Above: The "reconstructed" nature of Crematorium 1 at Auschwitz is obvious to even a casual observer: these photographs of the rear of the "reconstructed" Crematorium 1, showing the equally "reconstructed" chimney - which, as is evident, is not even connected to the building whose ovens it is supposed to have served. The chimney in fact is connected to nothing - a really poor fake.
Above: The ruins of Crematorium 2 in Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is how all the other Crematoria in the camp appear today - compare this to the "reconstructed" Crematorium 1 above, and the full extent of the "reconstruction" work becomes obvious - in fact, the gas chamber and crematorium shown to modern visitors to Auschwitz has been totally fabricated and built after the war. If modern day camp museum staff are pressed on this point, they do now admit it, although it was denied for years, despite obvious flaws in the Crematorium 1 chimney reconstruction, as illustrated above.
ORIGINAL Architect's PLANS SHOW NO GAS CHAMBERS
The original German architectural building plans for Auschwitz have survived, and are on display at the camp museum to this day. There are no gas chambers on these original plans - and given the specialist construction which would be required to build chambers capable of killing thousands of people at a time (as is claimed) it seems extremely unlikely that the plans in question would not have shown these structures.
It is claimed that the rooms marked as mortuaries (in German, "leichenkellers") on the building plans were used as gas chambers - a claim which is highly dubious, given the technical demands which an airtight chamber being used for mass gassings, would require.
Above: The original German architectural building plans for Crematorium 2 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, on public display in the camp museum today. According to this original plan, there is no gas chamber. It is claimed that the underground structures, marked very clearly as mortuaries ("leichenkellers") were used as gas chambers - something which would technically be almost impossible, given the extremely high airtight specifications which are compulsory at gas chamber execution facilities which are used to kill people, as in the USA.
Below: Two details of the above architect's plans, which show the mortuaries ("leichenkellers") in question. It is now claimed that these mortuary rooms were in fact gas chambers, and one of the mortuary rooms in the "reconstructed" Crematorium 1 is presented as a real execution center.
Above: A model on display at the modern Auschwitz museum illustrates how the rooms described as mortuaries on the architectural building plans, would supposedly have been used as gas chambers. The ridiculousness of the alleged murder facility being actually used as shown is revealed by other photographs from the present day gas chamber on display to visitors to Auschwitz, illustrated below.
Above: A photograph of the alleged gas chamber at Auschwitz 1 which is shown to visitors today: note the non-airtight opening door to the right of the picture, and in the top left of the picture, note the perfectly ordinary single pane glass window. If this room had been used to mass gas thousands of people, it would have been smashed out in an instant by the victims, especially if they were, as the story goes, packed into such facilities thousands or hundreds at a time.
Above: These two pictures show the roof of the alleged gas chamber shown to modern visitors to Auschwitz: Firstly, note how close the building is to surrounding facilities, in particular the hospital block and the nearby guard tower. Right: The small structures on the roof itself were allegedly the pipe openings into which the Zyklon-B gas pellets were thrown. The larger structures are air vents through which the gas would have been allegedly expelled once the victims were dead. The impossibility of having poisonous gas - so strong that it had just allegedly killed thousands of people in a few minutes - being expelled into the air right next to the camp hospital with its open windows - makes a complete mockery of the gassing allegations.
Above: A close-up view of the openings on the roof of the alleged gas chamber which is shown to modern visitors to Auschwitz. It is claimed that the Zyklon-B pellets - which react with air to give off gas would be thrown down these openings into hollow pipes in the alleged gas chamber below. There are, of course, no hollow pipes in the chamber below (see picture of the interior above). More importantly, the crude wooden lid, which is lifted open and closed by hand, as illustrated here, is not airtight and would certainly have resulted in leakage of the gas into the surrounding area above the chamber, killing both guards and people in the surrounding buildings as well. It is impossible to mass gas people in such a facility without killing everyone in the surrounding area as well.
FORENSIC INVESTIGATION OF "GAS CHAMBER" RUINS REVEALS NO EVIDENCE OF GASSINGS
Although the Crematorium 1 has now been accepted by all as having been built after the war, there are in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp the remains of no less than four other crematoria, all of which are alleged to either have had gas chambers attached to them in an underground facility, or have had the capacity for such gas chambers.
As cyanide gas leaves very long lasting traces in walls and plaster, the obvious step for anyone wishing to conclusively prove the use of Zyklon-B as a mass killing agent in the ruins of the alleged gas chambers at Auschwitz, would be to take forensic samples from these sites and analyze them for traces of the poison gas.
Surprisingly, samples were never taken from these sites to try and prove that mass gassing took place - and it was up to the revisionist historians, who doubted the mass gassing story, to take the first samples and analyze them. These samples were taken by Fred Leuchter, an acknowledged American expert who designed and built many of the late 20th Century American judicial execution methods, and whose work is widely available on the Internet.
Above: A still image from a video of American judicial execution expert, Fred Leuchter, taking samples inside the crematorium -- and alleged gas chamber -- in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Leuchter took samples of the walls and plaster from all sites in Auschwitz which were allegedly used as mass gas chambers, and, after analysis, found that there were insufficient traces of cyanide in the samples to show that these buildings could have been used as gas chambers.
