, the Arbeit Macht Frei sign was removed and the prisoners had nothing to occupy their time.

Sachenhausen was the first camp to have the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign

Sachenhausen was the first camp to have the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign

Immediately in front of the Sachsenhausen gate house is the roll call area (Appellplatz), which is shown in the center of the photograph above. According to a museum pamphlet, the SS constructed a shoe testing track here in 1940 where prisoners of the penal commando had to test the soles of army boots by marching for days. The civilian director of the shoe-testing operation was Ernst Brennscheidt, who was sentenced to 15 years of forced labor after he was convicted of Crimes against Humanity by a Soviet Union Military Tribunal in October 1947.

Is this why Sachsenhausen was called “an experimental camp?”  Because of the experiments done on the shoes?

The photo below is from this website.

The location of the shoe testing track at Sachsenhausen

The location of the shoe testing track at Sachsenhausen (Click for larger size)

My photo below shows a reconstruction of the alleged shoe testing track, which is in front of a wall that shows the location of the former barracks at Sachsenhausen

Monument at Sachsenhausen represents the barracks

Monument at Sachsenhausen represents the barracks which have been torn down

December 23, 2013

European Court of Justice maintains that the Nazi gas chambers are a “historic fact”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:56 am

You can read a news story, which explains the difference between the laws, pertaining to the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, at

This quote is from the news article:

The [European Court of Justice] drew a distinction between the Armenian case and [the] appeals it has rejected against convictions for denying the Nazi German Holocaust against the Jews during World War II.

“In those cases [convictions for denying the Holocaust], the applicants had denied the historical facts even though [the historical facts] were sometimes very concrete, such as the existence of the gas chambers. They had denied the crimes perpetrated by the Nazi regime for which there had been a clear legal basis. Lastly, the acts that they had called into question had been found by an international court to be clearly established.”

What “international court” was it that “clearly established” the “existence of gas chambers”?  Is this a reference to the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, where Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau, testified about the gas chambers?

I previously blogged about the Nuremberg testimony of Rudolf Hoess at

Testimony at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg also established the “historical facts” that 4 million people were killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz and that 1.5 million people were murdered at Majdanek.  These “historical facts” have now fallen by the wayside, but it is still a crime to “call into question” the gas chambers.  It used to be a crime to claim that the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp was a reconstruction, but now the reconstruction is being admitted.

You can see photos of the reconstructed gas chamber at Auschwitz on my website at

Just because the Auschwitz gas chamber is a reconstruction doesn’t mean that you can deny that the room was a gas chamber at one time.  The belief in gas chambers is still required by law.

October 5, 2013

Rudolf Hoess had an affair with Elenore Hodys but he did NOT have her murdered

Several days ago, I wanted to answer a comment made by Ken Kelso on this post on another person’s blog. Ken commented on something that Brigitte Hoess, the granddaughter of Rudolf Hoess, said about him: “How can there be so many survivors if so many had been killed?’.

I think that Brigitte has asked a legitimate question.  There does seem to be a lot of Holocaust survivors, many of them still alive, 70 years after they escaped the gas chambers.  I previously blogged about Brigitte here.

Brigitte Hoess worked as a model when she was young

Brigitte Hoess worked as a model when she was young

I am quoting Ken Kelso’s comment (which has now disappeared) in which he answers Brigitte’s question:

First the Nazis kept records of all the Jews and other civilians they murdered.
The fact she makes such a lying comment shows how evil this woman is.

Then she tries to make excuses for her genocidal father by saying he had no choice.
Wrong! Hoess had Jews slaughtered in the gas chamber because he was a sadist murderer.

Its also well known, Hoess had an affair with a female prisoner in Aushwitz and was afraid his wife would find out about her, so Hoess sent her to the gas chamber and had her murdered. Why did Hoess have this innocent woman murdered? That was his choice.
This shows how evil this sadist Hoess was.

Then she tries to blame the British for saying her Father admitted to murdering 1 million Jews, instead of the mass murderer her father was.
I hope this woman dies of cancer soon.
It will be one less evil person on this planet.

The female prisoner, with whom Rudolf Hoess had an affair, while he was the Commandant at Auschwitz, was Eleanore Hodys.  Hoess did NOT have her murdered.  On the contrary, Eleanore was transferred out of the Auschwitz camp, and Hoess lost his job as the result of having this affair.

Hoess was relieved of his duties as Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau complex and was sent to Oranienburg to replace Arthur Liebehenschel as the Senior Director of WVHA, the SS Economic Department.

On December 1, 1944, Liebehenschel became the new Commandant of Auschwitz, but only the Auschwitz I camp, not the whole Auschwitz-Birkenau complex.

Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen, an SS judge, who had been assigned to investigate corruption in the Auschwitz camp, allegedly learned of the affair and fired Hoess from his position as Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau because of this.

After Eleanor Hodys wound up at Dachau, she told her sad story to the American soldiers who liberated Dachau.  I quoted extensively from the story told by Eleanore Hodys on this blog post.

September 28, 2013

Rudolf Höss was tasked by Himmler to perfect the techniques of mass execution

The title of my blog post today comes from a line in a news article in the British newspaper Express:

In May 1940 [Rudolf Höss] was made commandant of Auschwitz where he was eventually tasked by Heinrich Himmler with perfecting the techniques of mass execution that were the key element in Hitler’s murderous “final solution”.

What experience did Rudolf Höss have that qualified him for the job of “perfecting the techniques of mass execution”?  Himmler should have called in a gas chamber expert from Jefferson City, Missouri, which had one of the very few gas chambers at that time, although it was not a gas chamber for mass murder.  There were no gas chambers for mass murder anywhere in the world.  Rudolf Höss, a man with no experience in mass murder, and no experience with gas chambers, was given the job of “perfecting the techniques” of mass execution.

Rudolf Höss is quoted in this part of the news article in the Express:

“You could dispose of 2,000 head in half an hour but it was the burning that took all the time,” he explained later. “The killing was easy. You didn’t even need guards to drive them into the chambers. They just went in expecting to take showers and instead of water we turned on poison gas. The whole thing went very quickly.” He related all of this in a quiet, apathetic matter-of-fact tone of voice.

