No Footage of Krema II and III in the Soviet 1945 documentary “The Liberation of Auschwitz”
Immediately after the liberation of Auschwitz, the Soviets sent a film crew in to make an extensive newsreel documentary. This documentary was later shown at the Nuremberg Trials. In the last few years it has been released on DVD (and can be downloaded in various places on the Internet by googling the terms “The Liberation of Auschwitz” avi). Curiously, although there was extensive coverage of clearing away the ruins of Krema V, it appears on first viewing to contain no images of Krema II and III (allegedly the main gassing facilities) or Krema IV at all.
The thought occurs that given Krema II and III were supposedly the epicenter of the extermination program, perhaps the reason they did not appear on film is because they were not ready yet to be shown to the public.
Curiously, shortly after I made this claim regarding the lack of Krema II and III images in the Liberation footage, the following still from the DVD was pointed out to me which was claimed to represent either Krema II or III. It is footage that appears for a few seconds only, immediately after the Krema V section is shown, so the suggestion that it represents Krema II or Krema III is quite reasonable. However it represents a view of Krema II or III that it is impossible to find today at the memorial site. In the background there is a building that is obviously in ruins – limiting the number of sites it could be at Auschwitz-Birkenau to one of the demolished crematoriums.
It is worth revisiting why Krema Denial first came about, which is aerial photographs of Krema II seem to show the gas chamber of Krema II having been drawn on the images and appearing in distinctly different locations in August 1944 and May 1944. This strongly suggests that the underground structures were not present when the photos were taken and were added later by the CIA prior to release. This receives confirmation from the lack of any moving footage of these facilities in the Liberation newsreels.
Above we see a modern photo of the junction between the undressing chamber and the main building of Krema III. There seems to be a distinct continuity gap, suggesting that the two halves of the building were not built as a single structure, but that the undressing chamber was added on later.
Above is the undressing chamber of Krema III, with the collapsed roof lying between the two intact walls. There is a distinct kink in the left hand wall that appears to have been constructed to accommodate an already collapsed roof. It is also somewhat of a mystery about how a roof, which presumably was supposed to have rested originally on top of the walls, could after explosion fit so neatly between them. The walls seem both surprisingly undamaged by the explosion and also completely lacking any of the surface stucco concealing the brickwork that is normal for interior brick walls in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Again, suggesting this was a quick post-war add on.
UPDATE: Another possible explanation for this image can be found here https://littlegreyrabbit.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/the-one-true-crematorium-at-birkenau/ . I highly recommend reading it.