I have probably listened to or read thousands of bits of testimony from claimed eyewitnesses over the last near-decade. I have heard about human soap, skin lampshades, human sausage, masturbation death machines, electrocution and steam chambers, etc, etc, etc...
In general, the testimony I have heard has been inconsistent and has appeared very disingenuous. Unlike as with other clearly proven atrocities, where the victims more often appear to be severely shaken and barely able to speak of their trauma, "Holocaust survivor" testimony seems often (but not always) to fit within a range from overly casual to obnoxiously eccentric. And within that spectrum, there is no clear line between where the obvious lies end and the "Holocaust" narrative begins.
I have felt that the disingenuity of testimony I have come across (coupled with the massive chemical/forensic evidence against the alleged 'gas chambers') plays a big part in my willingness to acknowledge that the Germans were ever cruel on anything but an exceptional, isolated basis. That said, some recent research has me somewhat troubled and I wanted to seek feedback from the rest of you all here.
Please, take some time to view some/all of the testimony below at the times I have included for each:
21:41 - David Shear - Ostrow Lubelski ghetto
13:00 - Eddie Ilan - Warsaw ghetto
14:31 - Leah Herman - Oradia ghetto
8:03 - Nathan Nothman - Cracow ghetto
23:25 - Sonia Goldshore - Miedzyrzec ghetto
4:43 - Saya Feinman - Zimna Woda (Lwow ghetto area)
2:40 - Markus Ender - Tarnow ghetto
3:30 - Reuben Drehspul - Kaunas ghetto
27:10 - Kuba Beck - Cracow ghetto
18:40 - Israel Weinberg - Lodz ghetto
16:40 - Kristine Keren - Lwow ghetto
20:30 - Celina Biniaz - Cracow ghetto
In addition to those listed above, there are many others which are similar; a total of about 1,500 on the USC Shoah/VHA archive under indexing term, "child killings". In addition claims of those being smashed, there are many similar claims involving shootings, arms/limbs torn off, etc.
In large part, I want to be able to say "this did not happen" at all but I do not think I can honestly say that I believe all of these people are lying. I think at least many, perhaps, are indeed telling the truth. The stories are similar enough but not identical, each reasonably consistent within itself, not coupled with other obvious or probable lies, and the emotion and body language seems genuine in a lot of cases.
I am left with more questions than answers... Admittedly, the occurrences in the ghettos are a new frontier for me, in terms of research.
Some of the questions I am left with include:
- How many of these testimonials are actually truthful, versus how many could have been parrotted or personalized based on rumor (as we have seen frequently with 'gassing' claims and the like)?
- Could these homicidal actions have been due to rogue SS unit(s)?
Was it the same unit(s) that operated in many/all of the locations listed above?
- If it is problem related to rogue unit(s) of German soldiers, what was the scale of their actions? How many could have been killed in this way? How was the SS leadership able to disregard or otherwise fail to address this problem?
Of course, we are faced with the same problem pertaining to evidence when it comes to the claims made by these witnesses as we are with the rest of the Holocaust storyline... I have not heard of any mass graves filled with children and infants killed by severe skull fractures, anywhere in Poland. On the other hand, to be entirely fair, I find very few Jewish Holocaust child survivors born after 1932 on the USC Shoah/VHA (i.e. those who would have been between 0-12 years old during the war), and I am not sure where else to look for statistical data in this particular regard.
I am definitely still a relative newbie at this stuff but I wasn't able to find any detailed discussion about "baby smashing" nor much about the ghettos on this forum nor anywhere else, so hoping some light can be shed via some collaboration and discussion here.