Wait a minute!  “…we turned on poison gas“?  No, no, no.  The poison gas was in the form of pellets, which came in a can.  Hoess should have said: “We opened a can of Zyklon-B and poured the poisoned pellets through a hole in the roof of the gas chamber.”

Empty cans that had been used to hold Zylon-B poison gas pellets

Empty cans that had been used to hold Zylon-B poison gas pellets

Hole in ceiling of Auschwitz gas chamber through which the poison pellets were poured

Hole in ceiling of Auschwitz gas chamber through which the poison pellets were poured

I recognized the alleged quote from Rudolf Höss as a quote from the book entitled Nuremberg Diary by G.M. Gilbert. It is on page 250.

The quote from page 250 of Gilbert’s book continues with this:

I was interested in finding out how the order had actually been given and what his reactions were.  He related it as follows: “In the summer of 1941, Himmler called for me and explained: “The Führer has ordered the Endlösung [final solution] of the Jewish question — and we have to carry out this task. For reasons of transportation and isolation, I have picked Auschwitz for this.  You now have the hard job of carrying this out.” As a reason for this he said that it would have to be done at this time, because if it was not done now, then the Jew would later exterminate the German people — or words to that effect.

So an American Jew, with a degree in Psychology from Columbia University, (home of The Frankfurt School) was sent in to get a confession out of Rudolf Höss?  Perfect.  Who better?

Note that Rudolf Höss supposedly said “it would have to be done at this time, because if it was not done now, then the Jew would later exterminate the German people — or words to that effect.”  Where did that come from?

Heinrich Himmler actually did say “words to that effect.”  The following quote is from a speech made by Heinrich Himmler:

As to the Jewish women and children, I did not believe I had a right to let these children grow up to become avengers who would kill our fathers and grandchildren. That, I thought, would be cowardly. Thus the problem was solved without half-measures.

So who was G.M. Gilbert and why should we believe anything he wrote?  This quote is from Wikipedia:

Gustave Gilbert was born in the state of New York in 1911,the son of Jewish-Austrian immigrants. He won a scholarship from the School for Ethical Culture at the College Town Center in New York. In 1939, Gilbert obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. Gilbert also held a diploma from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology.

During World War II Gilbert was commissioned as a military psychologist with the rank of First Lieutenant. Because of his knowledge of the German language, he was sent overseas as a military intelligence officer.

So a Jewish psychologist, who got his education from the home of the Frankfurt School, was able to get a confession out of Rudolf Höss.

Did Höss deliberately make mistakes, in his numerous confessions to the Allies, as a way of signaling to future generations that he was lying? No, I don’t believe that Höss was that clever, nor that devious.  I believe that he made mistakes in describing the gas chambers because he knew absolutely nothing about gas chambers.  And he couldn’t take any more of the torture, done by the Jews who beat the confessions out of him.

You can read more about the confessions (plural) of Rudolf Höss on my website at

September 15, 2013

Why did Rudolf Hoess confess? The British “took it out of him with torture” says his 80-year-old daughter

Thomas Harding is the author of “Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz” (Simon & Schuster; September 2013). Harding discovered that his great-uncle Hanns Alexander had been a Nazi hunter at his eulogy in 2006. The revelation set Harding off on his own search. For six years, the journalist (a British and U.S. citizen) researched archives and interviewed survivors for this book. Harding lives in Hampshire, England, and until recently co-owned the WV Observer in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. (Quoted from the Washington Post.)

Heinrich Himmler on the left and Rudolf Hoess on the right

Heinrich Himmler on the left and Rudolf Hoess on the right

How proud Thomas Harding must have been when he learned that his great-uncle had participated in the torture of Rudolf Hoess, the man whose confession proves that Jews were gassed at Auschwitz.  How happy he must have been to discover that Brigitte Hoess, the daughter of the man, who gassed 2,000 Jews per day at Auschwitz, was still alive.

Harding tracked down the daughter of Rudolf Hoess, who is now living in America, and obtained an interview with her. Sadly, the daughter of mass-murderer Rudolf Hoess told Harding that “her father was the nicest man in the world” and that he was a “sensitive man.”  She told Harding that her father “had to do it.”

Mass-murderer Rudolf Hoess appears to be afraid of the nice British soldier

Mass-murderer Rudolf Hoess appears to be afraid of the nice British soldier

This quote is from an article, recently written by Thomas Harding, in the Washington Post, which you can read in full in The Japan Times:

I discovered where [Brigitte Hoess] lived while doing research for “Hanns and Rudolf,” a book on how Hoss was captured after the war by my great-uncle, Hanns Alexander, a German Jew who had fled Berlin in the 1930s. It took three years to find her. She would be interviewed only on the condition that neither her married name be revealed nor any details that would disclose her identity.


[Brigitte Hoess] is more willing to talk about when the British captured her father. One cold evening in March 1946, Hanns Alexander, my great-uncle — a German-born Jew but by then a British captain — banged on the family’s door.

“I remember when they came to our house to ask questions,” she says, her voice tight. “I was sitting on the table with my sister. I was about 13 years old. The British soldiers were screaming: ‘Where is your father? Where is your father?’ over and over again.


The story continues. “My older brother Klaus was taken with my mother. He was beaten badly by the British. My mother heard him scream in pain from the room next door. Just like any mother, she wanted to protect her son, so she told them where my father was.”

Alexander assembled a team and headed to the barn in the night. Hoss was awakened. He denied he was the commandant. Certain he had his man, Alexander demanded to see his wedding ring. When Hoss claimed it was stuck, Alexander threatened to cut his finger off until the commandant passed the ring over. Inside was inscribed “Rudolf” and “Hedwig.”

The commandant was the first person at such a senior level to admit the extent of the slaughter at Auschwitz. He was handed over to the Americans, who made him testify [as a defense witness for Ernst Kaltenbrunner] at Nuremberg. Then Hoss was passed to the Poles, who prosecuted him, then hanged him on a gallows next to the Auschwitz crematorium.


