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Railroad Delousing at the Russo-Polish Border

Postby Friedrich Paul Berg » 9 years 6 months ago (Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:16 pm)

The following linked essays explain what was really happening in German-occupied Eastern Europe far better than all of the “holocaust” literature put together: E. W. Goodall (1920)http://nazigassings.com/PDFs/TyphusFeverinPoland.pdf, Melville D. Mackenzie (1942) http://www.nazigassings.com/PDFs/Typhus ... mChina.pdf, J. C. Snyder (1947)http://www.nazigassings.com/PDFs/TyphusinWW2.pdf, K. David Patterson (1993) http://nazigassings.com/PDFs/TyphusinRussia.pdf.

From 1924, we now have a good insight into what must have really been happening at the so-called Aktion Reinhardt camps (Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor) where nearly 2 million Jews were supposedly murdered by the Nazis with diesel exhaust during WW2. Revisionists have long insisted that these camps were nothing more than “transit” camps for processing and delousing Jews and others prior to continuing their journeys to the East. The railroad cars had to be cleaned up also for the delousing of the passengers to make any sense. Simply letting clean passengers re-board railroad cars which were still infested with lice and other vermin would have undermined the entire exercise.

An essay by P. G. Stockin Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine http://www.nazigassings.com/PDFs/CyanideDelousatRussoPolish.pdf tells us on pages 26 and 27 that:

The method [fumigation with hydrogen cyanide] has been used to a large extent, and with successful results, for the destruction of lice in clothing, in baggage and in railway carriages on the Russo-Polish border. In 1920 the local authorities in Warsaw constructed a chamber or tunnel which could be hermetically closed, large enough to contain several railroad cars (fig. 17). The cyanide for the fumigation is obtained from poison gas shells which were left in Poland in 1915. After fumigation the gas is withdrawn from the chamber by means of fans and passed through a stove where it is burnt. (Fans of Faurisson and Leuchter should note that these gas chambers did NOT simply explode.)
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At nearly all quarantine stations on the Russo-Polish frontier there is a cyanide chamber which, it is claimed, has given more satisfactory results than the other methods formerly in use. The process is not considered to be expensive, and all baggage, clothing, bedding, &c., of refugees has been treated in this way.

Cyanide chambers are also used at the Quarantine Station, New York.


The primary facility within the Quarantine Station complex in NY harbor was Ellis Island. It should be obvious that railroad cars can be fumigated almost as easily with people trapped within them as when the cars are empty. Please see the discussion of Nazi railroad delousing tunnels http://www.nazigassings.com/Railroad.html and take the “Sanity Test." http://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5864

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Re: Railroad Delousing at the Russo-Polish Border

Postby Friedrich Paul Berg » 9 years 6 months ago (Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:27 pm)

From MacKenzie, Melville D. 1941. Some Practical Considerations in the Control of Louse-borne
Typhus Fever in Great Britain in the Light of Experience in Russia, Poland, Rumania and China.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine
pp. 12-16 http://www.nazigassings.com/PDFs/TyphusRussPolRumChina.pdf, we have the following:
ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES OF CONTROL OF WIDESPREAD EPIDEMICS

Though the measures taken are not likely to be applicable to Great Britain it may be
of interest to outline the broader administrative steps we took when dealing with widespread
epidemics of typhus fever.

The personnel of a number of units was established, including doctors, nurses, and
subordinate medical auxiliaries. All were young and all were protected by the use
of special clothing. Arrangements were made for the regular disinfestation of the
garments and for bathing the personnel. The stores required included portable baths
and showers, fuel for heating water, soap, hair clippers and scissors, nail brushes, towels,
&c., in addition to as good rations as it was possible to obtain. Units were sent into the
various regions and were administered centrally in Poland from Warsaw, in Russia from
Moscow and Kuibyshev, and, two years ago, in China from Chungking and Sian.

The next step was to put a cordon round healthy areas, with the aid of the military
and barbed wire, to prevent the ingress of infected refugees. This was in manv cases done
locally, though eventually a cordon had to be established right across Europe, from North
Poland to Rumania. Refugees were only allowed to enter this "clean" zone at certain
points established on the roads and railways. Patrols watched the open countrv and
brought stragglers into the disinfesting points. At each such point were arrangements
for bathing and disinfestation, and all persons passing the cordon were thoroughly
"de-loused " with their belongings. The size of the work mav be gathered from the fact
that at one centre alone Baranowice, on the Polish-Russian frontier in 1921 we were for
a long time disinfesting each day 10,000 refugees returning to Poland from Russia. The
method of disinfestation varied according to the country and the apparatus available.
In Poland, steam and cyanide were often used, the latter being employed on an extensive
scale on the frontiers. At Baranowice, where the refugees arrived chiefly by train, a
tunnel was built, into which hydrocyanic gas could be introduced. On the arrival of each
train, all the passengers were given a blanket and told to strip, leaving their garments
and all their belongings on the train. Each person was then bathed in hot water with
soft soap and paraffin, while the train was backed into the tunnel, the engine uncoupled,
and cyanide gas liberated in the tunnel. When the bathing of the refugees was completed,
the train was pulled out of the tunnel by means of a rope attached to a locomotive
and was allowed to air. In due course the passengers dressed, gave up their blankets,
and continued on their journey.
In Mesopotamia, we used a locomotive with waggons
attached, into which steam, first saturated and superheated, could be passed. The train
included accommodation for personnel and thus constituted a unit which could be moved
to any point where typhus broke out.

