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06 Krema II, III, IV, and V - The Birkenau Gas Chambers (Holocaust: Auschwitz)




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This article is from the Holocaust FAQ, by Ken McVay kmcvay@nizkor.org with numerous contributions by others.

06 Krema II, III, IV, and V - The Birkenau Gas Chambers (Holocaust: Auschwitz)

Foner continues: "What Piper said, in effect - and on camera - was that
the explosive Leuchter Report was correct: No homicidal gassings took
place in the buildings designated `homicidal gas chambers' at
Auschwitz."

(As to the "Leuchter report", we refer you to the Leuchter Report FAQ,
- http://www.nizkor.org/faqs/leuchter/.

Foner omits mention of the larger gas chambers of Kremas II-V, in which
over a million people were murdered. Hilberg (Destruction) provides the
following:

At Birkenau, illusion was the rule. It was not always simple
or possible, inasmuch as at least some of the deportees had
observed the sign "Auschwitz" as the train passed through the
railway yards, (Wiesel, 36) or had seen flames belching from
the chimneys, or had smelled the strange, sickening odor of the
crematoria. (Lengyel, 22) Most of them, however, like a group
from Salonika, were funneled through the undressing rooms, were
told to hang their clothes on hooks and remember the number,
and promised food after the shower and work after the food.
The unsuspecting Greek Jews, clutching soap and towels, rushed
into the gas chambers. (Mu"ller, 80-81) Nothing was allowed to
disturb this precarious synchronization. When a Jewish inmate
revealed to newly arrived people what was in store for them, he
was cremated alive. (Mu"ller, 80) Only in the case of victims
who were brought in from nearby ghettos in upper Silesia
(Sosnowiec and Bedzin) and who had had intimations of Auschwitz
was speed alone essential. These people were told to undress
quickly in their "own best interest." (Mu"ller, 69-71)

And finally, consider these remarks, from the SS Doctor Kremer, made
during a hearing held on 18 July, 1947. (Klee, 258)

I remember I once took part in the gassing of one of these
groups of women [from the women's camp in Auschwitz]. I cannot
say how big the group was. when I got close to the bunker I saw
them sitting on the ground. They were still clothed. As they
were wearing worn-out camp clothing they were not left in the
undressing hut but made to undress in the open air. I concluded
from the behavior of these women that they had no doubt what
fate awaited them, as they begged and sobbed to the SS men to
spare them their lives. However, they were herded into the gas
chambers and gassed. As an anatomist I have seen a lot of
terrible things: I had had a lot of experience with dead bodies,
and yet what I saw that day was like nothing I had ever seen
before. Still completely shocked by what I had seen I wrote on
my diary on 5 September 1942: "The most dreadful of horrors.
Hauptscharfuherer Thilo was right when he said to me today that
this is the 'anus mundi', the anal orifice of the world". I
used this image because I could not imagine anything more
disgusting and horrific.

 

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