gl0spana wrote:to quote from the 1946 study
What study? By whom? Where can this study be viewed? Anyway, I think you'll find most of this information addressed if you just check the relevant Holocaust handbooks. I would look for it, but "the 1946 study" isn't exactly an easy thing to search for.
It might interest you to read the latest Holocaust Handbook which is all about testimonies related to Bełżec:Carlo Mattogno: Rudolf Reder versus Kurt Gerstein—Two False Testimonies on the Bełżec Camp Analyzed http://holocausthandbooks.com/dl/43-rrvkg.pdf
Kola's study by the way, completely refutes the ridiculous testimony of Rudolf Reder:
As for your claim that the 33 graves could fit the remains 420,000 corpses, this is utterly ridiculous and untrue:
The pits have an average surface area of about 180 square meters, or almost 6,000 square meters in total—less than 10 percent of the camp. The total volume is about 21,000 cubic meters. Thus, both in area and volume, the total grave space is far less than that required—in fact, the volume is only about one-quarter of the necessary space. Kola’s “33 mass graves” could actually hold about 147,000 bodies, if filled to the brim. But even if they did, what happened to the other 400,000 bodies?
Of the 236 samples showing evidence of human remains, most were in the form of human ash. Kola published details on the most significant 137—though with a highly ambiguous and cryptic pictorial analysis. Of these, only six bore traces of unburned corpses. The thickness of the corpse layer was always less than one meter—out of a total depth of 5 m—and always at the bottom of the pits. One meter of thickness corresponds to perhaps three or four bodies, so if each of the six positive samples cut through this many, Kola has found, technically, no more than some two dozen unburned corpses. Surely there are more than these in total under the camp, but lacking a full-scale excavation, we will not know.
And what did someone like O’Neil conclude from this? His 1998 article, at which time only two pits with corpses had been found, makes a bold prediction: “How many [unburned] bodies remain in these two graves is difficult to establish. To be sure, there are many thousands” (p. 54). How O’Neil jumps from positive evidence of only two dozen bodies to “thousands” is left unexplained. Tregenza (2000: 258) is more specific, but no more justified: “on the order of at least 15,000.” By comparison Mattogno (2011: 79) concludes: “the most probable interpretation is that the graves contained at most several hundred [unburned] corpses.” But, as noted, a small number of unburned bodies is consistent with the conventional account of things. Thus one wonders why O’Neil and Tregenza felt compelled to infer vast figures when in fact they were unnecessary.
Of the ashes themselves, they seem to be far short of the required amount. The ash that Kola found was not pure, but mixed with sand—often more than 50 percent. And more than half of his relevant samples had only a very thin sand/ash layer, sometimes almost down to nothing. Kola’s analysis is so poor that it is difficult to come to clear conclusions, but Mattogno (p. 87) determines that these data are “absolutely incompatible” with any mass incineration.
In the end, the Bełżec excavations led to highly mixed results. Yes, there were many bodies buried there, most after being burned. But (a) both sides of the debate agree that many people died there, people who must have been burned or buried, and (b) the total mass of remains is much smaller than the traditionalists would have us believe. Based on the excavation data, Mattogno (p. 91) concludes that “it is possible to infer, from what has been discussed above, an order of magnitude of several thousands, perhaps even some tens of thousands” of deaths. But certainly not hundreds of thousands.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Dalton, Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides (Castle Hill Publishers, 4th edition, February 2020), Pp. 166, 167-168, 169.
Samual Crowell points to a similar conclusion:
The basic result is that the team discovered about 30 graves, yielding in the aggregate about 6,000 square meters of possible original grave space; using Ball’s constant of ten bodies per square meter of surface area, that could yield about 60,000 corpses
Samual Crowell, The Gas Chamber of Sherlock Holmes (Nine-Banded Books, 2011), Pp. 139. footnote 502.
Mattogno, in his recent study on Rudolf Reder and Kurt Gerstein, points out (using evidence already examined in other Holocaust Handbooks) that Kola's survey reults were 'erroneous' and 'inflated':
All of Reder’s assertions about mass graves – regarding their number, size and distribution on the camp grounds – have been refuted by the results of archaeological investigations conducted in the years 1997-1998 on the grounds of the former Bełżec Camp by Prof. Dr. Andrzej Kola of the Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń. By taking soil-core samples with a hand drill, he claims to have identified 33 mass graves with a maximum depth of 5.2 meters, a total area of 5,490 square meters, and a total volume of 21,310 cubic meters.36 Reder, however, claimed that 30 pits were dug during his four-month stay at the camp alone, each measuring 100 m × 25 m × 15 m, with a total surface area of 75,000 square meters and a cumulative volume of 1,125,000 cubic meters. I have explained the reason for this crazy lie already earlier.
36. See Mattogno 2016, p. 73 (list of Kola’s survey results; in that list, the surface area of Grave #27 was erroneously given as 540 m², when it is in fact only 111 m², hence the total given there for all graves is too large by 429 m²). In fact, Kola adopted an arbitrary and fallacious test procedure for the number, shape, and dimensions of the mass graves; its data is demonstrably inflated; see Mattogno/Kues/Graf, pp. 1147-1155.Carlo Mattogno, Rudolf Reder versus Kurt Gerstein: Two False Testimonies on the Bełżec Camo Analyzed (Castle Hill Publishers, January 2021), Pp. 73. footnote 36.
