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   Bauleitung drawing 932:  Pressac's commentary, and a detail of
   the most important part of the drawing.  This early 1942
   blueprint for Krema II, Pressac argues, shows no evidence that
   the building was designed with homicidal intent.  Only in later
   blueprints, notably drawing 2003, do we see clear homicidal
   intent.  This claim of Pressac's is unusual and has not gained
   wide acceptance among historians, but he does make a good case.


   Bauleitung drawing 2003:  Pressac's commentary, an overview of
   the Kellergeschoss (basement floor), and detail (of the same
   section detailed in drawing 932) for both the Kellergeschoss
   and the Erdgeschoss (ground floor).  This late-1942/early-1943
   blueprint shows three modifications which indicate homicidal
   gassing intent.  All three are shown in the basement floor
   detail.  As Pressac says:
      Replacing a chute designed to take corpses by an ordinary
      stairway defies all logic - unless the future corpses entered
      while they were still living and could walk down the stairs.
   One of Pressac's pre-emptive arguments relies on the ground
   floor detail, which is why it is included.


   A copy of the Franke-Gricksch report, and Pressac's commentary


   A photograph from early 1942 showing three columns in the roof
   of the Krema II gas chamber, Leichenkeller 1.  These
   corroborate both physical evidence and testimony for the
   wire-mesh Zyklon insertion columns, though it is unknown why
   only three are visible when other sources agree there were four
   columns.  Incidentally, the narrow-gauge railroad in the
   foreground is probably Franke-Gricksch's "special rail line,"
   which deniers claim did not exist until after the report was
   written, e.g.

Note that, to avoid confusion, brackets in Pressac's commentary are
rendered as parentheses in these transcriptions.  Bracketed comments
are Nizkor's, and are marked as such.  Bold print in Pressac is
rendered as _underlined_ only when it is used for emphasis (as opposed
to headings and document names).

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