[Brigitte Hoess] does not deny that atrocities took place or that Jews and others were murdered in the camps, but she questions that millions were killed. “How can there be so many survivors if so many had been killed?” she asks.

When I point out that her father confessed to being responsible for the death of more than a million Jews, she says the British “took it out of him with torture.”

I had always thought it was Bernard Clarke, who was the British hero that got Rudolf Hoess to confess to the gassing of prisoners at Auschwitz.

This quote gives some of the details of the torture of Rudolf Hoess by Bernard Clarke:

Clarke yelled: “What is your name?”

With each answer of “Franz Lang,” Clarke’s hand crashed into the face of his prisoner. The fourth time that happened, Hoess broke and admitted who he was.

The admission suddenly unleashed the loathing of the Jewish sargeants in the arresting party whose parents had died in Auschwitz following an order signed by Hoess.

The prisoner was torn from the top bunk, the pyjamas ripped from his body. He was then dragged naked to one of the slaughter tables, where it seemed to Clarke the blows and screams were endless.

Eventually, the Medical Officer urged the Captain: “Call them off, unless you want to take back a corpse.”

A blanket was thrown over Hoess and he was dragged to Clarke’s car, where the sargeant poured a substantial slug of whiskey down his throat. Then Hoess tried to sleep.

Clarke thrust his service stick under the man’s eyelids and ordered in German: “Keep your pig eyes open, you swine.”

For the first time Hoess trotted out his oft-repeated justification: “I took my orders from Himmler. I am a soldier in the same way as you are a soldier and we had to obey orders.”

The party arrived back at Heide around three in the morning. The snow was swirling still, but the blanket was torn from Hoess and he was made to walk completely nude through the prison yard to his cell.

So it is that Bernard Clarke reveals: “It took three days to get a coherent statement out of [Hoess]” This admission was corroborated by Mr. Ken Jones in an article in the Wrexham Leader (October 17, 1986)

Strangely, Hoess was allowed to write his version of how he was tortured.  Bernard Clarke was apparently very proud of his torture sessions and he wanted Hoess to tell the world about it in his own words.

This quote is from this website:

Here are the words Hoess uses to describe, in succession, his arrest by the British; his signing of the document that would become NO-1210; his transfer to Minden-on-the-Weser, where the treatment he underwent was worse yet; his stay at the Nuremberg tribunal’s prison; and, finally, his extradition to Poland.

I was arrested on 11 March 1946 [at 11 pm].

My phial of poison had been broken two days before.

When I was aroused from sleep, I thought at first I was being attacked by robbers, for many robberies were taking place at that time. That was how they managed to arrest me. I was maltreated by the Field Security Police.

I was taken to Heide where I was put in those very barracks from which I had been released by the British eight months earlier.

At my first interrogation, evidence was obtained by beating me. I do not know what is in the record, although I signed it. Alcohol and the whip were too much for me. The whip was my own, which by chance had got into my wife’s luggage. It had hardly ever touched my horse, far less the prisoners. Nevertheless, one of my interrogators was convinced that I had perpetually used it for flogging the prisoners.

After some days I was taken to Minden-on-the-Weser, the main interrogation centre in the British Zone. There I received further rough treatment at the hands of the English public prosecutor, a major.

The conditions in the prison accorded with this behaviour.

After three weeks, to my surprise, I was shaved and had my hair cut and I was allowed to wash. My handcuffs had not previously been removed since my arrest.

On the next day I was taken by lorry to Nuremberg, together with a prisoner of war who had been brought over from London as a witness in Fritzsche’s defence. My imprisonment by the International Military Tribunal was a rest-cure compared to what I had been through before. I was accommodated in the same building as the principal accused, and every day we were visited by representatives for all the Allied nations. I was always pointed out as an especially interesting animal.

I was in Nuremberg because Kaltenbrunner’s counsel had demanded me as a witness for his defense. I have never been able to grasp, and it is still not clear to me, how I of all people could have helped to exonerate Kaltenbrunner. Although the conditions in prison were, in every respect, good — I read whenever I had the time, and there was a well stocked library available — the interrogations were extremely unpleasant, not so much physically, but far more because of their strong psychological effect. I cannot really blame the interrogators — they were all Jews.

Rudolf Hoess was hanged on this gallows, next to the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Rudolf Hoess was hanged on this gallows, next to the Krema I gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, near the gallows where Hoess was hanged

Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, near the gallows where Hoess was hanged

In 19 countries in the world today, if you dispute the confession of Rudolf Hoess, obtained by torture, you could go to prison for five years.  Why would anyone lie under torture?  Just because Hoess confessed to the gassing of the Jews after three days of torture doesn’t mean that the Holocaust didn’t happen.

July 13, 2013

Did Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz, rape any of the female prisoners?

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

My blog post today is in answer to a comment, made by a reader of my blog, in which the reader claimed that Rudolf Hoess, the Commanant of Auschwitz, had raped his great grandmother.  I previously blogged about the alleged mistress of Hoess, a woman named Eleanore Hodys.

In my previous post about Hoess and his alleged mistress, I wrote that the initial encounter between the two “bordered on rape.”  I think, now, that I did the man an injustice.  I must make amends.

Rudolf Hoess wearing his SS uniform

Rudolf Hoess wearing his SS uniform

Hoess didn’t actually force himself, physically, upon a woman in a prison cell in Block 11 at Auschwitz, but what could she have done when the Commandant of the Camp walked into her cell in the middle of the night?  He gave her an offer which she couldn’t refuse.

