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Alleged Gas Chamber Doors with Peepholes are Really Bomb Shelter Doors

by Hadding Scott

ON THE RIGHT we see the door of the alleged gas-chamber at Majdanek, of which a replica is displayed at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and represented as a “gas-chamber door.”

Below we see a 1939 advertisement for bomb-shelter doors. Schutzraum, “protection space,” is the German word for shelter.

The 1939 Panzerlit-Werke advertisement is from Luftschutzraum-Bauweisen (Air-Shelter Construction Methods”) by I. Frommhold. It is a booklet published by Verlag Gasschutz u. Luftschutz, “Gas-Defense and Air-Defense Publishing.”

Why use air-tight doors on an air-raid shelter? Prior to the Second World War, as the publisher’s name suggests, the possibility of gas attack was not considered out of the question. Also, in the event of fire, it might be advantageous to prevent all oxygen from being sucked out of the room, and hot air from coming in. Oxygen-deprivation was a major cause of death during Allied bombing raids.

For more information about these doors, including uses of the peep-hole, check out engineer Fritz Berg’s site.

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Source: National-Socialist Worldview

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Regulations required that the air raid shelters be confirmed as air tight. The examiners unscrewed the peep-hole and used a compressor to pressurize the room. They recorded the time taken for the pressure to fall to determine its security.