David Olere is known for his Holocaust artworks mixing horror and elements of pornography.
David Olere was supposedly working as one of the sonderkommandos in Krema III.
Besides this, "He saw the so-called medical experiments performed on the weak and the sick and the old. He saw the SS rape and torture young Jewish girls" and "he was forced to work as an illustrator and to write and decorate letters for the SS."
Obviously he was also able to freely wander around the camp area.
hermod wrote:According to the Holocaust narrative, the Jews of the Sonderkommandos lived, ate and slept in the Crematoria (or in separate barracks & blocks) and they were not allowed to leave those places and talk to the other inmates.
Security measures at Birkenau?
When the camp was evacuated, he wasn't (by some miracle I guess) recognized by the SS men and executed as potential witness to
the atrocities perpetrated by the SS. He managed to survive even the death march.
The elevator switching place or at least model
"He was the first to draw the plans and cross-sections of the crematories in order to explain exactly how the Nazis ran their death factory"
In this cross-section made by Olere we can see the text monte-charge des victimes.
(Robert Jan Van Pelt: The Case For Auschwitz, 176.)
Monte-charge translates as goods lift/elevator.
Olere suggests it was elevator for transporting the victims (corpses).
On the other side of his cross-section we can see the SS guards room.
(Robert Jan Van Pelt: The Case For Auschwitz, page 177.)
But in Olere's The Oven Room drawing the elevator is where the SS guards room is supposed to be.
This drawing could be depicting Krema III, like claimed, as it was mirrored version of Krema II.
"A freight elevator in the background brought bodies up from the basement gassing chamber of Crematorium III at Birkenau."
The elevator, however, seems to be much bigger than in his cross-section of Krema II/III and one doorway is missing behind it
and the other next to it.
The elevator supposedly was "300 kg capacity goods hoist used in Krematorium II"
Jean-Claude Pressac: Auschwitz: The Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers, page 488
https://www.historiography-project.com/ ... tz/488.php
His workplace at Krema III or II? Or at all?
(Picture from Pressac: Auschwitz: The Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers)
Krematorium III was built as mirror image of Krema II
and the ovens would have been on the wall facing the railroad tracks. (Chimney side of the building)
Let's assume that Olere actually worked at Krema III.
But for some reason, being a sonderkommando at Krematorium III
he was able to create a cross-section of Krematorium II which is the mirror image of Krema III.
In The Case for Auschwitz, page 176 Van Pelt explains the reason for this: "Olére turned the five triple-muffle ovens
180° so that the muffles are visible."
So it's the mirror image with partly mirrored features, namely the ovens.
Van Pelt seems to be happy with this and thinks it's the cross-section of Krema III.
In this scale model of Krematorium II (on display in the permanent exhibition of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and
at State Museum of Auschwitz) we can see the elevator and the SS room.
Olere made his cross-section drawing in 1946 and it shows
the elevator in the same place as in Mieczyslaw Stobierski's scale model.
The Oven Room drawing was made already in 1945 and this is supposed to be the place where Olere worked
on a daily basis.
After all he made a drawing how SS men were watching the cremation.
In Pressac: Auschwitz: The Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers page 488
it is claimed that the SS room or Capo's room [sic] is in Krematorium III.
"If this scene had taken place in Krematorium II, the furnace doors would have faced left and would have been visible through the right hand side of the window."
https://www.historiography-project.com/ ... tz/488.php
So if Pressac was right, there should be at least one of the outer windows visible in the furnace room
("visible through the right hand side of the [inner] window") as this is supposed to be from mirror image of Krema II.
Olere had drawn windows in The Oven Room.
In Krema II there would have been one window almost next to the left hand side of the SS room window.
SSPŠ Auschwitz Projects model pictures of Krema II:
Olere's The Oven Room drawing is missing the other doorway next to the elevator and doorway behind the elevator.
(I think there is some excuse for it. )
Apparently the mentioned drawing served as some kind of inspiration for this picture:
Exceptional value of Olere's work
"The documentary value of the sketches and paintings of David Olère is tremendous."
https://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/resource ... /olere.htm
His partly mirrored cross-sections, sketches and paintings are not to be trusted as historical documents.
Some of his artwork are contradicting themselves. So much for the tremendous documentary value.
There is still however the shock value of his stalag porn quality horror pictures.
"The work of David Olère has exceptional documentary value."
Yes but not for those who believe his depiction of Holocaust or even his claimed workplace at crematorium.
Everyone should be able to draw his home and/or workplace with decent accuracy without mirroring even parts of it.
But somehow Olere, by his artwork, managed to convince Jean-Claude Pressac and Robert Jan Van Pelt
among others that his depictions are accurate.
More about the appraised sonderkommando artist:
David Olere - resident artist of the Holocaust - oops