This quote is from Wikipedia, on the subject of Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen, the SS judge who investigated several of the camp Commandants, including Rudolf Hoess:

Though [Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen] discovered early on that the Final Solution of the Jewish problem through physical extermination was beyond his jurisdiction, and advanced no legal objections to large-scale, centrally-authorized anti-Jewish operations like Harvest Festival, Morgen went on to prosecute so many Nazi officers for individual violations that by April 1944, Himmler personally ordered him to restrain his cases.[4]

Nonetheless, he [Morgen] went on to investigate Auschwitz camp commandant Rudolf Höss on charges of having “unlawful relations” with a Jewish woman prisoner, Eleanor Hodys; Höss was, for a time, removed from his command and these proceedings incidentally saved Hodys’ life. During the same period, though, Morgen’s assistant Gerhard Putsch disappeared. Some theorized that this was another warning for Morgen to ease up on his activities as the building where the evidence was stored was burned down shortly thereafter.[4]

Rudolf Hoess was captured and tortured by British soldiers

Rudolf Hoess was captured and tortured by British soldiers, after which he confessed to everything he was told to say

This quote is from the AxisHistory forum, posted by J. Duncan on 25 November 2009:

Biography of Rudolf Hoess, The Creator of Auschwitz” by Ian Baxter. Baxter has written several books on SS history. His books have gotten mixed reviews from “sucks” to “very good”. I have both versions of Hoess’s memoirs – the older “Commandant at Auschwitz” and the newer “Death Dealer”. I have another Hoess book, a dual biography titled “Kolbe and the Kommandant’ , written by a priest named Kluz. There are other books with chapters on Hoess like G M Gilbert’s “Psychology of Dictatorship” and many others too numerous to mention. I doubt seriously this book has anything more to add on Hoess except maybe some rare photos. Reviews claim there is more information on Eleanor Hodys, his supposed mistress, but no info. on her fate. The book claims to use unpublished sections of Hoess’s memoirs, but Stephen Paskulay of the “Death Dealer” book made the same claim and published those sections that were absent in the original 1959 edition. A new Hoess book sounds intriguing. I’m posting this here so it will be better seen by knowledgeable SS people who may be familiar with either this book or other books by Ian Baxter.

Note that there was “no info” on the fate of Eleanor Hodys. The story told by Eleanor Hodys was first published in a book entitled SS Dachau.

The following quote is from this website:

Hoss (sic) stole food from the prisoner’s supplies for his family, and had prisoners build his furniture; he lived a life of such comfort that his wife was said to have remarked, “I will live here until I die.” However, [Hoess] took a non-Jewish camp inmate, Eleanor (sic) Hodys, as mistress, got her pregnant, then tried to have her murdered. She was rescued by the SS Judge investigating corruption in the camp, and taken to Munich, where the SS killed her at the end of the war.(Friedrich, pp. 50-51.)

Au contraire, Eleanore Hodys was sent from Munich to the Dachau concentration camp where she told her sad story to the American liberators, who had taken over the Dachau camp, after the camp was surrendered to them under a flag of truce.

The American liberators interviewed 20 prisoners, including Eleanore Hodys, and then wrote a book entitled Dachau Liberated, The Official Report by The U.S. Seventh Army.  This book, “Edited by Michael W. Perry,” was finally published in 2000.  The text of the book is 98 pages long; Chapter 5 which is entitled “Rudolf Hoess’ Mistress” runs from page 67 to page 91.

Eleanor had been a political prisoner, first in Block 11, and then in Block 4, at Auschwitz; she was brought to Dachau just days before the camp was surrendered to American troops.  How did she rate so much ink in a book about Dachau?  Rudolf Hoess had not been stationed at Dachau for many years, and Eleanore Hodys had only been in Dachau for a few days.  Her story had nothing whatsoever to do with Dachau.

To give you an idea of what is included in Dachau Liberated, The Official Report, this quote is from page 52, which includes a photo of Baracke X, the gas chamber building:

Then they entered the gas chamber.  Over the entrance, in large black letters, was written Brause Bad.  There were about 15 shower faucets suspended from the ceiling from which gas was then released.

Oops, did you catch that?  The 15 shower faucets were SUSPENDED FROM THE CEILING.  And the gas came through the faucets!

Where are the “faucets suspended from the ceiling” of the Dachau gas chamber now?  They are probably  hidden by the new ceiling that was hastily put in by the Americans a day or two after the camp was liberated.  But I digress.

Eleanore Hodys must have been a beautiful woman; the American liberators were so enamored of her that they devoted one-fourth of the book about the liberation of Dachau to her story, although her sad tale had absolutely nothing to do with Dachau.

Rudolf Hoess in custody after he was captured

Rudolf Hoess in custody after he was captured

Chapter 5, “Rudolf Hoess’ Mistress” begins with this quote about the alleged rape perpetrated by Rudolf Hoess:

According to my recollection, on December 16, 1942, about 11 P.M. I was already asleep, suddenly the C.O. [Rudolf Hoess] appeared before me. I hadn’t heard the opening of my cell and was such frightened.  It was dark in the cell.  I believed at first it was an SS man or a prisoner and said, “What is this tom-follery, I forbid you.” Then I heard “Pst,” and a pocket lamp was lighted and lit the face of the C.O.  I broke out, “Herr Kommandant.”

The story of Eleanore Hodys bathers on, ad nauseam.  This quote tells the important part, as related to Rudolf Hoess:

[…]  I already met the C.O. [Rudolf Hoess] as I was brought in Auschwitz. He or the Hauptsturmfuehrer Schwartz used to ask the newcomers if there were typists amongst them, whatever their profession. I gave my [profession] as a helper of a drugstore. The M.D., Van Brodermann wanted to have me for the hospital.  Obersturmfuehrer Hoess then let secretary Langenfels give me a room all to myself in Block 4.  A few days later I was ordered by Obersturmfuehrer Mueller to the C.O. because an artisan was wanted.  I was received in the house by the C.O.’s wife, who in the hall showed me a carpet and asked me if I could mend it.

I undertook the job and worked at it for two days. During this time I often saw the C.O. coming and going.  He asked me if I were H.  and put no other question to me. He remarked that properly he should not employ a political prisoner in his house, but his wife had various jobs for me. I then prepared two tapestries, a tapestry cushion in silk, a car rug and various blankets.

I liked to work in the C.O.’s house, as far as keeping up of the entrance lists allowed me the time.  I still spent the night in the camp. As long as I worked in the house, I was fed there.  I ate alone in a room and the same food as the C.O. himself.  […]

The C.O. soon took a special interest in me.  […] The C.O. had me called to him each time he came in the camp, or he came himself to the place where I worked.

