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Samuel Crowell was kind enough to phone me recently when he heard that I seemed to disagree with his views on the air-raid shelter doors (see Smith's Report, September 1997, p. 1, 3-4). We had a long conversation. I told him that, insofar as he explained at length what a German air-raid shelter and the door of such a shelter were, I totally agreed with him, since that was exactly what I had myself discovered in the '70s and what Fritz Berg also studied in the '80s. The last time I mentioned the matter in English was, I suppose, in 1991. At that time I wrote in an article about J.C. Pressac:
A gas-tight door is a Gastür or gasdichte Tür. English speakers use "gas-proof door" as well as "gas-tight door"; this type of door can be used for delousing gas chambers or for airlocks (for example, airlocks in an oven-room or in an air-raid shelter). [...] In a bombing attack, the door to an air-raid shelter is supposed to guard against two effects, among others, caused by exploding bombs: suction of the oxygen out of the shelter and penetration of CO into the same shelter (JHR, Spring 1991, p. 49, 65).
From the Adelaide Institute Newsletter (on-line) no. 66, Dec. 1997.