As we can see, and hopefully you can too gl0spana - there is no proof to substantiate a claim about 400,000 corpses, nor is it clear that they're related to any alleged "Holocaust", and not some other circumstantial situation that resulted from the chaos of the Second World War. In fact, Kola et al. couldn't even locate any alleged Gas Chambers:
the team found no evidence of any gas-chamber buildings. O’Neil wrote in 1998, halfway through the work, “We found no trace of the gassing barracks dating from either the first or second phase of the camp’s construction” (p. 55). By the time of the final report, Kola claimed to have found evidence for the second, larger gassing facility—except that the structure he found was all wood, not concrete. Rather than rejecting his gas-chamber hypothesis, Kola surprisingly rejected all standard accounts of a brick-and-concrete building as erroneous. And in fact the only reason he decided that this structure was a gas chamber in the first place was simply because it was in the “right location”—hardly conclusive proof.
Ibid., p. 169.
You would do better to read the Holocaust Handbooks gl0spana, and also search for relevant terms in the CODOH library.
We're left with an interesting question though. How did the 400,000 figure even come about? Because, there is certainly no good proof for it, yet the affirmation of such a figure would suggest otherwise. You don't just pull a number out of thin air and then work backwards in an attempt to prove it. Yet this is exactly what the Exterminationist propagandists have done. They're trying to prove a figure by forcing the evidence to conform to it, rather than be guided by the evidence they do find. So, whatever their analysis, whatever their reports, all of it is biased and unreliable due to the problem being examined from an angle that tries to find a shred of a reason, no matter how small, to fit their preconceived conclusions. This is not honest scientific inquiry. It is fraudulent.
You're no different gl0spana, you have no good reason to believe in the Holocaust, certainly no reason to believe, even with some graves, that mass murder/genocide occurred at Belzec (or anywhere else), or that the number of dead could possibly be 400,000, yet you started from the position that a) the Holocaust happened and b) there must be some remains amounting to an arbitrary figure of 400,000 because you believe in a). This is not proof, this is not logical, this is purely an exercise in faith based reasoning which has no basis in historical matters that are now punishable by law and not allowed to be questioned.
Also see:Belzec/Kola – Going to Extremes to Sell the Lie
Bełżec - The dubious claims of Michael Tregenza
Belzec - The Testimony of Chaim Hirszman
Facing a New Decade
Belzec or the Holocaust Controversy of Roberto Muehlenkamp
Here's a short paragraph of what Jurgen Graf had to say when interviewed about the most important revisionist discoveries:
The archeological excavations on the site of the alleged “extermination camp” Belzec (Eastern Poland) and three documents which Mattogno and I found in Russian archives and which prove with absolute certainty that the morgues of the Birkenau crematoria could not possibly have been used as homicidal gas chambers, as the orthodox historians claim.
Ironically, the first of these two discoveries was made possible thanks to the abysmal stupidity of the exterminationists. In 2000, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and a similar Polish organization published a book about the excavations at Belzec (Andrzej Kola, Belzec. The Nazi camp for Jews in the Light of Archeological Sources. Excavations 1997-1999, Warsaw/Washington 2000). Kola pretended to have found material evidence corroborating that Belzec had indeed been an extermination camp. But as Carlo Mattogno brilliantly demonstrates in his book Belzec in Propaganda, Testimonies, Archeological Research and History (Theses & Dissertation Press, Chicago 2004), the results of the excavations conclusively show that only some thousand people perished at Belzec, while the orthodox historians claim 600.000 victims. The presence of human remains on the site of the camp can easily explained by two factors: In 1941, Belzec had been a very inhumanely ruled labor camp before becoming a transit camp in March 1942, and between March and December 1942, 434.000 Jews were deported to this camp before being transferred either into the occupied Eastern Territories or to labor camps in the Lublin district. (The figure of 434.000 results from a German document, the “Höfle telegram”, which is doubtless authentic but constitutes no evidence of mass murder, as David Irving mendaciously claims.) Unavoidably, a certain number of these 434.000 Jews must have died at Belzec. – Moreover the excavations showed that the two “gas chambers” described by witnesses never existed. By ordering these excavations and foolishly publishing their results, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and its Polish friends have furnished irrefutable evidence that Belzec was not an extermination camp.Source: https://codoh.com/library/document/interview-graf-jurgen/en/
Read the Holocaust Handbooks, Kola's study has been dealt with in them:Carlo Mattogno, Jürgen Graf, Thomas Kues: The “Extermination Camps” of “Aktion Reinhardt”—An Analysis and Refutation of Factitious “Evidence,” Deceptions and Flawed Argumentation of the “Holocaust Controversies” Bloggers http://holocausthandbooks.com/dl/28-tecoar.pdf
Carlo Mattogno: Belzec—Propaganda, Testimonies, Archeological Research, and History http://holocausthandbooks.com/dl/09-b.pdf