The declarations made by Kurt Prüfer, Karl Schultze, Fritz Sander and Gustav Braun about the "gas chambers" and the crematoria ovens of Auschwitz: historic and technical analysis.
Introduction and translation of the verbals from russian by J. Graf.
Effepi, Genova, 2014, 203 pages and 11 documents.
In 1945 Topf engineers (who built the crematoria ovens of Auschwitz-Birkenau) Kurt Prufer, Karl Schultze, Fritz Sander and Gustav Braun were arrested by sovietic counter-intelligence and were interrogated many times.
The verbals appeared only after communism's demise and the resulting opening of Moscow's archives. During our travels to Moscow, J. Graf and I sought them and found out the archive which kept them. In february 2002 Graf got and duplicated them.
Then he wrote the article "Anatomie der sowjetischen Befragung der Topf-Ingenieure. Die Verhöre von Fritz Sander, Kurt Prüfer, Karl Schultze und Gustav Braun durch Offiziere der sowjetischen Antispionageorganisation Smersch (1946/1948)" (Vierteljahreshefte für freie Geschichtsforschung, 6. Jg., Heft 4, Dezember 2002, pp. 398-421), which is one of the few and one of the most comprehensive work about this matter.
In 2007 Michael Thad Allen wrote with clear irritation: "Dr. Schule acquaints me with the fact that some Topf interrogations which are not accessible to historians have been put in negationist sites. Then it's clear that someone is allowed to get these documents. It's irritating that negationists could and real historians could not."
The informations is anyway false, since these documents were discovered by Gerald Fleming in the october of 1990 and were published as extracts by him in july of 1993 (Fleming gave false informations about the location of these documents and the name of the archive, so we stuggled to track them down).
Then they went to the Holocaust memorial Museum of Washington which gave them in 2000 to Jean-Claude Pressac, who, in 2003, handed them to Gedenkstätte Buchenwald, which translated them in german.
Until now no holocaustic historian has decided to publish the entire verbals. There are three motivations:
1) Historians are not able to deal the technical problems which arise from the verbals, which are even more difficult because of russian language. Ignorance of cremation process, in particular Topf's one, does not help.
2) The tone that we can find in these verbals is the one of "confessions" in "Moscow trials"-ish style. The repetitiveness of questions and answers, the questions which already got implicitly the answers, the type of languaged used by the commission of inquiry ("Nazi Party", "Fascist Germany", "death factories", etc.): all this weighs on the credibility of the interrogated engineers.
3) Regarding the contents: plain contradictions and childish falsities show that Topf engineers accepted all the charges, even the false ones, because of a defensive strategy.
Even if I holded the documentation since 2002, this book appears only now because the verbals deal with Birkenau's crematoria and other questions around cremation and this would be really difficult without another book talking about this, which is "The crematory ovens of Auschwitz" (http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?page_id=25) already issued in italian as "I forni crematori di Auschwitz. Studio storico-tecnico con la collaborazione del dott. Ing. Franco Deana". Effepi, Genova, 2012, 2 volumes.
The "First Part" of the book is a "Historic and technical analysis of interrogations", which are examined in their historic and chronologic background.
The "Second Part" is the whole text of the verbals known to us.
The holocaustic historians, even owning these documents for 13 years, declined to publish them completely, thus they "negated" this facet of Auschwitz history, thus they are true "negationists".
Source: http://andreacarancini.blogspot.it/2014 ... ro-su.html
The book is only in italian language. It will be translated who knows when.
If someone is interested in buying it, Effepi can be contacted here:
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There is even a complete 2014 catalogue.
Sorry for the poor translation from italian to english.