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Mattogno about Piper: The Number of Victims of Auschwitz

Postby Sailor » 1 decade 6 years ago (Mon Apr 28, 2003 8:20 pm)

This is Part II of a piece by Mattogno:
The Four Million Number of Auschwitz: Origin, Revisions and Consequences

(This is a primary translation from German and not yet proof-read by a native English speaker. Source references are omitted)

II. Franciszek Piper and The Number of Victims of Auschwitz
1. Introduction

In Part I of this article »The Four Million Number of Auschwitz: Origin, Revisions and Consequences« I described, that Franciszek Piper, head of the historic section of the Auschwitz-museum, let himself always guide by political and ideological opportunism. During the time of the communist regime he accepted the four million faithfully and blindly according to the party instructions, but as soon as the regime broke down he freed himself from the rubble of the Soviet propaganda and published a pretentious „scientific“ piece with the title The Number of Victims of Auschwitz. This study was regarded highly by the official historians. In the following article I shall show now, what it’s real quality is all about.

2.The number of Deported Jews
F. Piper investigates the extent of the Jewish transportations to Auschwitz from the various countries and summarizes the results in tables, in which he enumerates the corresponding transports (p. 182-198). On page 199 he then represents the final result of his summaries.
In this Section the soundness of these conclusions will be checked in detail.

2.1. HUNGARY
Number of Deportees: 438,000 (p. 182 and 199). A total of 437,402 Jews were deported from this country between May and July 1944, of these however arrived at the most 398,400 in Auschwitz according to present day level of knowledge.2 Therefore the number quoted by F. Piper is by 39,600 too high.

2.2 POLAND
Number of deportess: 300,000 (p. 183-186 and 199). F. Piper notes for the time from May to August 1942 the following – allegedly all gassed – transports from Polish ghettos:

DATE OF ARRIVAL PLACE OF ORIGIN DEPORTEES
May 5, 1942 Dąbrowa Górnica 630 G
May 12, 1942 Sosnowiec 1.500
May 1942 Zawiercie 2.000
May 1942 Będzin 2.000
June 17, 1942 Sosnowiec 1.000
June 20, 1942 Sosnowiec 2.000
June 1942 Biesko-Biała 5.000 G
June 1942 Olkusz 3.000 G
June 1942 Krzepice 1.000 G
June 1942 Chrzanów 4.000 G
August 1-3, 1942 Będzin 5.000 G
August 15, 1942 Sosnowiec 2.000
August 16, 1942 Sosnowiec 2.000
August 17, 1942 Sosnowiec 2.000
August 18, 1942 Sosnowiec 2.000
Total 35.130

These transports are pure inventions; there is not the trace of an indication of these in the existing documentation, and in her Auschwitz-Kalendarium Danuta Czech cannot furnish the slightest proof for the reality of these transports. The transports marked by me with a »G« are mentioned in the well known Atlas of the British-Jewish historian Martin Gilbert, a study without any sources and which therefore has no historical value at all, because it is impossible to seperate within it reality from phantasy.
The alleged transport of November 1942 with 1000 Jews from Grodno (Piper does not give the exact date), who were allegedly all together gassed right after their arrival, is taken from D. Czech’s Kaledarium; the same is true for the transport with 1000 Jews from Bialystok of November 8, 1942. For both transports D. Czech quotes as a source the diary of Dr. Johannes Kremer:

»This is the 12th Sonderaktion, in which Dr. Kremer participates. (KL Auschwitz in th eyes of the SS, a.a.O. Diary Kremers, p. 232).«]
»This is the 13th Sonderaktion, in which Dr. Kremer participates. (KL Auschwitz in th eyes of the SS, a.a.O. Diary Kremers, p. 232).«


This source is in the book, to which D. Czech refers to, itself refuted. In the book Auschwitz in den Augen der SS (Auschwitz in the eyes of the SS (edition 1997) the corresponding part from the diary of Dr. Kremer is actually quoted as follows:

»November 8, 1942. Participated tonight in 2 Sonderaktionen in rainy gray fall weather (12. and 13.)«

Dr. Kremer neither mentions the arrival of those two transports nor the number of admissions, and both cases are therefore pure inventions by D. Czech.
In a footnote Jadwiga Bezwińska as well as Danuta Czech explain themselves (!):9

»Jews from the concentration camp Lublin (Majdanek) arrived. 25 men were assigned as inmates to the camp; the others (number unknown) were gassed«.