In February 1988, Leuchter traveled to Auschwitz, Poland, and assessed the likelihood that the building remains there could have functioned as homicidal gas chambers. He took forty samples of the fabric of those structures, for forensic and chemical analysis by reputable American laboratories. These laboratories found no significant residues of hydrogen-cyanide compounds except in one structure, which was commonly agreed to have been the building in which the slave laborers' clothing was fumigated with Zyklon-B. Here there were massive quantities of the poison residue still impregnating the brickwork. (The Leuchter Report, by Fred Leuchter, Focal Point Publications, London, 1989).
It has since been alleged that Leuchter's samples were invalid because they were ground up with brick and plaster which had not been exposed to Zyklon-B. This allegation is without foundation, as the test results, undertaken by an independent laboratory in the USA which had not been told the samples' origin, found the differentiation in traces of cyanide gas to be constant from site to site. Thus, even if non-contaminated material had been mixed in with the original, the differences between the area where delousing had taken place and where alleged mass killings had taken place, were still identical, despite all the samples having been subjected to the same mixing process.
In other words, it is the difference between the samples themselves which is the revealing part of the Leuchter Report: the scale of differentiation remained constant, even in the sample from the clothing delousing chamber, where the use of Zyklon-B was never under dispute.
Independent Forensic Research Confirms Leuchter Report
Disturbed by the Leuchter Report, the director of the Auschwitz museum and archives, Franciszek Piper, secretly commissioned a new Polish forensic laboratory report on the camp to double check Leuchter’s results. This independent Polish government investigation, which the Auschwitz museum authorities have yet to release, although it is dated 24 September 1990, shows that while there are substantial concentrations (between 9 and 147 micrograms per 100g) of cyanide residues in ten samples taken from the walls of the rooms and chambers where cyanide gas was used for disinfecting the slave-laborers' clothing, there are none whatever in ten samples taken from rooms identified in countless war crimes trials as the lethal gas chambers also using this Zyklon B (hydrogen cyanide) gas, apart from a " vanishingly small" trace in one column in Birkenau, compatible with routine disinfectant operations. Forensic tests on human hair samples were also negative.
Raul Hilberg has also testified in a Canadian court that "no scientific reports prove Jews were exterminated in Nazi gas chambers" (Scientific evidence of Holocaust missing, The Sault Star Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, January 18, 1985). Testifying in the trial of a holocaust revisionist activist, Hilberg added that " . . . German war documents contain no mention of killing Jews . . ." and "there are no autopsy reports indicating a single person died from exposure to poisonous gas in chambers. " (ibid).
THE AUSCHWITZ GAS CHAMBER CHANGES LOCATION
Confronted with the above mentioned contradictions and impossibilities, the 'gas chambers' at Auschwitz story has recently been changed once again.
Proponents of the 'gas chamber' now, incredibly, claim that the gassings did not take place in the mortuary cellars at all, but rather in two outbuildings, situated outside the camp itself.
This astonishing 'about face' was first made by the 34-year veteran managing editor of the establishment German magazine Der Spiegel, Fritjof Meyer.
Writing in the very politically correct journal OstEuropa (president of the OstEuropa publishing house is the former German Parliamentary Speaker, Dr Rita Süssmuth) in May 2002, Meyer said that new research made it clear that there had indeed been no gassings in the mortuaries of the crematoria - as claimed by "eyewitnesses" and all the forced "confessions" obtained from SS-men, but had rather taken place in what has become known as 'Bunker 1' and "Bunker 2" which were situated outside the camp.
Left: a map of the Birkenau I camp at Auschwitz. The crematoria, where it was claimed that the gassings were carried out, are marked in red. The "new" version of the Auschwitz gas chamber story, as announced by establishment historian and editor of Die Speigel, Fritjof Meyer, in 2002, is that the gassings did not take place in the crematoria mortuaries, but rather in outbuildings which were outside the main camp itself (marked in blue).
This concession was forced by revisionist investigations, as outlined above, which proved that the mortuaries could not have been used as gas chambers. Despite the official revision in the story, in establishment circles, the 'gas chamber' in the mortuary story is still shown to visitors to the Auschwitz camp and is widely disseminated in the mass media.
As the outbuildings where the gassings are now supposed to have taken place were quite small, Meyer, writing in OstEuropa, was also forced to reduce the number of victims of the gas chamber. Citing official sources, Meyer said that only some 356,000 people were gassed there - substantially down from the millions as claimed earlier.
Most conveniently, both the outbuildings which Meyer and others now claim to have been the 'real' gas chambers, were been leveled to the ground. Once again, like the 'mortuary gas chamber story', the actual site of the alleged gas chamber simply does not exist any more.
