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No gas chambers ?  Tell that to Lieutenant Commander Jack Taylor of the US Navy
who was captured on an intelligence mission and sent to Mauthausen
concentration camp on April 1, 1945. After the war, he testified as a witness
for the prosecution in UNITED STATES vs. HANS ALTFULDISCH, March 1946.
Mauthausen was a Vernichtungslager or extermination facility. He testified that
GASSINGS took place at 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily in a chamber  accomodating
120 prisoners at a time. He testified that soon after he arrived, 367 Czech
Jews marched through the entrance gate of the camp. They were soon stripped and
led directly into the gas chamber. Later, when their bodies were placed in the
new crematorium where Taylor was on a work detail, he noticed something
unusual. The old emaciated prisoners usually emitted  a pale, yellow smoke.
These younger, healthier victims produced black, oily fumes and flames which
shot from the stack. After liberation, Taylor confiscated the set of 18
Totenbucher, death books. These journals constituted something of a
double-entry system of Mauthausen barbarity. The death books contained the
actual cause of death, whether lethal injection to the heart or gassing.

Or tell this to Alfred Bottoms from England. He and 400 other Brits were
P.O.W.'s in 1944 in Arbeitslager  Monowitz, a sub-camp of Auschwitz. Ask him
about that horrible stench in the air, that stench of burning flesh.   Ask
Arthur Dodd about *his* experiences as a P.O.W. at Monowitz (Auschwitz 3).

Are you going to doubt the word of a US Navy officer ? Or British P.O.W.'s ?
None of whom were Jewish.



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