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Page 155 AUSCHWITZ:
Technique and Operation
of the Gas Chambers
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Photo 25 Photo 25:
[PMO neg. no. 4005]

South / north view of the emplacement of furnace 3. known as the “new furnace”, the only one to have been fitted with a pulsed air blower. Dismantled by the SS. it was not reconstructed afterwards. It’s site must have been covered by a makeshift floor. as the external access door to the former furnace room used as a medical store opened just above it. The metal barrier was installed after the war for the safety of visitors. In the north corner is the stairway leading down to the pit from which the two hearths of the furnace were fired, The excavation at the end of the rails opens on to the flues leading the smoke to the external chimney [cf Topf drawing D 59042 a and h and the author’s reconstruction of the flue system). On the right is the end of the slide trough of the third charging trolly found at the liberation of the camp.
Photo 26.
[Source: PMO]

Southwest / southeast view of the former gas chamber. taken from the location of the washing room that adjoined the original morgue The present foor area of 94m [excluding the air lock at the far end] does not correspond to that of the former morgue / gas chamber, which was 78.2m. At the end is the southeast air lock of the air raid shelter. In the ceiling are openings 1 (left) and 2 (right) [cf photos of the roof of Crematorium I] for the pouring of Zyklon-B, installed after the war. To the is the door communicating with the room. reinstalled about 1 meter from its original position.
Photo 26
Photo 27 Photo 27:
[PMO neg. no. 20693/1]

Southeast / northwest view of part of the former gas chamber. In the middle ground. on the left hand wall and the floor are the traces of one of the dividing walls of the air raid shelter, demolished in order to reconstruct the gas chamber. At the far end is the glazed door leading to the former laying out room, subsequently converted into an operating theatre and now housing the oil-fired cremation furnace of the TRZEBINIA labor camp. The end of the original 78.2m gas chamber was below the third supporting beam counting from that forming part of the present end wall
AUSCHWITZ:
Technique and operation
of the gas chambers

Jean-Claude Pressac
1989, The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation
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