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The story of the "gas chamber" at Dachau has resurfaced again (who 
speaks of a recurring thread here at wonderful alt.revisionism?)'s Mr. Porter on the Dachau "chamber."


By Carlos W. Porter

We are all familiar with an instrument called the kaleidoscope,
in which loose bits of glass are reflected by plane mirrors showing
each bit of glass in 6 places at once, creating the illusion of
a symmetrical design.

A similar phenomenon occurs in "War Crimes Trials,"
in which gas chambers are shown in 3 different places at once,
and anywhere from 1 to 6 in number, creating the illusion of a
Common Design (sometimes referred to as a Common Plan) for the
extermination of human beings.

An example of this illusion is the Gas Chamber at Dachau, which
appeared in April of 1945, disappeared from Dachau by November
of that year, only to reappear at Nuremberg in December,after
which it disappeared from Nuremberg and only entered the scene
again as "proven fact" in the trial of Oswald Pohl in
1947 (along with the steam chambers of Treblinka).

The following is, I believe, a complete list of pretrial exhibits
mentioning this "gas chamber", which was to be "proven"
in the First Dachau Trial (trial of Martin Gottfried Weiss). The
gas chamber accusation was dropped before trial. It is apparent
that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers knew before November 15,
1945, that no gas chamber could function in the manner described,
and that other stories of gas chambers functioning in a similar
manner were not true. Yet a decision was made to continue this
accusation in other trials for political reasons.

(Microfilm pages 00005052):

Report of the Atrocities Committed at Dachau Concentration Camp.
Vol. 1. War Crimes Investigation Team No. 6823. Signed by David
Chavez Jr. Colonel, JAGD, 7 May 1945.

(Microfilm pages 0000713):

Exhibit F photograph of gas panel.

"S3 photograph of gas chamber

V2 plan of water and gas installations

V10 shower nozzle removed from gas chamber

V11 label removed from cans (Zyklon) found in or near gas chamber

Page 25 of "Chavez Report", 00089 of microfilm pages:
"The new building had a gas chamber for executions... the
gas chamber was labelled "shower room" over the entrance
and was a large room with airtight doors and double glassed lights,
sealed and gas proof. The ceiling was studded with dummy shower
heads. A small observation peephole, double glassed and 
sealed was used to observe the conditions of the victims. There
were grates in the floor. Hydrogen cyanide was mixed in the room
below, and rose into the gas chamber and out the top vents. 

Dr. Blaha witnessed the first test of the gas chamber in the new
crematorium in early 1944, and examined the 7 victims used. Two
were killed in the first test, an experiment to determine the
amount of gas needed to kill a person (Exhibit 5).

"Weight of general testimony shows that the gas chamber was
developed successfully to get the desired results. Witness after
witness mentions seeing living persons herded into the crematorium
and never being seen again. When the chamber was not used it was
because of the shortage of the materials to make the gas, the
same reason for not using the crematorium continually, and 
no change of heart on the part of the SS in charge. No witness
can testify as an eye witness to an execution by gas except Dr.
Blaha, because the crematorium and gas chamber was made up of
condemned prisoners who lived in the crematorium yard and once
in there, never left the area alive. Men picked for such duty
knew that they were to be killed as persons too dangerous to the
SS as possible future witnesses".

(Col. Chavez testified at trial on November 15, 1945, and made
no mention of any gas chamber. There is no mention of any gas
chamber in the testimony of Col. Lawrence Ball, another 
government expert witness. There is no mention of any gas chamber
in the prosecution opening statement, summation, or judgement.
No mention in the defence summations. No mention in the testimony,
except for a few sentences in the testimony of Dr. Blaha. Not
one of the forty defendants was asked a single question concerning
any gas chamber. Dr. Blaha testified twice. In his second 
as witness during prosecution "rebuttal", he also makes
no mention of any gas chamber. The Chavez report was rewritten
and introduced into evidence at Nuremberg as "proven fact",
even though it was known to be untrue. (Documents 159L, 2430PS).

The existence of a gas chamber at Dachau was not upheld in the
judgement at Nuremberg.

Page 56 of this same report, the "Chavez Report" (000120
of the microfilm pages, reel 1, M1174, National Archives):

"This new building also contained a gas chamber for execution...
the gas chamber was labelled "shower room". The first
test of a gas chamber was in 1944, when prisoners were used to
determine the amount of gas required to kill a person".

000132: "(Diagrams) drawing of piping section above chamber,
ventilator, galvanized piping, open into gas chamber. Insulated
piping. Gas chamber... gas chamber. Dachau prison camp.

000133: "Grill covered inlets. Hinged door. Water (?) drains.
Gas chamber. Dachau prison camp".

000134: "Vents. Ceiling. Gas Chamber. Dachau prison camp.
Shower heads flush with ceiling".

000135: (Diagram) Gas Chamber. Gas tight doors. Wooden shed 
to contain pump or compressor (?). Piping system above chamber
ceiling, dimensions of chamber 24' x 18' x 6'. Chamber constructed
of smooth, paleyellow brick like refractory brick, with small
cement joints. Elevation. Gas chamber. Dachau prison camp".

