Information about this location had been available to the Allies for a long time. The fact that the claimed exterminations had to be known to the Allies but obviously were unknow to them, has always been sheer inexplicable for experts in the field. Chapter by solidly referenced chapter, Dr. He re-examines the very German records so long misrepresented; he critiques the European demographics, which do not allow for the loss of the Six Million; he re-evaluates the concept and technical feasibility of the gas chambers with some startling conclusions; and he separates the cold facts from the sheer tonnage of disinformation that has served as a formidable barrier to the truth since the end of WWII.
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Army Capt. Jacob Javits later U. Senator used the photos, in , to argue for bombing Auschwitz. If the claim is true, the photos were forgotten until I argued, in my book, that they had to exist. I am inclined to think the claim is not true. Expanded version of the text originally published in German as Gauss There is also the multi-author, multi-volume effort crystallizing in the revisionist series Holocaust Handbooks, now counting some 30 volumes: www.
See ads at the end of this book. Michael Berenbaum Weber , 4. He is a good enough showman to have realized that a complete depiction of a gassing via Zyklon B, faithful to the legend and to physical possibility, would have been far too preposterous even for him. The Jewish worker who was shot for exceeding her assigned tasks was routine rubbish, but the gassing would have been too much. Boston Globe, 23 July , A5. Also see the letters in the May issue of Atlantic Monthly.
I also wish to reserve for myself any problems that may arise on account of the reaction to this book, and for this reason I refrain from making the applicable personal acknowledgments here. Institutional acknowledgments are made to the U.
National Archives, the U. Special acknowledgment is made to the staffs of the Imperial War Museum, London, the national office of the Netherlands Red Cross, The Hague, and the Library of Northwestern University especially the inter-library loan department , Evanston, all of whom contributed more than routine services without, of course, being aware of the exact nature of the research involved. For the English and editions English and German , I also wish to acknowledge the editorial work of Germar Rudolf.
I could not have had a better editor. Arthur R. This view has ruled Western opinion since and earlier, and I was no exception in accepting the essentials of it. Likewise with legends about mistreatment of American and British prisoners of war. Moreover, the general problem is elaborated considerably when one weighs, as the revisionists do, the appalling wartime and postwar brutalities of the Western Allies.
The revisionist books which overturn some of the most popular misconceptions seem to accept the gas chambers as factual. Professors of history who have specialized in Germany, if asked, seem to consider the charge as established as the Great Pyramid.
A good example is the distinguished American scholar John Beaty, who was called to active duty in the military Intelligence Service of the War Department General Staff just before the entry of the U. In his book Iron Curtain Over America, published in , he ridiculed the six million legend with a few remarks that were unfortunately brief and inconclusive, but, coming from a man who was one of the best informed in the world during the war, carried some amount of authority.
Elementary investigation into the question, of the sort the non-historian customarily does, led me nowhere. The meager amount of literature in the English language which denied the truth of the legend was not only unconvincing; it was so unreliable and unscrupulous in the employment of sources, when sources were employed, that it had a negative effect, so that the case for the truth of the essentials of the legend disregarding quantitative problems, e. At the time I became aware that there existed additional literature in French and German but, being quite unaccustomed to reading texts in those languages except on rare occasions when I consulted a paper in a French or German mathematics journal, I did not undertake to acquire copies of the foreign language literature.
Moreover, I assumed that if such literature was worth more than what was being published in English, somebody would have published English translations. I acquired the foreign language literature. While the book you are holding differs considerably in quantity of factual content and general quality from the picture I had formed by the summer of , that picture, whose essentials are transmitted here, was in such overwhelming contradiction to the lies that Western society had equipped me with, that my attention could not be drawn from the subject by any appeal to prudence or any such practical calculation.
It quickly became clear that only a book would do; the subject could not, given the years of propaganda, be treated in a research paper or pamphlet and, a fortiori, it could not be treated in the form of a lecture. The body of a text was written in the summer of , and then the manuscript was gradually improved in the course of the next two years.
A trip to Europe in the summer of was very rewarding, as was a trip to Washington later in the year. The book was essentially finished in late There will be those who will say that I am not qualified to undertake such a work, and there will even be those who will say that I have no right to publish such things. So be it.
If a scholar, regardless of his specialty, perceives that scholarship in acquiescing, from whatever motivation, in a monstrous lie, then it is his duty to expose the lie, whatever his qualifications. That is, while virtually all historians pay some sort of lip service to the lie, when it comes up in books and papers on other subjects, none has produced an academic study arguing, and presenting the evidence for, either the thesis that the exterminations did take place or that they did not take place.
If they did take place then it should be possible to produce a book showing how it started and why, by whom it was organized and the line of authority in the killing operations, what the technical means were and that those technical means did not have some sort of more mundane interpretation e.
No historian has undertaken anything resembling such a project; only non-historians have undertaken portions. With these preliminary remarks, therefore, I invite your study of the hoax of your century.
Evanston, Illinois August Footnotes  Vol. I see three principal reasons for the widespread but erroneous belief in the legend of millions of Jews killed by the Germans during World War II: U. Dachau and Belsen , there are no longer large communities of Jews in Poland, and historians generally support the legend.
During both world wars Germany was forced to fight typhus, carried by lice in the constant traffic with the east. That is why all accounts of entry into the German concentration camps speak of shaving of hair, showering, and other delousing procedures, such as treatment of quarters with the pesticide Zyklon.
