BIRKENAU -- KREMAS II, III, IV AND V
Air photo of Birkenau taken May 31st, 1944.
A detailed study of these Kremas resulted in the following information.
II and III were mirror image installations consisting of several morgues
and a crematory of 15 retorts each. The morgues were in the basement and
the crematories on the ground floor. An elevator was utilized for corpse
transport from the morgues to the crematory. The included drawings were
generated from original blueprints obtained at the Auschwitz State Museum
and observations made and measurements taken on location. Construction
was of brick, mortar and concrete.
The investigated areas were the alleged gas chambers designated as
morgue #1 on both drawings. As noted for Krema I, there was no ventilation,
no heating system, no circulation system, no sealant inside or out and
further, no doors on the morgues in Krema II. The area has been examined
by the author and no evidence of doors or door frames has been found. This
investigator could not make this determination for Krema III since portions
of the structure are missing. Both structures had roofs of reinforced concrete
without any apparent openings. Further, reports of hollow gas-carrying
columns are not true. All the columns are solid, reinforced concrete exactly
as indicated in the captured German plans. The roof vents are not gasketed.
These facilities would be very dangerous if used as gas chambers and this
use would probably result in the death of the users and an explosion when
the gas reached the crematory. Each facility had a corpse elevator of 2.1
meters x 1.35 meters. Clearly, this elevator was large enough for only
one (1) body and an attendant.
The alleged gas chamber in each of Kremas II and III had an area of
2500 sq. ft. This would accommodate 278 people based on the 9 square foot
theory. If the chamber were filled with the required HCN gas (0.25 lbs./1000
cu. ft.) and assuming a ceiling height of 8 feet and 20,000 cubic feet
of space, then 5 lbs. of Zyklon B gas would be required. Again, assume
at least one week to vent (as at Krema I). This ventilation time is again
doubtful, but will serve to compute our numbers.
usage rates for Kremas II and III (theoretical and real-time) and alleged
execution gas chamber at maximum capacity are set out in Table
Kremas IV and V were mirror image installations consisting of crematories
of two furnaces with 4 retorts each and numerous rooms utilized as mortuaries,
offices and storage. The interior rooms did not conform to the mirror image.
Some of these rooms were allegedly used as gas chambers. It is impossible
the buildings were razed long ago. No sealant was found anywhere on the
foundation or floor. According to reports, Zyklon B gas pellets were allegedly
thrown through wall ports which are now non-existent. if the plans of the
building are correct, these facilities likewise were not gas chambers,
for the same reasons iterated earlier for Kremas I, II, and III. Construction
was apparently red brick and mortar with a concrete floor and no basement.
It should be noted that the existence of cremation and execution facilities
at Kremas IV and V is unsubstantiated.
Based upon statistics, obtained from the Auschwitz State Museum and
measurements made at the site, for Kremas IV and V relative to the alleged
gas areas, and assuming a ceiling height of 8 feet, the computed statistics
are as follows:
1875 sq. ft.; will hold 209 people. 15,000 cu. ft. will
use 3.75 lbs. of Zyklon B gas at 0.25 lbs./1000 cu. ft.
5125 sq. ft.; will hold 570 people. 41,000 cu. ft. will use 10.25 lbs.
of Zyklon B gas at 0.25 lbs./1000 cu. ft.
Computed alleged usage rates for Kremas IV and V (theoretical and real-time)
and gas chamber at maximum capacity and 1 week ventilation time are set
out in Table VI
The Red and White houses, otherwise designated as Bunker I and II,
were alleged to be gas chambers only, and there are no estimates available
or statistics on the buildings.
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