Above: The remains of Bunker 2V seen from the eastern corner, as they are today. This was the site now claimed to have been the scene of mass gassings, according to the latest establishment version of the Auschwitz camp. The reader will note the convenience of the site: leveled to the ground, and thus not susceptible to the forensic examinations which have conclusively disproved the "mortuary gas chamber" allegations of earlier. Picture from the pro-Extermination thesis book, AUSCHWITZ: Technique and operation of the gas chambers by Jean-Claude Pressac, 1989.
It is therefore worth noting that there is absolutely no technical physical evidence to support the claim that gas chambers, designed for the killing of people, existed at any German concentration camp. This is particularly so with regard to the oft claimed story of gas chambers disguised as showers.
In fact, the story of the "shower" gas chambers, at Auschwitz in particular, is derived from the fact that there were indeed mass shower facilities at the camp. Ironically, the Germans took special care to ensure that all camp inmates were regularly bathed to try and prevent the spread of disease, which would have severely impacted the purpose of the camp, namely as a labor resource for the industry around the camp.
Alongside: a photograph, taken by the Germans, and reproduced in the pro-Extermination thesis book, AUSCHWITZ: Technique and operation of the gas chambers by Jean-Claude Pressac, 1989, which shows the extent of the Auschwitz shower rooms, complete with camp inmates just having taken a shower. It was from these facilities that the story of "gas chambers in shower rooms" originated, ironic because the showers still remain on display at the camp today, even though it is no longer claimed that they were used as gas chambers. The caption in Pressac's book reads: "A group of prisoners, carrying their shoes, has just showered and is going into the "Trockenraum. R. Seite / drying room, clean side". Some of the 50 showers are visible and the installation corresponds to that shown no [PMO neg. no. 20995/477]"
DELOUSING CHAMBERS FOR CLOTHING USED ZYKLON-B IN ALL CAMPS
What did exist - at all the camps - were small delousing chambers - tiny air tight rooms - usually no larger than large cupboards - in which clothes were regularly deloused with the Zyklon-B chemical (which was - and still is to this day - sold under that brand name as an insecticide).
These delousing chambers were used in all the Nazi camps - including those in Germany itself, with the result that Zyklon-B was distributed to all camps, in Poland and in Germany alike. All Nazi documentation relating to gas and gassing equipment refers specifically to this use of the poison gas, and nowhere is reference made to the killing of people in the camps with this insecticide.
The Germans were aware that lice infestations meant the outbreak of the deadly disease typhus, and that if that disease took hold, it could easily kill their precious labor force. They therefore took great precautions to prevent the outbreak of typhus, which included regular disinfestations of the camp barracks, and so-called 'autoclaves' or disinfestation rooms, in which the clothing of all inmates was passed to kill lice.
Alongside: a poster, with working in German and Polish, distributed at Auschwitz for the inmates, which warns" One Louse is Your Death". The idea of Nazis warning inmates that disease could kill them, does not ring true with the allegation that those same Nazis were trying to kill the inmates at the same time.
Auschwitz in fact had a complex and well developed delousing system, consisting of a sophisticated series of 'autoclaves' which were open ended chambers, and conventional disinfestation chambers.
The autoclaves were remarkably efficient, and used steam as their primary means of disinfection and lice killing. This was, most likely, also the source of the "steam chamber" mass-murder allegations which have surfaced in holocaust books.
Dirty clothes were loaded in one end of the autoclave, and then unloaded the other side. The Auschwitz camp museum, ironically, has a full set of documentation of this procedure, along with photographs, from where the following illustrations are taken (as reproduced in Pressac's book):
Above left: Auschwitz autoclave number 2, seen from the 'dirty' side. In this photo we see through the autoclave to the other side. Dirty clothes were put on hangers on a trolley which was pulled towards the north and put on two short rails. Above right: The present day view of the north side doors of autoclaves 2 and 1. The 'dirty' side doors were rarely if ever photographed during the war because they are on the north side when there was rarely much light. Once the action of the steam was completed, the operator on the clean side opened the door pulled out the trolley and removed the sterilized clothes.
Above: The battery of three autoclaves, south, clean side numbered above the manufacturer's nameplate 1, 2, 3 from left to right. The steam arrived through the light colored pipe above the autoclaves. It is more than likely that it came from the basement boiler. The dark pipe connected the pressure vessel to the hot water tanks. An electric motor enabled the steam to be rapidly evacuated at the end of the cycle (to the left of each autoclave). On the table a prisoner is filling in the operating report and there is a clock for timing the sterilization cycle. The two short rails in front of each autoclave are to receive the trolley carrying the effects to be disinfected.
Above: Apart from the autoclaves, Auschwitz also possessed disinfestation chambers for clothing. They worked in much the same was as the autoclaves, with "dirty' and 'clean' sides. Here, the exit doors on the clean side of the disinfestation chamber are open, with prisoners removing a trolley load of clothing. The peepholes in the doors could be closed by raising the flap and blocking it with a catch. These were probably opened at the end of a disinfestation cycle to allow fresh air to enter as soon as the extractor fans were switched on.
Above: One of the Auschwitz disinfestation chambers (number 4) as it is today. The doors have been removed, allowing the interior to be seen.
Auschwitz: A Labor Camp