PreTrial Witness Interrogations and Other Exhibits. 

000199: "In February 1945, 65 Jewish children... arrived
in the camp..; the children started crying and said: Please don't
put us into the gas chamber. When we replied there was no such
thing as a gas chamber, they said: oh yes, our parents told us
that we were going into another camp and that we would be put
into a gas chamber. We repeated there was no such thing, but they
answered: oh yes, oh yes, our father or mother, or uncle or cousin,
... were put into the gas chamber because they were Jews. The
children were kept in the camp for 2 or 3 weeks and were sent
to the extermination camp in Auschwitz. Even old and hardened
prisoners who had witnessed great inhuman treatment were deeply
moved by the sight of the children".

000204: "There was no gas chamber in the camp in working
order (!). A gas chamber was being built in the crematorium and
in January 1945, work was going on at a high speed. The chamber was
soon completed except for the gas boiler (?). A railway worker
who had to go in and out of the camp told me that a boiler had
arrived at the Ostbanhof, Munich, from Auschwitz. But this boiler,
together with many gas cylinders had been destroyed in an air

000212: "The years 1940/43 seem to have been the worst period
in Dachau and other similar camps. I was told by eyewitnesses
of the mass extermination of Jews who were sent in a gas chamber
500 at a time..." report on Prison Camp conditions dictated
by Captain P.M. Martinot, 23 May, 1945.

000248: "Another specific provision was for a crematorium
of four ovens and one gas chamber (called "desinfection chamber")
(!). I do not know whether this camp was ever built".

000250: "The most important building projects which were
planned and executed during my presence were as follows:... one
crematorium called "Barracke X" in the concentration
camp at Dachau, containing six individual gas chambers (!) and
2 combustion ovens".

000277: "The Polish priests were compelled to build the well-known
crematory and gas chambers (plural)... they were dragged by their
legs to the chambers of death..."

000379: "Source said he visited a building that was designated
as a shower room, but which in reality was a gas chamber".

000417: "The following Signal Corps photos are contained
in 1222614 and have been retained in the War Crimes Office in
Washington D.C. Gas Chambers (plural)".

000420: Photo of soldier in front of door reading "Gaszeit:
(illegible) Vorsicht! Gas! Lebensgefahr! Nicht `ffnen!... Dachau
Atrocity Camp: Gas Chambers (plural), conveniently located to
the crematory, are examined by a 7th Army soldier. These are part
of the horror chambers used by the Nazis before the 7th Army 
the camp.

000445: "The following Signal Corps photos are contained
in 12226 and have been retained in the War Crimes Office in 
D.C.... (Gas Chamber)" (singular).

000455: "Photo... Yank examines fake showerhead in the gas
chamber (singular) at the Dachau Concentration Camp. Located in
the crematory, unknowing prisoners were brought into the shower
room marked "showers". here they were stripped and after
the door was closed, they were gassed".

000485: "Here also, there were gas chambers (plural) camouflaged
as "showers" into which prisoners were herded under
the pretext of bathing and the huge crematory ovens".

000486: "Inside as well as outside (?) were gas chambers
(plural) with adjacent crematory ovens... almost 100 naked bodies
were stacked neatly in the barren room with cement floors. They
had come from a room on the left marked "Brausehad"
for "shower bath". It really was a gas chamber (singular)
a low ceilinged room about 30 feet square. After 15 or 20 were
inside, the doors were firmly sealed and the faucets turned on
and poison gas issued (!). Then the bodies were hauled into a
room separating the gas chamber from the crematorium. There were
four huge ovens with a huge flue leading to a smokeblackened 

000489: "The troops also discovered gas chambers, torture
chambers and ovens".

000496: "We saw the original gas chambers, four huge cells
(!) into which victims apparently were crowded and put to death.
Later on this method was improved by construction of a large chamber
with a jet in the ceiling, similar to showerbath sprinklers. The
prisoners undressed in a room, where a man sat, with flowers on
his desk, who gave them soap and a towel. Herded into the shower
room, the gas was turned on while the operator watched its effect
through a telescopic peephole".

000497: "Gas chamber executions".

000506: "Here one can see for oneself the lethal chamber
where the people the Nazis doomed were gassed. It has imitation
shower baths, installations with dummy sprinklers set in a pipeless
ceiling (!), and gratings looking like water drains in the floor
through which gas was sent" (So did it come through the floor
or through the ceiling?).

000508: "Shower rooms' (plural again) where gas was poured
(!) into chambers.

000509: "Jarolin (deputy camp commander at Dachau, defendant
in Trial of Martin Gottfried Weiss)... said he thought they had
gone to the gas chamber".

000513: "Gas chamber deaths at Belsen.

It was admitted by the prosecution that many inmates were mentally
ill, had lost their minds, or were wandering around in a mental
daze, yet their statements were accepted as "fact",
no matter how contradictory. It was also admitted that Dachau
had 6 hospitals and that 15,000 people died of disease in the
last few months, and that emaciation is a symptom of dysentery.
Defendants were convicted of "aiding and abetting in a common
design", even if no accusations were made against them by
inmates (case of Gretsch and Schoepp).

                                   Richard Widmann

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