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|Photos 14 to 21 were taken by the author in the "reserve stocks" of the PMO|
| Photo 17:
500kg can of Zyklon-B from Tesla. of the type probably used both in the disinfestation chamber of Block 3 and those of BW 5a and 5b and also for homicidal gassing. The label indicating distribution by Tesla is in three distinct parts. this photograph showing the first.
Second part of the previous label indicating the manufacturer, Degesch and the content. 500 grams.
Third part of the label, indicating distribution by Testa, Hamburg and the territorial area of its distribution monopoly. the area of the Reich to the east of the Elbe including the Sudeten "Grau" the (Gouvernement General (what remained of occupied Poland) the Reich Commissariat for Ostland and for Denmark. Finland and Norway.
500 grams can of Zyklon-B. without its label, containing small bluish pellets of porous silica, known as Erco, which absorbed the hydrocyanic acid together with 5% of a lachrymogenic and sternutatory warning agent. These are the "crystals" of Zyklon-B. Other fixing agents were also used. either a reddish brown granulous mass (Diagriess), or disks of ligneous fibre (Photo 8 which Eichmann knew, probably because he had seen them used in the disinfestation of the Auschwitz main camp blocks before or at the time of his deciding with Hoess on their homicidal use.
Two of the distinctive yellow labels with red printing
1. Above : from a 1000g can distributed by Testa.
2. Below from a 1600g can, reduced to 1500g. from Degesch.
Technique and operation
of the gas chambers
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