He talked of business, but laughed at the same time in a particular way.  I answered in the same way because I must confess that I liked him as a man.  Apart from the frequent business talks, he did all he could to favor me and make my detention lighter. […]

[Hoess] ordered Hauptsturmfuehrer Aumeier to prepare a special room for me on the floor of Block 4.  I could decorate this with my own furniture and real carpets.  On weekends I got a furlough on parole and could move about freely in the town of Auschwitz and could stay out the night. In these cases I used to sleep in the buildings of the staff, outside the camp. The C.O. also saw me often smoke, which was forbidden to prisoners, and never said anything.  When I wanted to hide the cigarette, he told me not to trouble. I also got permission to have a personal cook and a maid for my personal needs. […]

On my birthday, a special feast was organized for me in the C.O.’s house. […]

The C.O. expressed his particular feelings for me for the first time as in May 1942, his wife being out, I was in his villa, sitting by the radio. Without a word, he came to me and gave me a kiss.  I was surprised and frightened, escaped him and locked myself up in the toilet. […]  From then on, I did not come in the C.O.’s house any more.  […]

Then he sent SS Haupsturmfuehrer Mueller to tell me that I was free on Sunday and I should bathe, have my hair dressed, put on my best clothes and call on his wife on Sundays. At the end of September his wife told me I need not come any more for the time being, as the C.O. was sick in Bielitz and she was with him.  […]

A fortnight later, I was sent to the S.L.  As reason, I was told that I had committed some infraction in the C.O.’s house.  […]

The story then picks up with the start of the story, with these words:

According to my recollection, on December 16, 1942, about 11 p.m.  […]

It is clear that Rudolf Hoess had a long relationship with Eleanore Hodys before the night that he came into her cell with a flashlight; this was the occasion when they had sex for the first time.

For this indiscretion, Rudolf Hoess has gone down in history as a rapist.  How many other women have claimed that they were raped by Rudolf Hoess?

October 6, 2012

“When Rudolf Hoess stood trial at Nuremberg…”

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:08 pm

In an article which you can read in full here, I read the following information:

When Rudolf Hoess stood trial at Nuremberg, he concluded his testimony by saying he was not a sadistic man and that he had never sanctioned the extermination of the Jews.  He was even proud of how much more humane the gassing process was at Auschwitz compared to Treblinka.

You can read the testimony of Rudolf Hoess at Nuremberg here.

Why was Rudolf Hoess put on trial at Nuremberg?  What were the charges against him?  Was Hoess convicted at Nuremberg?

The article which claims that Rudolf Hoess was put on trial at Nuremberg starts off with this quote:

An Eco-Fascist Gassing Experiment with Diesel Fumes at the EPA
By Mark Musser

It has been recently revealed that the EPA has far surpassed the dark humor of blowing up kids and people on film that global warming scare-mongers promoted a few years back.  In real life, the EPA has been conducting human experiments on people by piping diesel fumes from a running truck mixed with air into their lungs at a North Carolina university.  The agency has ginned up yet another green crusade — the lethal dangers of diesel fumes.  They even had a gas chamber set up to accommodate the environmental research project that shockingly recalls the death camps in Poland.

My readers have probably deduced by now that Rudolf Hoess was not on trial at Nuremberg; he was a defense witness for Ernst Kaltenbrunner.  Hoess was questioned on the witness stand about statements which he had made in his confession, which was read in court by Col. Amen.

The following is the testimony of Rudolf Hoess at Nuremberg:

Testimony on Monday, April 15, 1946
Morning Session

DR. KAUFFMANN: With the agreement of the Tribunal, I now call the witness Hoess.
[The witness Hoess took the stand.]
THE PRESIDENT: Stand up. Will you state your name?
RUDOLF FRANZ FERDINAND HOESS (Witness): Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Hoess.


COL. AMEN: [quoting from the affidavit given by Hoess prior to the trial]

“5. On 1 December 1943 1 became Chief of Amt 1 in Amt Group D of the WVHA, and in that office was responsible for co-ordinating all matters arising between RSHA and concentration camps under the administration of WVHA. I held this position until the end of the war. Pohl, as Chief of WVHA, and Kaltenbrunner, as Chief of RSHA, often conferred personally and frequently communicated orally and in writing concerning concentration camps. . . .”
You have already told us about the lengthy report which you took to Kaltenbrunner in Berlin, so I will omit the remainder of Paragraph 5.
“6. The ‘final solution’ of the Jewish question meant the complete extermination of all Jews in Europe. I was ordered to establish extermination facilities at Auschwitz in June 1941. At that time, there were already in the General Government three other extermination camps: Belzek, Treblinka, and Wolzek. These camps were under the Einsatzkommando of the Security Police and SD. I visited Treblinka to find out how they carried out their exterminations. The camp commandant at Treblinka told me that he had liquidated 80,000 in the course of one-half year. He was principally concerned with liquidating all the Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto. He used [carbon] monoxide gas, and I did not think that his methods were very efficient. So when I set up the extermination building at Auschwitz, I used Cyklon B, which was a crystallized prussic acid which we dropped into the death chamber from a small opening. It took from 3 to 15 minutes to kill the people in the death chamber, depending upon climatic conditions. We knew when the people were dead because their screaming stopped. We usually waited about one-half hour before we opened the doors and removed the bodies. After the bodies were removed our special Kommandos took off the rings and extracted the gold from the teeth of the corpses.”
Is that all true and correct, Witness?
COL. AMEN: Incidentally, what was done with the gold which was taken from the teeth of the corpses, do you know?
COL. AMEN: Will you tell the Tribunal?
HOESS: This gold was melted down and brought to the Chief Medical Office of the SS at Berlin.
COL. AMEN:  [quoting from the affidavit given by Hoess]
“7 Another improvement we made over Treblinka was that we built our gas chamber [in the main Auschwitz camp] to accommodate 2,000 people at one time whereas at Treblinka their 10 gas chambers only accommodated 200 people each. The way we selected our victims was as follows: We had two SS doctors on duty at Auschwitz to examine the incoming transports of prisoners. The prisoners would be marched by one of the doctors who would make spot decisions as they walked by. Those who were fit for work were sent into the camp. Others were sent immediately to the extermination plants. Children of tender years were invariably exterminated since by reason of their youth they were unable to work. Still another improvement we made over Treblinka was that at Treblinka the victims almost always knew that they were to be exterminated and at Auschwitz we endeavored to fool the victims into thinking that they were to go through a delousing process. Of course, frequently they realized our true intentions and we sometimes had riots and difficulties due to that fact. Very frequently women would hide their children under the clothes, but of course when we found them we would send the children in to be exterminated. We were required to carry out these exterminations in secrecy but of course the foul and nauseating stench from the continuous burning of bodies permeated the entire area and all of the people living in the surrounding communities knew that exterminations were going on at Auschwitz.”
Is that all true and correct, Witness?
COL. AMEN: Now, I will omit Paragraphs 8 and 9, which have to do with the medical experiments as to which you have already testified.
“10. Rudolf Mildner was the chief of the Gestapo at Katowice . . . from approximately March 1941 until September 1943. As such, he frequently sent prisoners to Auschwitz for incarceration or execution. He visited Auschwitz on several occasions. The Gestapo court, the SS Standgericht, which tried persons accused of various crimes, such as escaping prisoners of war, et cetera, frequently met within Auschwitz, and Mildner often attended the trial of such persons, who usually were executed in Auschwitz following their sentence. I showed Mildner through the extermination plant at Auschwitz and he was directly interested in it since he had to send the Jews from his territory for execution at Auschwitz.
“I understand English as it is written above. The above statements are true; this declaration is made by me voluntarily and without compulsion; after reading over the statement I have signed and executed the same at Nuremberg, Germany, on the fifth day of April 1946.”
Now I ask you, Witness, is everything which I have read to you true to your own knowledge?