In Russia, we utilized the Russian baths, with which every village is equipped. These
are log huts in which fires are made tinder heaps of stones, which are thus heated
to a high temperature. Buckets of water are thrown on1 the stones, the water immediatelv
evaporating into clouds of steam. The population was first bathed and de-loused in
the bath, and then the amount of heat and steam were increased so as to deal with the
bedding and clothing. Subsequently, no further water was thrown on the stones, and the
heat of the hut was allowed to dry out the material.

For furs, which are very readily infested with lice and which do not lend themselves
to the ordinary methods of disinfestation, crude naphthalene was used. A large box or
chest was constructed at the entrance to the house and half-filled with crude naphthalene.
Into this all furs and outer garments were dropped on entry to the house and left there
until the following morning. I should mention that in winter in a cold country it is,
of course, sufficient to hang one's garments in the open for the night for every louse
to be destroyed. Whether the nits survive or not depends on the degree of cold, but
there is in any case no evidence that these can transmit the disease.

In China, where padded garments have to a great extent superseded furs, brick ovens
were used. These could be built rapidly in large numbers of local unburnt brick, and were
heated with wood fuel or oil. The material for disinfestation was introduced and left for
half an hour, care being taken to hang the bedding and clothing so that complete circulation
of the hot air was provided for. Ironing was found very useful on a wide scale in
Russia, households being supplied with a flat iron and instructions how to use it for the
destruction of lice. Other improvised methods of dealing with lice were also employed;
e.g. the Serbian barrel, sack disinfectors, &c., but these have two great drawbacks; firstly
it is difficult to employ them on a really big scale, and secondly the fact that the garments
emerge wet is a very great disadvantage, especially in a country where all moisture at
once freezes hard. A further immediate measure was the acquisition and equipping of
houses as hospitals for the sick, including the provision of medical stores, food, &c.,
and ambulance facilities.

On arrival in an area, we at once took steps to improve the nutritional conditions
existing amongst the population. With tvphus, especially if combined with malaria,
a vicious circle is established. In the spring, the existence of these two diseases interferes
with the proper sowing of the crops, with the result that the harvest is correspondingly
decreased and malnutrition is increased, resulting in more typhus in the following winter
and spring. This results in still less sowing during the spring and consequently more
malnutrition in the following winter. To break this circle the first step was to import
and issue food, and at one time over 5,000,000 were being fed dailv. Concurrently, we
imported large numbers of tractors, which, in lines of 30 each ploughing furrows
3 miles long, worked throughout the twenty-four hours, running at night bv the aid of
headlights. Seed corn from abroad and thousands of horses from Central Asia were
imported at the same time, and within two years the nutritional condition of the population
was completely altered and typhus rapidly fell to its endemic normal. This was
a good example of the rapidity with which epidemic typhus in an endemic area reacts
to improved conditions of life.

CONTROL OF TYPHUS IN GREAT BRITAIN

The lessons to be learned from these notes regarding control of typhus in Great Britain
may be conveniently summarized as follows:
(1) All experience tragically demonstrates the great danger to which personnel working
amongst typhus patients are exposed, and consequently the need for the most careful
personal supervision of their activities by the medical officer in charge. The most dangerous
part of the work is the search for cases, the work in the admission block of a
typhus hospital, the removal and disinfestation of the bedding, and also, unless careful
precautions are taken, the collection of blood for the Weil-Felix reaction. In view of
the lower mortality at earlier ages, only young personnel should be utilized. In the
various anti-typhus units with which I have worked I would never include anyone over
40, and, where possible, only personnel under 30 were employed. No vaccine has yet
been shown to protect workers under field conditions, so that in the meantime reliance
should not be placed on immunization, as this may lead to relaxation of established
methods of protection. The hair of all personnel working with typhus cases should
be cut short and if possible shaved, including hair on the body. Protective clothing must
invariably be worn, and a suitable garment for this purpose is described in the recent
memorandum of the Ministry of Health on louse-borne typhus fever (Memo 252/1\MED).
I would emphasize that protective clothing should not be worn for more than two or
three hours without changing. In practice it is remarkable how rapidly a louse deposited
on the uncongenial surface of cloth crawls about until it finds an aperture at the face
or wrists, through which it can gain access to the warmth and sustenance provided by
the naked flesh.

