IlluSionS667 wrote:It seems obvious to me that the Crowell's hypothesis is true for most anonymous of lesser known "survivors" of the "holocaust". They heard the wildest story and allowed these to interfere with their own memory, hence creating an elaborate hoax with just "too many witnesses" to deny the truthfulness of the hoax.
Obvious lies by the most oportunistic inmates increades the reliability of the hoax, combined with the show trials by the allied occupation governments since 1945 and the endeavors of the holocaust industry that would start in the '60s.
I must say that I'm insufficiently familiar with the Sobibor-issue to know which of the Sobibor-witnesses fall in which category.
I think most of the Reinhardt witnesses fall into the Crowell cathegory. Exceptions would be the inmates who claims to have seen or worked in the gas chambers. Of the Sobibor Jews, only Biskubicz claims to have seen the gas chambers with his own eyes. Bahir has Bauer standing on the roof looking into an observation window. At Belzec, we have Reder and Hirszmann claiming to have seen and worked in the gas chambers. For Treblinka, there are a few more people, starting with Wiernik.
I suppose it is possible that - if we postulate that Sobibor (as well as Belzec and Treblinka) were actually transit camps - the workers (or some of them, those who worked at receiving and cleaning the trains) in Lager 1 and 2 only saw the deportees arriving, and that the deportees were later led back through the trains when the workers in Lager 1 and 2 were back in their barracks and workshops. My guess is that the showered and deloused Jews were separated from contact with possibly infected people all the way from the bathhouse to the trains. It probably did not require much of a work force to get the people on the trains, once they had taken the shower and their fear of being killed had subsided. Maybe there was a small Jewish workforce in the delousing part of the camp ("the death camp"), maybe not.
If that is the case, the delusion among some of the workers may have been caused by rumors spread by leaders of the camp resistance, or rumors that were going around in the ghettos, or both. There probably occured several burnings of actual corpses (probably in the low tens of thousands) from people who died enroute, as well as of belongings and old lousy clothes. This was probably integrated into the rumors.
I say some of the workers believed, because I suspect that many of the inmates did not believe in the gas chambers. There are many passages in for example Blatt that tells of inmates "who acted as if they were not in a death camp". One may also recall the difficulty Donat had in obtaining witness accounts from the hundred or so Treblinka survivors he had in his list. This may have been because those people who refused to reply did not believe the death camp story and did not want to sanction it, while not questioning it openly (thus being "illoyal" to their fellow Jews).