With other words: D. Czech never had in her possession any proof for the arrival of the two mentioned transports in Auschwitz, and therefore these are to be catagorized as pure inventions. The same about the transport of 2,500 Jews from Chrzanów on February 18, 1943, with the source from the already quoted Atlas by M. Gilbert.
The transport with 4,000 Jews from Łomża of January 14, 1943 is not even listed in D. Czech’s Kalendarium. The same for the transport with 1,000 Jews from Czestochowa on June 25, 1943, for the one with 5,000 Jews from Tarnów on September 2, 1943, for the one with 3,5000 Jews from Przemyśl on September 2, 1943, for the one with 1,000 Jews from Rzeszów in November 1943, the one with 600 Jews from Borysław on March 28, 1844 as well as finally the one with 700 Jews from Borysław on June 22, 1944.
Thus comprises the second group of transports a further 20,3000 fictitious deportees.
An even more characteristic example for F. Piper’s work methods is the case of Lodz. The subtotal of his tabel about transports of Polish Jews to Auschwitz is 225,464 deportees. This table lists among others 11 transports from the ghetto of Lodz, to which F. Piper assigns a – incomplete – number of 4,818 deportees. He then adds a further 55,000 to 65,000 Jews sent to Auschwitz from this ghetto for August and September, 1944 and arrives thus to the already mentioned total number of 300,000 Jewish deportees who arrived from Poland.
However subtracting the subtotal from the overall total reults in (300,000 – 225.464 =) 74,536 deportees. To these have to be added the 4,818 which were already included in the table, which comes to 79,354 Jews who were sent to Auschwitz from Lodz, but Piper specifies there number between 60,000 to 70,000, so that the resulting number from his table is by 9,354 higher than the maximum number stated by himself. But this difference is not deciding; the reality actually looks quite different. As I described in my article »The Evacuation of the Ghettos of Lodz and the Deportations to Auschwitz (August 1944)« , is the number of the Jews sent from Lodz to Auschwitz about 22,5000, which shows that F.Piper pulled a further 56,854 deportess out of his hat.
In all is the number of the fictitious Jewish Arrivals from Poland therefore (35,130 + 20,300 + 56,854 =) about 112,300.

2.3 FRANCE
Number of deported: 69,114 (rounded to 69,000) (p. 187f.).
Piper’s source is here the known documentation of Serge Klarsfeld, in which the number of the French Jews deported to Auschwitz is listed as 68,921. However F. Piper did not consider the Jews which were selected in Kosel, whose number according to Klarsfeld was between 3,056 and 4,000 (so we can use a medium value of 3,500). Therefore the number of Jews who arrived in Auschwitz is about (68,921 – 3,500) =) about 65,400, and the number listed by Piper is by (69,000 – 65,400 =)3,600 to high.

2.4 HOLLAND
Number of deported: 60,085 (rounded to 60,000) (p. 189f.). Piper neglects in this case also the Jews which were sorted out in Kosel, which is numbered by the Dutch Red Cross at 3,540.

2.5 GREECE
Number of deported: 54,533 (rounded to 55,000) (p. 191 an 199). In the relevant tabel is a transport with 2,500 Jews which arrived on August 16, 1944 from the Island Rhodos listed. But the same transport comes up also in the table for Italy, except that the date of arrival is here July 23, 1944, and the number of deported is listed as 1,805. As the Italian historian Liliana Picciotto Fargion explains, a transport with 1,820 Italian Jews did leave the Dodekanes (Rhodos and Koo) on July 23, 1944, which made an intermediate stop in Athen on August 3 and arrived in Auschwitz on August 16. F. Piper counts it, as we have seen, twice and gives the different number in each case. This transport has to be counted under Italy, since those islands were at that time Italian, and the number of deported Jews from Greece has to be reduced by 2,500.

2.6 THERESIENSTADT
Number of deported: 46,099 (rounded to 46,000) (p. 192). According to the memorial book of the ghetto in Theresienstadt 43,454 Jews were transferred to Auschwitz from 1942 to 1944, so that Piper’s number is by about 3,400 too high.

