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The "gas chamber" of Auschwitz-I

by Robert Faurisson

Monday, February 16, 2009

Of course it is a lie to say that the so-called “gas chamber” at Auschwitz-I was a place for killing people. But it is another lie, and a still more insidious one, to claim that it's a “reconstruction” or even a “clumsy reconstruction” made after the war. In fact, it is a COMPLETE FAKE made after the war. The place in question, situated near the camp's SS hospital, had till August 1943 been in fact a “Leichenhalle” (mortuary); then it was changed into a “Lufschutzbunker für SS-Revier mit einem Operationsraum” (an air-raid shelter for the SS hospital, with a surgical operating room inside), and was used as such from 1944.

After the war all sorts of deceptive changes were made to the structure by the Polish Communists, with the result being presented as a genuine homicidal gas chamber. It is nothing at all like a “reconstruction”. It is a construction born of the imagination. I discovered this truth on March 19, 1976 in the Auschwitz Archives by finding the plans, which had never yet been published. I also found the plans of the four largest crematoria, situated in Birkenau. Crematoria II and III also had mortuaries, with no "holes" in the roof, as may still be observed by examining the ruins ("No holes, no Holocaust", as I concluded). As for Crematoria IV and V, no part of them could have served as a homicidal gas chamber, as becomes apparent on taking into account the location and configuration of each of their respective parts.

As I put it in my 22-page paper ("The Victories of Revisionism"), with regard to the Auschwitz-I "gas chamber" I had to wait till 1995 to get an admission from the horse's mouth. That was when French journalist and historian Eric Conan, after his own on-site inspection, published a long essay in a leading French weekly. On the subject of that "gas chamber" he wrote: “TOUT Y EST FAUX” (Everything in it is false). He added: “In the late 1970s, Robert Faurisson exploited these falsifications all the better as the museum balked at acknowledging them.”

E. Conan went on to relate a staggering remark by Krystyna Oleksy, deputy director of the Auschwitz National Museum, who, for her part, could not find the resolve to reveal the misrepresentation to the public. She said: “For the time being [this place] is to be left ‘as is’, with nothing specified to the visitor. It’s too complicated. We’ll see to it later on” (“Auschwitz: la mémoire du mal” [Auschwitz: the remembrance of evil], L’Express, January 19-25, 1995, p. 68). In 1995 as well, two Jewish authors, Robert Jan van Pelt and Deborah Dwork, also denounced the imposture in a work they put out together, Auschwitz, 1270 to the Present, Yale University Press; they used words like “postwar obfuscation, “usurpation”, “falsified”, “misinformation”, “falsifying”.

Mgr Richard Williamson says there were no Nazi gas chambers. In principle it should be easy to prove him wrong. You would only have to show him such a gas chamber. The trouble is, there are none today, for the good and simple reason that there were none in the past, either at Auschwitz or anywhere else. I for one have never got an answer to my challenge: “Show me or draw me a Nazi gas chamber!” I am still waiting, and now R. Williamson is waiting too. “The hoax of the 20th century” (Arthur R. Butz) is well on its way towards death. Like Sharon’s body in Israel.

See: Russian built fake Nazi 'gas chamber' at Sachsenhausen  Although the War and Nazism were over, Schirmer and a few fellow-prisoners were forced to construct a gas chamber and execution room, to show the world what the Nazis had done. After completion, at about the end of October 1945, Dipl.-Ing. Dörbeck was brought before the political officer alone and received precise instructions about the explanations he was to give to Soviet groups of visitors. He had to say the following: This installation, which was built by the Nazis, served to kill [Vernichtung] Jews and Soviet officer prisoners. Each day some 200 people were gassed and about twenty-five were shot. This went on from 1943 till 1945 (April).
    From about December 1945 until the end of 1947 an average of two tours a week, each consisting of some thirty to forty Soviet men, mostly soldiers and people from the GPU, and women, were escorted by Dörbeck round the installation. There were often officers amongst them who quite openly expressed doubts about the age of the installation because they saw that the concrete was new, that there were no bullet holes from the executions in the concrete wall and that the blood stains (red paint) were very meagre and unconvincing......the number of victims of the NKVD camp Sachsenhausen is known quite precisely. Schirmer reckons they amounted to about 24,600 ('give or take a hundred').