Revisionists such as Arthur Butz and Samuel Crowell claim that the two large rectangular rooms of the Birkenau Kremas were not :
1) An “undressing room” where Jews took off their clothes for the last time, before going into
2) The homicidal gas chamber room, where fake shower heads were installed to trick Jews right before Nazis dropped the cyanide insecticide Zyklon B through openings on the roof.
But were actually similar to existing British WW2 gas decontamination / air raid shelters. Real, working showers were likely installed here as well - not the "fake" shower heads claimed by Holocaust promoters. They were -
1) An undressing room used for removal of decontaminated clothing in case of poison gas attack.
2) An air tight gas shelter, where people went for protection from poison gas after decontamination.
A British WW 2 Gas Cleansing Center -
RAF Charterhall – Gas Cleansing Centre – North Wall Signage
I have read both sides of the dispute between Carlo Mattogno and Samuel Crowell. I believe Crowell wins, and more and more evidence will come out to prove Crowell and the air raid / gas decontamination thesis correct.
One of the points Mattogno tries to make, sounding more like a Holocaust believer than someone with an alternate revisionist theory from Crowell, (because as Crowell points out, Mattogno’s alternate theory would have the same problem) is that a morgue couldn’t possibly be used as an air raid gas decontamination shelter. Imagine the living people and corpses in the same room!
From a practical standpoint, since Leichenkeller 1 and 2 were still two distinct morgue chambers containing corpses (p. 239) of which there were many as is known, the Crowell hypothesis would mean that sudden air raids inevitably resulted in live persons finding themselves together with corpses. It would not have been an inviting prospect to be enclosed for hours inside a gas-tight chamber with miasmic or infected corpses!
Here’s Crowell’s response -
ARGUMENT #11 Mattogno argues that the presence of corpses would make the use of these spaces as air raid shelters impossible.
COMMENT: If the presence of corpses would make the use of these spaces unsatisfactory for air raid shelters, the presence of corpses would make the use of these spaces equally unsatisfactory for sanitizing incoming inmates as Mattogno will ultimately argue. However, Mattogno ignores survivor evidence that indicates that prisoners were indeed taken to basements during air raids and moreover, according to Nyiszli, directly to the morgue in question. Indeed, Nyiszli specifies that the crematorium II Sonderkommando, 200 strong, took refuge in the “gas chamber” during air raids.
I believe Crowell is right, and here’s some modern evidence which supports the gas decontamination / gas shelter theory -
The American OSHA ( The Occupational Safety & Health Administration) wrote the following in their 1997 publication Hospitals and Community Emergency Response – What You Need to Know -
Although areas dedicated solely to decontamination need not be set aside, hospitals need to take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of contamination to other areas within the hospital. Decontamination should be performed in areas of the facility that will minimize any exposures to uncontaminated employees, other patients, or equipment. Morgues are often used as decontamination rooms because of the preexisting drainage and ventilation system. Morgues often have ventilation isolation to prevent mixing of airflow with other area systems.
Morgues were and still are perfectly suited to double as gas decontamination (undressing) rooms.
Mattogno assumed that common sense dictates that it would be absurd for morgues to double as gas decontamination / gas shelters for living people, but he was wrong, and Crowell is right. Even Hospitals, places we think to be one of the most sterile places around, "often" use their morgues as decontamination rooms in the case of a gas attack.
Morgues were used for this purpose during World War II, in Auschwitz / Birkenau, and "OFTEN" in modern morgues even today!
A gas decontamination / gas shelter in Britain with gas tight doors, labelled undressing room -
http://www.holocaustdenier.com/undressi ... aust-hoax/