http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/camps/bergen ... al-04.html
Then the door was opened and the people were crowded into the gas chambers which gave the impression that the roof was falling on their heads, as it was so low.
http://www.vho.org/GB/Journals/JHR/10/1 ... 25-47.htmlOne got the impression that they fought terribly against death. Anybody who has ever seen a gas chamber filled to the height of one and a half metres with corpses will never forget it.
Since the height of the gas chamber was 2.4 m, this part of testimony obviously calls for an explanation.Q: How big were the chambers?
A: Each chamber was 10 meters long and 4 wide.
Q: [by the defense attorney, Dr. Zippel]: You stated that the gas chambers had dimensions of 10 by 1.6 meters, is that correct?
A: Yes, certainly.
There were 2 underground gas chambers, each approximately 10 meters long, 5 wide, and one and a half high. The 2 gas chambers supplied the corpses for the crematoriums.
The "gas chambers" of Crematoriums 3 and 4 (III and IV) measured in turn 6 x 3 x 1.5 meters (18 square meters, 27 cubic meters): "For crematoriums 3 and 4 there were 2 other gas chambers which each measured 6 meters long, 3 wide, and one and a half high."
It can't be dismissed as a bad estimate, since someone who has been to the gas chamber either touched the ceiling with his head or not, and with the height of 1.5 m almost everyone would have to stoop.
To date I see the following alternatives:
1) Bendel never was in the gas chamber and lied in his testimony.
2) Text was somehow garbled in all instances. This happens with translations. But there are too many such instances, it's hard to see how it could happen, though it's still seems possible (e.g. he might have been talking not about meters, but translator/transcriber/whoever got it all wrong; but then we have not only quantitative, but also qualitative description).
3) Bendel might have been in the gas chamber, but was mentally disturbed, so that he couldn't even get such a fact correct.
I'd like to hear your comments.