Monday, 3 December 2012

The ad hoc gas chamber at Neuengamme

Some people seem to be under the impression that the Holocaust Industry no longer claims that the Nazis operated homicidal gas chambers at camps within the pre-1939 Third Reich borders. For example an American white nationalist recently wrote: "The homicidal gas chambers have migrated from Germany and Austria to Poland."

That simply isn't true. I visited just four of the former camps in Northern Germany in June 2012, Bergen-Belsen, Neuengamme, Ravensbrueck and Sachsenhausen, and with the exception of Belsen, all of them are still claimed to have operated a homicidal gas chamber. I've already documented with photographic evidence what the museums at Ravensbrueck and Sachsenhausen presently claim about gas chambers at those camps, but until now I've never published photos of the Neuengamme ad hoc gas chamber.

The text in English on the above sign (enlarged) reads:

Detention bunker (camp prison)
The detention building (called simply 'the bunker' in camp jargon) was equipped with five solitary confinement cells for the enforcement of particular camp punishments, i.e. light deprivation. From 1942 onwards, increasing numbers of prisoners were hanged in the tract's corridor. This was compounded by the Gestapo, which brought hundreds of people here to be executed. On two occasions in autumn 1943 the SS killed Soviet prisoners of war using Cyclon B poison gas: 197 POWs in September and 251 in late November. The victims of the second wave of murders were mostly war-wounded. Here, in the nights of 21-24 April 1945, shortly before the camp was evacuated, the SS killed 71 men and women from the Fuhlsbüttel police prison in Hamburg.
The building continued to serve as detention cells after 1945. It was torn down in 1950.

The building behind the bunker/gas chamber was a factory in which Walther pistols and rifles were made. enlarged

Model of the Neuengamme camp with the 'bunker' / gas chamber indicated. enlarged

Photo of a photo of the Neuengamme crematorium. enlarged

The text in English on the above sign (enlarged) reads:
In the early days of the concentration camp, bodies were still cremated at the crematorium in Ohlsdorf cemetery. In autumn 1942, when the number of victims had increased, the SS had a "provisional cremation facility" erected near the sewage plant.
As the number of fatalities continued to grow, the SS started the construction of a new crematorium in autumn 1944. By the end of the same year, the first two furnaces were finished and put into operation.
The gold teeth of the victims were removed from their jaws before their bodies were cremated. The SS had their ashes buried near the crematorium and on the grounds of the camp nursery. The crematorium was demolished in late 1946/early 1947.
After a campaign by Neuengamme survivors who has joined together in the "Amicale Internationale", the site of the new crematorium was marked by a commemorative plaque in 1970.

Where the crematorium once stood. (enlarged)

Plaque memorialising the crematorium. (enlarged)

Direction sign to the crematorium memorial. (enlarged)

Another photo of the model of the Neuengamme camp. The blue arrow indicates
the crematorium, the red arrow again indicates the bunker/gas chamber. (enlarged)

1 comment:

  1. The gas chamber myth is as important for the present establishment in Germany as it is for Poland, Israel and the USA. . In the 80s it was generally concluded that there were no homicidal gas chambers in any of the old Reich concentration lagers however this was felt to be too much of a concession to the revisionists and so the gas chamber myth was added to all the old lagers like Dachau , Neuengamme etc .There is of course no forensic evidence for this.
    Incidentally this so called division between old Reich and new Reich was never apparent in war time Germany. Auschwitz had been on Austrian land prior to 1918 and the German border was only a few miles away. The border of course was pushed 300 miles westward after 1945.


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