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Abigail Miriam Feder <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 14 Jun 1994 18:52:55 -0700
<[log in to unmask]> from "Marti Mangan" at Jun 14, 94 12:58:56 pm
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> My impression was that the showers at the death camps were not connected
> to water at all; they were for the exclusive use of gassing people.  (I
> wish I could quote a source, but oh well...)  The inclusion of that shower
> scene for dramatic purposes undercuts the fact of the death camps, in my
> opinion. I assume there were "real" showers in the labor camps, but in
> this film, which was not about the labor camps, they only cloud the issue.
> Marti *** [log in to unmask]  ***  Film Studies Program
I, too, was appalled by this scene.  But then I asked a survivor of Auschwitz
 and she told me that those who were not killed immdiately were showered and
 deloused.  This she said because the Germans abhored filth.  At the same time,
 I still think the scene left open a place for revisionists to say the gas
 chambers masking as showers did not exist.
Abigail Feder Northwestern University
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