Note that Hoess made a mistake when he said that the three Operation Reinhard camps were Belzec, Treblinka and Wolzek.  The third one was actually named Sobibor.

Note that Hoess said that the gas chamber at the Auschwitz main camp could gas 2,000 people at one time. If 2,000 people were put into the gas chamber at the main camp, there would have been no need for gas.  The victims would have died as the result of being crushed to death.  The gas chamber room was not large enough to accomodate 2,000 people.

Note that Hoess said that the gas was dropped into the gas chamber through “a small opening.”  According to the official Holocaust story, which you must believe in order to avoid going to prison for up to five years, there were four openings through which the gas pellets were dropped into the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp.  The four openings have been reconstructed, so that the 1.5 million tourists who visit Auschwitz each year can see them.

Note that Hoess said that the length of time that it took for the victims to die in the Auschwitz gas chamber was 3 to 15 minutes, “depending on climatic conditions.”   This was because the gas chamber had no way to heat it to 78.3 degrees, the temperature at which the gas was released.  In cold weather, it took longer for the body heat of the victims to heat the chamber to 78.3 degrees.

Why did Rudolf Hoess make so many mistakes in his affidavit which was read in court?  Who actually wrote his confession for him?  If Hoess wrote his confession himself, why did he make so many mistakes?

BTW, Hoess was put on trial in Poland.  He was convicted and hanged near the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp.

July 26, 2012

Why did the Commandant of Auschwitz confess to the gassing of millions of Jews?

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:57 am

A British blogger has written an outstanding blog post about how Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau, was tortured and intimidated in order to get him to confess to the gassing of millions of Jews.  The title of the blog post is The British Catholic, Rudolph Hoess, and torturing children; you can read it in full here.

The blog post is quite long, but it is a must read for anyone who is interested in the history of Auschwitz and how the number of deaths was determined by the Allies.  Included are photos of Rudolf Hoess, showing him with a bloody nose after he was beaten, and a photo of British Major Gerald Draper confronting Hoess who has an expression of fear on his face.

What was Draper saying to Hoess at that moment, that induced Hoess to confess that millions of people were gassed at Auschwitz?  Was Major Draper threatening to torture the children of Rudolf Hoess?  I always thought that Hoess confessed because the British threatened to turn his wife and children over to the Russians.

Read what my fellow blogger wrote:

My photo taken in 2000 in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC

On May 14, 1946, the former Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Rudolf Höß, also known as Rudolf Hoess, signed a sworn affidavit (shown in the photo above) in which he stated that two million Jews had been gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau between 1941 and 1943 while he was the Commandant. This did not include the period, during which Hoess was not the Commandant, when over 300,000 Hungarian Jews were gassed during a period of 10 weeks in the Summer of 1944, according to the Auschwitz Museum.

The English translation of the German text in the affidavit reads: “I declare herewith under oath that in the years 1941 to 1943 during my tenure in office as commandant of Auschwitz Concentration Camp 2 million Jews were put to death by gassing and a 1/2 million by other means. Rudolf Hoess. May 14, 1946.” The confession was signed by Hoess and by Josef Maier of the US Chief of Counsel’s office.

The photo that is displayed at the USHMM, along with the affidavit, shows Hungarian Jewish women and children walking to one of the four gas chambers in the Birkenau death camp on May 26, 1944, carrying their hand baggage in sacks.  What happened to all those sacks?  Did the Jews march past the barracks, nicknamed Canada, where the clothing taken from the Jews was sorted?

The spot where the clothing warehouse at Birkenau was located

Krema IV was located just north of the clothing warehouses, which were in a section that the prisoners called Canada. Across the road from Canada was the Central Sauna which had a shower room and disinfection chambers where the prisoners’ clothing was deloused. Krema IV had a fake shower room which was actually a gas chamber.

The caption underneath the photo in the USHMM reads:

On May 14, 1946, Rudolf Hoess, the former commandant of Auschwitz, signed a declaration stating that during his tenure in office, 2 million Jews had been gassed at Auschwitz and another 500,000 killed in other ways. Hoess overestimated the number of Jews gassed by about 1 million.

