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Article: 55980 of alt.revisionism
From: (Mark Van Alstine)
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In article , (Ole
Kreiberg) wrote:

> In the operation manual for Zyklon by DEGESH you can read the following: 
>  The chief operator must so arrange everyone's part in the opereation that
>  it will not take more than 30 minutes in all [the spreading of Zyklon B]. 
>  This applies especially to very warm climates. HCN develops more quickly at 
>  a high temperature. This important fact should always be kept in mind....
>  Ventilation
>  Depending on concentration, outdoor temperature and weather conditions,
>  ventilation will take at least 10 hours. Its duration also depends on the
>  type of building, number, size, and situation of windows and other 
>  apertures.

And? What relevence is this supposed to have? The fumigations described,
for instance, by NI-9912, pertain mainly to residential and other
dwellings that contained rooms, cabinets, closets, furniture, bedding,
etc.. This is a far cry from the bare concrete gas chambers of Kremas II
and III that were mechanically ventilated. 

A couple of more relevent examples might be worth noting instead:

"Zyklon B had been introduced in Auschwitz in July 1940, when it was used
to fumigate the Polish barracks which, according to Ho"ss, 'teemed with
lice, fleas, and other bugs.' Later that year Schlachter created primitive
gas chambers in block 26, and some months thereafter in block 3, to
fumigate the prisoners' clothing; existing rooms were sealed and powerful
fans instaled. The Polish inmate Andrzej Rablin operated the facility in
block 3.

   "We recieved the Zyklon-B from Kapo Mau, a German, who was the only
    one to have the key to the store. Bezucha, another prisoner, and I
    did the gassing. We put on our gas masks and went in the room naked
    or wearing underpants. We did that because of the lice. There were
    very many lice in the clothes. Sometimes, filling the chamber with
    clothes took as much as two days. The lice fell on the floor and
    formed a layer about 50 cm across under the clothes. When we went
    to spread the gas, the lice jumped on us and the layers dissapeared
    very fast.... After throwing the crystals we went out, closed the door
    and stuck strips od paper over the gaps. Twenty four hours later, we
    put our gas masks on again, the extractor fans were switched on and
    [we went in and] we opened the windows. The ventilation continued
    for two hours.

"Effective as the procedure was, the camp authorities found it
irritatingly inefficient. Too much Zyklon B was needed and it took too
long to exterminate the lice. The Degesch engineers addressed this problem
in an article they sent to the building office in July 1941. They
reccommended the installation of many small heatable gas chambers designed
to be used with the standard 200-gram tin of Zyklon B. Heating the space
to over thirty degrees centigrade helped the gas to evaporate from the
grains quickly and completely, and shortened the exposure time needed to
kill the lice to one hour. A sophisticated ventilation system not only
ensured the rapid penetration of all the garments wit prussic acid but
also permitted the clothes to be worn safely fifteen minutes after
fumigation.... (_Auschwitz: 1220 to the present_; pp. 219-221.) 

In the crude delousing chamber of block 3 the ventilation time was two
hours. In the more sophisticated delousing chamber it was fifteen minutes.
In the large homicidal gas chambers of Kremas II and III it was twenty



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