Sailor wrote: I would consider the material in Danuta Czech's "Auschwitz Chronicle" with a grain of salt.
Danuta seemed to have been a little sloppy occasionally. For example with her gassing claims. Says Fritjo Meyer in his rebuttal to Dr. Piper:
"Piper zählt auch die erste Auflage des Kalendariums von Danuta Czech aus dem Jahre 1958 zu den historiographischen Forschungen, obwohl sie der sowjetisch programmierten Propaganda zuzurechnen war. Darin behauptete Czech ohne jeden Beleg den Gastod vieler Transporte, deren Insassen noch lebten wie die am 13.3.1944 in Auschwitz eingetroffene Simone Veill, die spätere Präsidentin des Europarats. In der dritten Auflage ihres "Kalendarium der wichtigsten Ereignisse" 1999 bei Dlugoborski/Piper, Bd.V, S.184f., fehlt der ganze Transport, wie auch die massenhaften Transporte des August und September 1942 aus Frankreich.
(Piper counts the first edition of the Kalendarium of Danuta Czech from the year 1958 as part of the historiographic researches, although they belong to the propaganda programmed by the Soviets. Czech alleges without any proof the gassing death of many transports, whose passengers were still living, like Simone Veill, who arrived in Auschwitz March 13, 1944 and became later president of the European Council. In the third edition of her "Kalendarium" of 1999 by Dlugoborski/Piper. Vol. V, pp. 184, is the whole transport missing, and also the mass transports of August and September 1942 from France.)"
According to Mr. Mark Weber, Ms. Simone Jacob (later Veil) arrived in Auschwitz on 16 April 1944 and not March 13. If Mr. Meyer is going to borrow from the work of revisionists, one wishes he would do so accurately!
The plaintiff submits, as Attachment No.11, many pages reproduced from Le Memorial de la Deportation des Juifs de France (The Memorial of the Deportation of the Jews of France) a book by Serge Klarsfeld published in Paris in 1978.
Of the pages submitted, 87 consist of lists of Jews deported from France to Eastern Europe during the Second World War. These pages list the deportees alphabetically by family name, first name, date of birth and place of birth. The impression is given that all of the many thousands of persons listed were killed according to a German policy of extermination. This impression is not accurate. The book merely provides a listing of Jews deported from France, not of Jews who died at Auschwitz or anywhere else during the Second World War.
A particularly prominent example will suffice to prove this. On page 519 of the Memorial, the following person is listed: Simone Jacob was one of 500 Jews -- male and female -- in rail convoy number 17 which left Drancy, France, on 13 April 1944.
To find out what happened to the deportees, one next consults the Hefte von Auschwitz, published by the State Museum of Auschwitz. As a Polish government institution, the State Museum of Auschwitz (Panstwowe Muzeum Oswiecim) is controlled by the Polish communist party. The plaintiff apparently has considerable confidence in this institution as a reliable authority. It published three of the books from which pages were submitted to the court by the plaintiff. [Auschwitz 1940-1945, Plaintiff Attachment No. 3; KL Auschwitz Seen by the SS, Plaintiff Attachment No. 5; and, KZ Auschwitz: Reminiscences of an SS Man, Plaintiff Attachment No.10)
According to the Hefte von Auschwitz (Nr. 7, 1964, p.88 ), the 165 men of the convoy were admitted to the Auschwitz camp as inmates and given registration numbers. All the others, including Simone Jacob, were allegedly gassed on 16 April 1944, the day of the convoy's arrival at the camp.
Today, Simone Jacob is well known by her married name of Simone Veil. The former French Minister of Health is now President of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Thus, according to documentation considered reliable by the plaintiff, Simone Jacob (Veil) was another Jewish victim of the Auschwitz gas chambers. But she is very much alive today. One may ask: If the German policy was to exterminate Jews deported from France, why wasn't 18-year-old Simon Jacob killed at Auschwitz?
Comparing Mr. Weber's information, which relies on the chronicle of events published in the journal Hefte von Auschwitz
, with the updated Auschwitz Chronicle
, first published in 1989, we find that in addition to the 165 men registered on April 16 1944, 223 women are also listed as new inmates.
Basing himself on lists from the Memorial
Mr. Weber writes that 500 men and women were sent by convoy from Drancy. The Chronicle
claims there were 1,500. Something worth checking.
This short biography of Ms. Weil states:
When Simon Veil was only 17 years old, she and her family were prisoners of the Nazi's at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She, her mother and two sisters suffered unimaginable atrocities. Simon Veil and one sister returned. This tragic experience gave her the courage to accomplish anything that she chooses to do. She exemplifies this courage daily.
In summary, it seems possible that Ms. Veil was registered in Auschwitz before being sent back to Bergen-Belsen, a train of events not dissimilar to the experience of Ms. Anne Frank amongst others.