Well, I disagree about Hilberg lying. Hilberg had famously claimed at the Zuendel trial that he had merely misread a copy many times removed from the Gerstein statement which caused him to believe that 700-800 people were packed into "93 square meters of space" whereas the document clearly said they were packed into only 25 quare meters. Search on Google for: "93 square meters" Gerstein
Getting back to times-to-death in cyanide gas hambers in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Hilberg's claim changed over the years. In the hardbound edition, Vol. 3 of The Destruction of the European Jews
(1985), the so-called: "revised and definitive edition" according to the title page, and which I cited above also, Hilberg claimed on page 975:
The agony lasted for about two minutes, and as the shrieking subsided, the dying people slumped over. Within fifteen minutes (sometimes five), everyone in the gas chamber was dead.
The gas was now allowed to escape and after half an hour, the door was opened.
That doesn't seem totally unreasonable at first glance even though one wonders about the difference between five and fifteen minutes. However, in the 1961 edition (first edition possibly) Hilberg puts things differently as follows on page 627:
The agony lasted for about two minutes; then the shrieking subsided, the dying men slumping over. Within four minutes everybody in the gas chamber was dead. ref.46 The gas was now allowed to escape, after about a half-hour the doors were opened. ref.47
So clearly, 24 years of reflection somehow caused Hilberg to revise "four minutes" to "five and fifteen minutes." What happened? Did someone tap him on the shoulder?
Note also that the wording "The agony lasted for about two minutes" suggests to me at least that most of the intended victims were already dead in those "two minutes" and that the rest, those hiding in remote corners or under bodies perhaps, were dead also in the next two minutes (Hilberg's early text from 1961)--or next eleven minutes (Hilberg's later revised text from 1985). So, instead of simply embracing references to the gassings taking as long as fifteen minutes, I suggest that everyone should dig down into the specific claims. Were any of these victims assisting in their own executions by taking a single deep breath to quickly ingest a lethal dose of cyanide gas? Of course, not!
In any event, the criticism of my debate opening statement by Fritz-the-Cat several days ago is largely unfounded.
Friedrich Paul Berg
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Nazi Gassings Never Happened!
The Holocaust story is a hoax because 1) no one was killed by the Nazis in gas chambers, 2) the total number of Jews who died in Nazi captivity is miniscule compared to what is alleged.