That was also the main reason for a high death rate in the camps and the crematories that existed in all. When Germany collapsed in chaos, then of course all such defenses ceased, and typhus and other diseases became rampant in the camps, which quartered mainly political prisoners, ordinary criminals, homosexuals, conscientious objectors, and Jews conscripted for labor. Auschwitz and Treblinka and which were all evacuated or shut down before capture by the Soviets, who found no such scenes.
During the war, Jews of various nationalities were being moved east, as one stage in this Final Solution. The legend claims that the movements were mainly for extermination purposes. The great majority of the millions allegedly exterminated were east European, not German or west European, Jews.
For that reason study of the problem via population statistics has been difficult to impossible, but it is a fact that there are no longer large communities of Jews in Poland.
However, the Germans were only one of several parties involved in moving Jews around. The Soviets deported virtually all of the Jews of eastern Poland to their interior in After the war, with Polish and other Jews pouring out of the east into occupied west Germany, the Zionists moved large numbers to Palestine, and the U. Moreover, the Polish borders were changed drastically at the end of the war; the country was literally moved west.
Historians generally support the legend, but there are precedents for nearly incomprehensible blindness on the part of scholars. Near unanimity among the academics is especially suspect when there exist great political pressures; in some countries Holocaust revisionists have been prosecuted. It is easy to show that the extermination legend merits skepticism. Even the casual reader of the Holocaust literature knows that during the war virtually nobody acted as though it was happening.
Thus, it is common to berate the Vatican, the Red Cross, and the Allies especially the intelligence agencies for their ignorance and inaction, and to explain that the Jews generally did not resist deportation because they did not know what was in store for them. On closer examination, even those few Jewish leaders were not acting as though it was happening. What we are offered in evidence was gathered after the war, in trials. Were trials needed to determine that the Battle of Waterloo happened?
The bombings of Hamburg, Dresden, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki? The slaughter in Cambodia? Yet this three year program, of continental scope, claiming millions of victims, required trials to argue its reality. I am not arguing that the trials were illegal or unfair; I am arguing that such historical logic as the legend rests on must not be countenanced.
Such events cannot happen without generating commensurate evidence for their reality, just as a great forest fire cannot take place without producing smoke.
One may as well believe that New York City was burned down, if confessions to the deed can be produced. Detailed consideration of the specific evidence put forward in support of the legend has been a focus of the revisionist literature, but I shall mention one point here.
The claim of the legend is that there were no technical means provided for the specific task of extermination, and that means originally provided for other purposes did double duty in improvised arrangements. Surely any thoughtful person must be skeptical. Thus, in disregard of European honor conventions, which had been respected for centuries, German civilian and military prisoners, many of the highest rank, met violent deaths while in Allied captivity as a supposed consequence of these extraordinary proceedings.
Nothing resembling the trials of , which were conducted by the wartime enemies of Germany, has ever occurred before. The case of Joan of Arc comes to mind, but that involved a solitary prisoner, not an entire state, and the English who were, in the last analysis, responsible for the trial did everything to make the issue appear to be one of heresy and witchcraft, already formally proscribed, to be decided by an impartial and universal church according to pre-existing rules of evidence and procedure.
In the United States, the real progenitor of the trials, opinion on the appropriateness of having conducted such trials has always been divided, but the balance has varied. In the immediate post-war period, opinion generally favored the trials with, however, some significant voices in opposition.
Taft delivered a speech attacking both the legal basis for the trials and the sentences which had been imposed; his speech seems to have hurt his Republican Party in those elections.
A decade later, views had evidently changed somewhat, since at that time the then obvious presidential candidate John F. Dawidowicz Returning to the problem of the appropriateness of the war crimes trials, everybody would agree as to the at least shaky legal foundations of the trials, but apparently many people would go along with the claim that the trials were appropriate anyway because normal wartime excesses were not involved; the extraordinary nature of the crime, the extermination of the European Jews, called for extraordinary proceedings.
Such cruelty must not only be punished but documented as well, the argument goes. I do not propose in this book to settle the question of what degree of cruelty justifies what degree of legal irregularity. Rather, a rarely heard point, which is at least relevant to the debate, is insisted upon here: It is a fact that without the evidence generated at these trials, there would be no significant evidence that the program of killing Jews ever existed at all.
One has only to examine the sources employed by Hilberg and by Reitlinger to see this. If the trials had not been held, a person claiming the existence of the extermination program could not, if challenged, produce any evidence for this, save a few books not including Hilberg or Reitlinger whose claims are just as unsupported as his original claim.
Thus, the problem that had been involved in deciding whether or not to hold trials on the Jewish extermination aspect was not a simple question of whether or not to try mass murder; unlike the usual murder case there was legitimate and very solid doubt that the deed had been committed at all.
This may surprise the reader who regards the tale of Jewish extermination as a near certainty; such is simply not the case. There are many considerations supporting this view, and some are so simple that they may surprise the reader even further. The simplest valid reason for being skeptical about the extermination claim is also the simplest conceivable reason: at the end of the war, they were still there.
This must be qualified only slightly. Consider a West European observer, who had been familiar with the status of European Jewry prior to the war, making a survey of West European Jewry in, say, late East European Jewry was out of bounds.
He would have found Italian, French, Belgian, and Danish Jewry essentially unscratched these points will be discussed more fully in later chapters. On the other hand, he would have found that large numbers of Jews, possibly majorities, were missing from Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Czechoslovakia then accessible from the West.
Hoax of the Twentieth Century