Opinion is divided as to the necessity for using masks, but they should certainly
be worn in any work in which the disturbance of dust may be involved, in view of the
known high infectivity of the dried faeces of lice. If masks are worn, they should either
cover the eyes, or be supplemented by goggles, as infection can occur through dried
faecal material falling on the- conjunctiva. Gloves, coming well up the forearm, must,
of course, be worn. Rubber gloves are the best, as they not only fit more closely on
the forearm but they also allow of the finer manipulation required in the examination of
the patient and the shaving, &c. during his disinfestation. While rubber gloves are
the most suitable from many points of view, the ease with which they are torn constitutes
in the field a grave drawback. For ambulance drivers, sanitary inspectors, disinfestors,
&c., closely woven cloth gloves with a snugly fitting gauntlet are suitable. With
cloth gloves, however, it is in practice difficult to avoid the formation of folds between
the gauntlet and the sleeve of the garment; down which lice can crawl if the outfit is
worn for any considerable length of time. Gumboots or goloshes are the most useful
footwear. It is worth mentioning for the benefit of any who may be called upon to
actually work and live in a heavily infected typhus area after the war, that when it is
necessary to sleep in squalid peasants' houses, infested railway trains, &c., a special type
of sleeping bag will be found to greatly lessen chance of infection. Such a bag, which I
designed for use in Poland and Russia, was made of closely woven cotton material, about
10-12 ft. long, drawn up at the end with a circular tape which could be fastened up from
the inside. Over the face were two thicknesses of gauze supported by a light metal frame.
The whole bag could be boiled, and forming, as it did, complete protection from the
inroads of all insects-bugs, fleas and lice-enabled one to enjoy a quiet night in comparative
security.

Secondly, I would stress the rapidity with which the disease spreads, and the difficulty
of tracing "contacts" in practice. In connexion with the word "contacts" there is, no
analogy among the diseases occurring in Great Britain to the period of infectivity of an
individual who subsequently develops typhus 'fever. A "contact" is generally taken
to cover any person exposed to infection from a patient during the time he is ill. In the
case of typhus, however, the individual harbouring infected lice is capable of spreading
infection from the day on which he acquires the disease to the time when he is diagnosed
and disinfested, i.e. during the whole of the incubation period. The number of infected
lice on an individual is, of course, far greater during the time he is actually suffering
from the disease, but the incubation period cannot be overlooked from an epidemiological
point of view. In this paper, therefore, the word "contacts" is used in a much wider
sense than ordinarily. The incubation period may' be taken as twelve to fourteen days,
and after this there is a period of four to five days before the rash develops so that, even
if the disease is diagnosed at the earliest possible moment (which is exceptional in sporadic
cases), there is a period of sixteen to seventeen days during which the patient has been
making "contacts." If, as is common in sporadic outbreaks, the disease is first recognized
when the secondary cases occur, it can well be pictured how impossible it is to
identify all the "contacts". We are, therefore, often driven to the possibility of dealing
only with the very immediate "contacts"---the family, fellow workers, &c., whereas
the most remote "contacts" are much the more numerous and are largely unknown.
It is for this reason that L am strongly of opinion that 'the reduction of lice amongst
the population generally is as important as the tracing and disinfestation of more
remote "contacts."

A further point that should be' mentioned is that the mechanical transference of the
louse is, I believe, much the commonest method of infection. A louse probably rarely
voluntarily leaves an individual in cold weather except when he has a high temperature
or is dead. Mechanically, however, lice are transferred in a number of ways. They may,
of course, be shaken from the individual on to his pillow and sheets or, when he is
undressing, on to the carpet and chairs of the bedroom. They can also be shed as
their host walks or sits down, so that shop floors, railway compartments, &c., and particularly
the walls and flooring of public markets become sources of infection. Perhaps
one of the commonest methods of transference is rubbing shoulders in a crowd. This
was certainly the case in Poland and Russia, where men visiting the market to purchase
food for our Units almost invariably returned with one or more lice upon them. In a
typhus area, it is remarkable how chary people are of entering a crowd and how everyone
in walking takes the greatest care not to touch any passer-by. This is a very
important precaution, as a number of our personnel, not connected with typhus work,
almost certainly acquired their attack of the disease from individual lice brushed off
from passers-by in walking along a crowded street. Single lice can, of course, transmit
the disease and an interesting fact is that many individuals in our Units, including
myself, who developed typhus or relapsing fever never knew that they had had a louse
upon them. It is doubtful whether infection occurs by regurgitation as in the case of
the plague flea, and the ordinary method of infection is by self-inoculation---the individual
scratching the bite and so crushing the louse and rubbing in the contents of its intestinal
canal.

