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Sunday, 2 November 2014

The demise of Majdanek's gas chamber no. 7






This photograph shows a long-removed museum sign in the former alleged homicidal gas chamber in the Soviet-reconstructed "new crematorium" at Majdanek. The script on the sign is not completely legible in the photograph, but the first line of the English text reads: "A gas chamber built to exterminate ...", and the Polish website from which I've taken the photograph confirms that the sign says prisoners were murder in this room with Zyklon B.

The Majdanek museum no longer claims this room was a homicidal gas chamber, and it appears as if the sign was removed in the early 1990s. It was likely still present when Fred Leuchter visited in February 1988, and when Jean-Claude Pressac subsequently visited—his rebuttal to the Leuchter Report was published in December 1988—as he wrote that the then-museum assistant director told him the room had been used as a homicidal gas chamber albeit infrequently. Carlo Mattogno makes no mention of this sign in any of the various editions of his and Juergen Graf's joint study of the camp (originally published in 1998).

Books about Majdanek published before 1981 generally state the camp had seven gas chambers, and the more detailed studies list this room was one of the seven. But on on June 30, 1981, the judgment of the six-year-long Duesseldorf-Majdanek trial stated that the evidence for this room—and for two other of the camps' alleged gas chambers—having been homicidal gas chambers, was inconclusive. Also in 1981, Józef Marszałk, the then-Majdanek museum director, published a detailed study on the camp, and in the German (1984) and English (1986) translations, he made no mention of a "gas chamber" whilst listing the various rooms in the new crematorium. Jean-Claude Pressac concluded in his aforementioned report, that for various reasons this room could not have operated as a homicidal gas chamber, and, finally, in 2010, Majdanek museum's thoroughly dishonest director Tomasz Kranz, implied that the claim this room ever was a gas chamber, was some form of administrative error by the Polish-Soviet Extraordinary Commission in 1944.





Here's a photograph taken in a similar position to the one above, on September 30, 2013; the current sign claims it was a "hall where the corpses were stored", and a place where executions frequently took place. No mentioned of how they were executed though.





This photograph shows the same doorway in the two photographs above, but from the opposite side.





This is a composite image (source) of the ex-alleged homicidal gas chamber, which was created with two video-stills (laid side-by-side) taken from Soviet footage of the remnants of the crematorium following the fire which destroyed the parts built from wood (i.e. most of it)The cameraman who shot this film was standing in a similar position to where I took the photograph above.





Further reading:

On this link you can read about the demise of Majdanek's gas chamber no. 4.




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