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                        Technique and Operation
                            of the Gas Chambers ©
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Photograph [PMO microfilm No 205/44], taken in the Auschwitz Bauhof in 1945, showing clothes hooks and wooden benches taken from the undressing rooms of Krematorien II and III. The bench in the foreground came from round one of the concrete central supporting pillars :and the one behind was from one of the side walls. In the background on the right, a stack of benches from the side walls.     

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   Photograph of the exterior of a gas-tight door [Warsaw Central Commission Archives, ref. 23]  

Warsaw Central Commission Archives photographs refs. 17 (below)and 23 (above) were taken at the Auschwitz “Bauhof” (“builder’s yard” for new and recuperated building materials) and show recto and verso of a gas-tight door which certainly belonged to a homicidal gas chamber in one of the four Birkenau Krematorien. The proof of its criminal use is the presence of a heavy hemispherical grid PROTECTING THE PEEPHOLE ON THE INSIDE.

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Photograph of the interior of a gas-tight door [Warsaw Central Commission Archives, ref. 17]    

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  Detail of the interior of the gas-tight door found in the Bauhof in 1945: the hemispherical grid protecting the inspection peep-hole. [Warsaw Central Commission Archives. ref 40] 
Technique and operation
of the gas chambers

Jean-Claude Pressac
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