Notes, Sources and Further Reading
Here is the page that describes the gas chambers. We are given the number of people that could fit into the gas chamber but not the size. In fact, the size of the gas chambers is a tricky piece of information to find. You can experiment yourself by using a top search engine and asking how big the gas chambers in Auschwitz were. Luckily I already know that the alleged gas chamber in Crematorium II (Which is a mirror image of Crematorium III and similar in layout and size to Crematorium IV and V) is 210 square meters. If I search in Google for ‘Krema II 210 sq m’ I get a tweet from the Auschwitz Memorial blue check account (see below).
Auschwitz Memorial’s tweet also has a blueprint of Crematorium II:
The search for the Crematorium size also returns a page from the Jewish Virtual Library (section 2.05). But wait, what’s this? “One gas chamber, about 210 square meters (2220 square feet) in area, easily accommodated a few hundred people, who were crammed into it.” Didn’t the other website say 2000 people went in at a time? Interesting that they state hundreds instead of thousands when the size of the chamber is readily available.
No, I did not make up the part about using canes. In this interview Dario Gabbai, the protagonist of our story, says that they used canes to drag the bodies (timestamp 9:14).
An online version of AUSCHWITZ: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers, by Jean-Claude Pressac, where he describes the wooden door. This book has been called a monumental work of research and Wikipedia has credited the book with debunking falsehoods made by Holocaust deniers. Despite this book being so important it is rare and copies can go for over $1000.
What Wikipedia won’t tell you, however, is that a response to Pressac’s book exists. It is called Auschwitz Plain Facts.
For the running times of the crematorium I used an article by Carlo Mattogno called, The Crematoria Ovens of Auschwitz and Birkenau.
For a visual explanation of the alleged gassing process you can watch Dean Irebodd’s Auschwitz documentary. It can be found from minute 1:30-6:00, although I highly recommend that you watch the entire thing.
The following YouTube video is a segment from an interview with Dario Gabbai where he claims that 2500 to 3000 people went into the gas chamber at once. He gives details of the pre-gassing procedure and he claims that they opened the door 15 to 20 minutes after the Zyklon B had been dropped.
A problem arises with this story, aside from the problem of putting 3000 people in a 210 square meter room, as the deadly cyanide gas wouldn’t even be halfway finished being released from the pellets after 20 minutes. Gas masks wouldn’t necessarily have helped as the cyanide can easily absorb through skin, especially skin that is moist due to sweating and I’m quite certain that dragging hundreds of bodies with a can is sweaty work. Click here for more info (pages 25 and 238).
The role of typhus isn’t mentioned much in Holocaust literature. Perhaps it’s because one might wonder why the Germans didn’t just let the disease do the job of murdering instead of a complicated and dangerous system of gassing. Perhaps there is another reason. More about typhus can be found here (page 71).
More about the elevator (timestamp 20:55).
Various witnesses testify that the hair and teeth of the gassing victims were removed. In Jürgen Graf’s book, Auschwitz: Eyewitness Reports and Perpetrator Confessions of the Holocaust, these various claims are examined:
What is significant about this is that not only is it implausible that two or three people could remove the teeth and hair form thousands of bodies, but also that they would have been exposed to cyanide gas from the corpses (see page 27)
Maps of Auschwitz where the soccer field is labeled (pages 54 and 82).