I have emphasized earlier how directly epidemics of typhus, even in endemic areas,
are associated with malnutrition, and a point of great practical importance is the rapidity
with which a widespread outbreak wanes in the face of improved nutritional and economic
standards in the population generally. Once the disease is established in a community,
even on a small scale, steps should at once be taken to combat this important epidemiological
factor.

It is clear that, as the disease can readily be carried by a single louse, disinfestation
of the patient, the "contacts", the premises, the ambulance, and the personnel employed
must be absolutely complete, and must therefore be done under the direct supervision of
a medical officer. Not only must this officer assure himself beforehand that the disinfecting
machine to be used is effective, but during disinfestation he must make certain that
the apparatus is being correctly used. We all know the temptation, for instance, there is
to use little or no saturated steam and an abundance of superheated steam, or to bundle
blankets together for hot-air disinfection in order to save time.

It is essential to reserve an ambulance for typhus cases and the vehicle which is
chosen should be one which lends itself to complete cleansing of the interior and which
affords no harbourage to insects. The patient, prior to removal, should be completely
enveloped in an extra long sheet and lifted on to the stretcher so that any lice shaken
off in the process are caught in the wrapping.

I need not enter into all the details of the disinfestation of cases on arrival at hospital
prior to admission to a ward, as these will suggest themselves in the light of my remarks
with reference to the danger of the transference of the disease to personnel. There are,
however, three important points: First, every hospital intended for typhus cases should
be provided before hand with a properly equipped admission block and a disinfecting
apparatus and should be staffed by young personnel trained-in thorough disinfestation.
Second, in addition to the destruction of the lice, the greatest care should be taken to,
ensure that all nits are also dealt with. The blood of a typhus patient is highly infectious
for the two weeks of illness, and a nit which has been overlooked may hatch out, feed on
the patient, and eventually cause the disease in the nurse. For this reason it has been
recommended that all patients should undergo a second disinfestation a week after they
have been admitted to hospital. Third, it is useless to place any reliance on disinfectants
in the 'bath given to the patient, as it is impossible to utilize a sufficiently strong solution
of an ordinary disinfectant to ensure the death of the insect in the relatively short time
in which it is exposed. The removal of the lice by bathing in mechanical and ordinary
soap, possibly soft soap mixed with paraffin, is sufficient if conscientiously applied with
a nail brush after the patient has been shaved.

The identification of the "contacts" of a case of typhus offers very considerable difficulty
and indeed, as mentioned above, it is difficult to define what actually constitutes a
"contact" from the point of view of disinfestation. In the case of immediate " contacts "
-members of the same family, co-workers, &c.-the most thorough disinfestation must of
course be carried out.



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Re: Railroad Delousing at the Russo-Polish Border

Postby Friedrich Paul Berg » 9 years 4 months ago (Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:53 pm)

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The above advertisement (click to enlarge) was placed by DEGESCH on the cover of the1939 issues of Anzeiger für Schädlingskunde, a German technical journal for pest control. The advertisement begins with words saying “We are blocking the entry of destructive insects.” Superimposed on a map of Germany one can clearly see three large railroad delousing tunnels The purpose was to save lives—but the same technology could have certainly been used to kill Jews trapped inside locked cattle cars.

The advertisement by DEGESCH is grossly mistranslated and misused by David Dorado Romo in his book Ringside Seat to a Revolution, (2005) page 242 where Romo falsely claims the ad says: "To repulse this threat, disinfection camps should be erected at every border crossing.'' The ad makes absolutely NO mention of, or suggestion about, erecting “disinfection camps” anywhere. Romo was obviously concocting a sinister but utterly false connection to “concentration camps”and alleged “extermination camps.” That would have made some sense if the Nazis had been interested in exterminating people—but it is a connection they never made. No one has even claimed that railroad delousing tunnels were used for mass murder although they certainly would have been ideal technically for such a purpose. That railroad delousing tunnels existed in many strategic locations in Europe, and would have been well known to people who had simply seen the pictorial advertisements for cyanide delousing actually undermines the holocaust gassing claims in general. Instead of mass murder in large, superbly designed, cyanide gas chambers (such as the railroad delousing tunnels), we are obliged to believe the Nazis and SS murdered people with Zyklon-B in makeshift gas chambers which could not possibly have worked as alleged.

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