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  Gas Chamber No. 1
by Paul2001

This is Gas Chamber No. 1, the first gas chamber to be used by the SS to eliminate thousands of Jews, political dissedents and Soviet POWs. The SS used Zyklon B pellets dropped from above onto the unsuspecting prisoners who assumed that they had entered the chamber to shower. Although hundreds of prisoners could be killed this way in a day, the chamber proved to be too small. Therefore other gas chambers were built at Birkenau.
At the time I was rather numbed by the experience of visiting this horrifying room. This is probably because of the combination of being under the weather healthwise and for the fact that they tour of Auschwitz can involve being overloaded with information. After I had this photograph developed, I felt a chill down my spine upon first viewing it and have ever since when I show it to others.

Directions: Located on the western edge of Auschwitz I

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  • Written Apr 27, 2004
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