Was this confession obtained from Rudolf Hoess by means of torture? Rupert Butler wrote in his book entitled Legions of Death, published by Arrow Books in London in 1983, that Hoess had been beaten for three days by a British team of torturers under the command of Jewish interrogator Bernard Clarke.

Despite the confessions of Rudolf Hoess, the number of victims killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau is now officially given by the Auschwitz Musuem as 1.1 million, of which 900,000 were Jews.  This does not change the figure of 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.  That number is sacrosanct and the penalty for denying it, in 19 countries, is 5 years or more in prison.

You can read more about the confessions of Rudolf Hoess on my website here.

May 25, 2012

the grandson of Rudolf Hoess is still bothered by the shame associated with his family name

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:04 pm

Update: June 21, 2013

There is a documentary, by Chanoch Zeevi, entitled Hitler’s Chidren which you can watch on this blog. This quote is from the blog:

“Zeevi has tracked down five descendents of high ranking, powerful Nazi officials with one purpose: to examine the effects of an inherited legacy.”

The documentary shows Rainer Hoess, the grandson of Rudolf Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz. Rainer visited Auschwitz and spoke to a group of Israeli teenagers.

The documentary shows the house where Rudolf Hoess lived with his wife and children.  Rainer was particularly disturbed by a gate on the property.  What was not pointed out in the film is that the gate looked out on the countryside that was opposite the Auschwitz main camp; the gas chamber building was not visible to anyone looking through this gate.

Strangely, the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, that was “only yards from the gate” into the yard of the Hoess house, was not shown in the documentary.  Rainer should have been shown the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, and someone should have explained to him exactly how the gas chamber worked.

Monika Goeth, the daughter of Amon Goeth, Commandant of the Plaszow camp, which is shown in Schindler’s List, is also shown in the documentary, as she tells about meeting a survivor of the Plaszow camp who has a tattoo on his arm. It should have been mentioned in the documentary that only prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau were tattooed.  This man must have been sent from Plaszow to Auschwitz, but he somehow survived.

Continue reading my original post:
Rainer Hoess recently visited the Auschwitz main camp, where his father, the son of Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Hoess, was raised in a house that was only a few yards from the gas chamber. You can see a video here which shows the garden of the Commandant’s house where the children of Rudolf Hoess played.  Rainer Hoess was particularly disgusted by the sight of the fancy wrought iron gate that opened from the garden into the Auschwitz main camp; he referred to it as the “gate into hell.”

This quote is from the article which shows the video:

When he was a child Rainer Hoess was shown a family heirloom.

He remembers his mother lifting the heavy lid of the fireproof chest with a large swastika on the lid, revealing bundles of family photos.

They featured his father as a young child playing with his brothers and sisters, in the garden of their grand family home.

The photos show a pool with a slide and a sand pit – an idyllic family setting – but one that was separated from the gas chambers of Auschwitz by just a few yards.

It was where his grandmother told the children to wash the strawberries they picked because they smelled of ash from the concentration camp ovens.

How far was the Commandant’s house from the gas chamber?

The aerial map of the Auschwitz main camp, shown in the photo below, includes the location of the Hoess house, which is on the extreme left in the photo.

Map of Auschwitz main camp shows the Commandant’s house on the far left

The photo below shows the street that runs along the outside of the original camp. Organized tours start on this street, then turn right at the first intersection and go through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, which is to the right, but out of camera range in this shot. This street goes straight ahead to the gas chamber, and the former Political Section, which are to the right at the next intersection. The SS hospital, which is across from the gas chamber, can be seen on the right; it is the light-colored, two-story building.

Entrance road into the Auschwitz main camp

The SS hospital was across the street from the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

I took the photo above early in the morning in October 2005, before the tour groups entered this part of the camp.  The street shown in the photo continues on to the rear of the house where Hoess lived.  The photo below shows the rear of the house.

The rear of the house where Rudolf Hoess lived

In the photo above, the garden is on the left side of the house, but it is out of camera range in the photo.

The front of the house where Rudolf Hoess lived

The garden, where the wrought iron gate is located, is on the far right side of the photo above.  On the left side, but not shown in the photo, is the fence around the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Why would the Commandant live so close to the gas chamber?  Why not?  The SS hospital was even closer to the gas chamber than the Commandant’s house, and the SS Political Department was on the other side of the gas chamber, as shown in the photo below.

The SS Political Department was located right next to the gas chamber and crematorium at Auschwitz

The photo above shows the gallows where Rudolf Hoess was hanged. On the left is the reconstructed chimney of the crematorium; on the right is the building where the SS Political Department was located.

The chimney at the crematorium was too far from the Commandant's garden for ashes to get on the strawberries

The chimney at the Auschwitz crematorium was too far from the Commandant’s garden for ashes to get on the strawberries

What does all this have to do with anything?  It shows you how callous the SS men were.  It didn’t bother them that Jews were being gassed, 900 at a time, in a gas chamber that was right in the center of where they lived and worked and recovered when they were wounded or sick.  It didn’t bother the Commandant that his children had to wash the ashes off the strawberries from the garden before eating them.

How do we know that Jews were gassed at Auschwitz?  We know it because Rudolf Hoess confessed after he was almost tortured to death by the British.  You can read his confessions (plural) on my website here.  You can read another blog post about Rudolf Hoess here.

March 28, 2011

Anthony Lawson and his excellent video about the Holocaust

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

I just finished watching the mind-blowing video, called Holocaust, Hate Speech & Were the Germans so Stupid? produced by Anthony Lawson.   This is a fantastic video, with a wealth of little-known information, which you can see here. There is almost too much in the video for the mind to process; I had to watch the whole thing twice to take it all in.  I really enjoyed listening to Lawson’s beautiful voice and his perfect English.

Update July 30, 2013:  The YouTube video is back up.  I watched it here this morning.

Update March 29, 2011 7 a.m. I have just learned that You Tube has taken the video down, due to a copyright complaint.  When I viewed the video, I noticed that two of the photos that I took are in the video.  Since I approve of the video, I did not make a complaint, but this is something that Lawson should have anticipated.  I get lots of e-mails from people who want to use one of my photos in a book or video.  I am surprised that Lawson did not know that you need permission to use material that is not in the public domain.  You can read all about the copyright controversy here.

