Gas Chambers on German Soil

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My inquiry deals with the subject of gas chambers. I have read and always believed that the gas chambers were exclusively to be found in Eastern Europe (Poland) due to the large concentration of Jews found there. However, on occasion I have found some writings suggesting that a gas chamber was in Dachau? This was found in an early Army document from right after the war. Was this correct or just part of the old T-4 experiments? This has been somewhat confusing, please give me some further insight.

Harry W. Mazal OBE answers:

I am one of the persons who responds to questions addressed to the Holocaust History Project. It is possible that other members of our organization will also reply.

You might want to read my article on the Dachau gas chambers that appears on our site:

http://www.holocaust-history.org/dachau-gas-chambers/

As far as I know, there have been no newer developments on this subject since the article was published.

There were small gassing facilities in Hartheim Castle, Mauthausen, Stutthoff. and other sites.

For an excellent overview of the concentration camps where killing facilities existed you might want to find the following book in your local library:

Hitler's Death Camps
Konnilyn G. Feig
© 1981, Holmes & Meier (New York}
ISBN 0-8419-0675-0

For an in-depth study of the use of poison gas for the killing of civilians, please see:

Nazi Mass Murder
Eugen Kogon, Hermann Langbein and Adalbert Rueckerl
© 1993, Yale Univesity Press (New Haven)
ISBN 0-300-05441-6

Yours sincerely,

Harry W. Mazal OBE

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