Little Grey Rabbit's Historical Skepticism Blog

Sachsenhausen: Boot testing track.

Posted in Other Camps by littlegreyrabbit on March 26, 2012

An unexplored dimension of the concentration camp system is the intersection between Allied propaganda and the small number of Allied personnel who ended up imprisoned in them.  The supposed boot testing track of Sachsenhausen is an interesting case in point:

Supposed Shoe Testing Track of Sachsenhausen

Wikipedia describes the image above as: “Part of shoe testing track in Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Prisoners who belonged in “Schuhl√§uferkommando”, shoe testing unit had to walk on this days and days.”¬† British POWs captured in raids on Norway were supposedly transferred to Sachsenhausen and were forced to work in this commando, as described by MI9 historian Michael Foot: (more…)

The One True Crematorium of KL Buchenwald

Posted in Buchenwald, Essential Postings, Resistance and Psychological Warfare by littlegreyrabbit on March 22, 2012

Previous I have described how two of the supposed crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau were in fact bakeries, and I located the site of the genuine crematorium as most likely being located just outside the camp, behind the Central Sauna. This left a problem of the function of the Buchenwald crematorium, a building that shared very many structural features with Krema II and III of Birkenau. Simply put, its central location in the camp and structural similarity to the bakery/crematorium at Birkenau meant it in all probability was also a bakery (the crematorium ovens being installed after liberation from the 2 ovens found in Birkenau). So where, therefore, was the real crematorium located? Through a rather surprising series of steps this mystery is now also close to being solved. (more…)