Continue reading my original post:   

I have some comments to add to what is told in the video.

The video starts off with the moral question of “telling lies.”  Lawson says that Rudolf Hoess signed a confession in order to save the lives of his wife and children.  I agree that Rudof Hoess undoubtedly signed a confession, written by the British, because he had been threatened with the prospect of his family being turned over to the Russians if he didn’t co-operate.  The confession contains so many glaring errors that it is doubtful that Hoess wrote it himself. Yet this confession is still used today to prove the Holocaust.  You can read more about Hoess and his confession here.

Then the video moves on to a long discussion about the unfair Nuremberg trial and the role that the Jews played in the trial.  Finally, the video gets to the question: Were the Germans so stupid  that they would leave it to Prison-camp commanders to devise their own methods for carrying out the greatest mass murder in history?

This part of the video is so compelling that, in my humble opinion, it should have been shown at the start.  I think it would be better to start off with something that would really grab the attention of the viewer because young people today all have some degree of Attention Deficit and older people like myself have some degree of Holocaust Fatigue.

The answer to the question posed in the video is: Yes, the Germans were so stupid that they didn’t use their world-renowned engineers to design their gas chambers. They should have asked Werner von Braun to take time out from his work on the V2 rockets, for just one day, to design the world’s best gas chamber.  Instead, it was left up to the Commandants of the camps to design the gas chambers.

Not mentioned in the video is that the Commandant of Sachsenhausen testified at his trial that he was the one who made the decision to use a gas chamber.  Of course, there were virtually no Jews at Sachsenhausen at that time, but that didn’t matter; every concentration camp had to have a gas chamber.

Here is a quote from my own web site about the Berlin trial of the Commandant of Sachsenhausen, which you can read here:

Public Prosecutor: Was it your own decision?

Kaindl: Partially yes. Because the existing installations were too small and not sufficient for the exterminations, I decided to have a meeting with some SS officers, including the SS Chief Doctor Baumkötter. During this meeting, he told me that poisoning of prisoners by prussic acid in special chambers would cause an immediate death. After this meeting, I decided to install gas chambers in the camp for mass extermination because it was a more efficient and more humane way to exterminate prisoners.

Public Prosecutor: Who was responsible for the extermination?

Kaindl: The commandant of the camp.

Public Prosecutor: So, it was you?

Kaindl: Yes.

Note that Anton Kaindl, the Commandant of Sachsenhausen, made the decision himself to build a gas chamber at Sachsenhausen.  And you thought that the order came from Hitler!  David Irving got into trouble for writing that Hitler didn’t know about the Holocaust until 1943.  Maybe Irving was right.  How was Hitler supposed to know what the Commandant of Sachsenhausen was doing on his own?

Re-enactment of pouring gas into the Majdanek gas chamber

The photo above is shown in Lawson’s video with the caption that it is a re-enactment. This photo was taken by the Russians at the Majdanek “death cmap.”  The photo is used on an official Holocaust history web site in an article which explains how the gas was poured into the 4 underground gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Here is a quote about the photo from the web site which you can read in full here:

A rare photograph of a similar introduction vent from Majdanek, not Auschwitz, has been preserved. Majdanek was also a camp where mass gassings were performed.

When the Red Army arrived in July 1944 the soldiers found huge warehouses spilling over with goods. They discovered dead bodies and further evidence of a full range of atrocities, which they publicized immediately to the world presses.

(Feig, Konnilyn, Hitler’s Death Camps, 1979, p. 330.)

A Soviet army man posed for this photograph, holding the device’s cover, standing next to the device itself. It was published in the London press in October 1944. It is unknown how similar this actually looked to the “little chimneys” of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Majdanek introduction vent

Source: The Illustrated London News, October 14, 1944, p. 442.

Note that this photo was published by the LONDON NEWS in October 1944 shortly after the Majdanek camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers in July 1944.  When Soviet soldiers arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the gas chambers had allegedly been blown up already and no photo of the “little chimneys” could be taken.

The crematorium at the Majdanek camp had allegedly been burned down by the Germans, and it had to be reconstructed by the Soviets.  The “little chimney” in the photo is a reconstruction.  The problem is that the real gas chambers at Majdanek were not in the crematorium, but in another building at the other end of the camp.  When the Soviets reconstructed the gas chamber in the crematorium, they made it look like a shower room and the hole in the roof was directly over the drain for the shower.  The reconstruction was allegedly done from the original blueprints.  If the Nazis had used real engineers to design their gas chambers, they wouldn’t have made a mistake like that.

I blogged about the lack of engineers being involved in the construction of the Mauthausen gas chamber in a previous post which you can read here.

Lawson’s video mainly talks about the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, which is shown to tourists today.  For years, the staff at Auschwitz claimed that this gas chamber was original, but now it is called a reconstruction.  The “little chimneys” on the roof, where the gas pellets were poured in, are reconstructions.

“little chimneys” on the roof of the Auschwitz gas chamber

I climbed up on the roof of the Auschwitz gas chamber in 1998 and took the photo above.  There are four wooden chimneys with covers that are a reconstruction of the ones that were allegedly used to pour in the gas pellets. The three other chimneys were for something else.  Today, there are millions of visitors to Auschwitz and no one is allowed to climb up onto the roof.

P.S. In case you didn’t get to see the video before it was taken down, I can assure you that it is perfectly innocuous.  There is no “hate speech” unless you define hate speech as telling the truth. Lawson speaks in a neutral voice with no hatred.  I did not notice any factual errors and I did not spot any misidentified photos, nor any use of photos to twist the facts.  The video is very educational and could be used in history classes in America, that is, if telling the truth is ever allowed.

This video could be used to teach others how to make a proper video about history.  I especially liked the fact that no background music is used, except for one dramatic chord at the very end.  I find the music that is used in typical Holocaust videos to be very irritating and distracting.  I hope that the video will be put on DVD and made available to everyone.

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