2.7 JUGOSLAVIA
Number of the deported: 10,000 (p. 196 and 199). For the transports from Zagreb on May 7 and 13, 1943 F. Piper counts a total of 4000 deportees, while D. Czech numbers these to 2,000. This means that F. Piper here sucked 2,000 deportees out of his fingers.

2.8 BELGIUM
Number of deported: 24,906 (rounded up to 25,000, p. 197 and 199).As a source Piper used here a book by Maxim Steinberg, which actually did mention 24,906 Jews deported from Belgium to Auschwitz, but also mentions, that of these 1,380 were selected in Kosel. Therefore Piper lists the number of deportees by about 1,400 too high.

2.9 ITALY
Number of deported: 7,422 (rounded to 7,500) (p. 109f.) 5,951 Jews were sent from Italy to Auschwitz, to which 1,820 Jews from the islands Rhodos and Koo (Dodekanes) have to be added. Therefore the total is 7,711 and Piper’s number is too low by 300.

2.10 CONCENTRATION CAMPS, AUXILIARY CAMPS AND OTHER PLACES
Number of deportees: 34,000 (p. 199).
Piper simply lists here the number without specifying the origin and number of transports. According to D. Czech’s Kalendarium is the number of deported under this category about 12,500, to which 7,500 Jewess’s who arrived from Plaszow on August 6, 1944 as well as 1,400 Jews who also came from Plaszow on May 14, 1944, therefore a total of 21,400. Under these circumstances is Piper’s number too high by 12,600.

2.11 SUMMARY
We summarize: F. Piper invented at least 180,600 Jews who were deported to Auschwitz. Accordingly 180,600 have to be subtracted from the total number of 1,095,190 Jewish deportees as is listed in his Table 28 on p. 199, and the actual total is about 914,600, of which about 205,000 were registered (p. 103).

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Postby Sailor » 1 decade 6 years ago (Mon Apr 28, 2003 9:17 pm)

3. The Number of Registered, of Non-Registered (Accommodated in the Birkenau Transfer Camp) as well as of Allegedly Gassed.

On p. 102 F. Piper includes a table which indicates that a total of 400,207 prisoners were registered in Auschwitz. On p. 118 is another table with the numbers which were assigned to the prisoners, according to an account based on D. Czech’s Kalendarium. The listed total number – 390,500 – does not include the estimated 11,000 (11.186) prisoners for re-education, so that the actual total number of the registered is about 401,500. The following table summarizes the numbers of the surviving inmates, as furnished by F. Piper:

YEAR TRANS-FERRED RELEASED ESCAPED LIBRATED S.
1940 92 ? 3 152
1941 2.282 ? 6 154
1942 2.916 997 48 156
1943 19.859 0 139 160
1944/1945 163.000 500 300 8.000 163
Total 188.149 1.497 496 8.000

Adding the prisoners for re-education to this will result in a total of 198,142 survivors. To this have to be added, according to Piper, the

»25,000 non-registered prisoners who were after a brief stay in the KL Auschwitz transferred to other concentration camps« (p. 163f.),

so that according to him there was a total of about 223,000 survivors. Under these circumstances is the number of dead according to Piper (1,300,000 – 223,000 =) 1,077,000, but Piper rounds it up to a total of 1,100,000.
The total number of 1,300,000 deportees to Auschwitz as listed by F. Piper includes also groups of non-Jews, which were according to his allegations murdered in the camp without registration: 3,000 Soviet POWs, 1,700 gypsies , 10,000 Poles (p. 149f.), a total of 14,700 or rounded up 15,000 (p. 200). Actually – with the exception of some dozens of Poles – there is absolutely no documentary base for these allegations, so that also these allegedly non-registered killed can be banned into the realm of fantasy.
The number of the non-registered admitted to the Birkenau transfer camp is considerably higher than F. Piper admits. To this category belong at least 79,200 Hungarian Jews and about 19,400 Jews from Lodz. On October 2, 1944 there were 17,251 Jewesses still in the transfer camp who were then included with the camp population, without being assigned a registration number. The number of inmates who did not receive such a number was at least 98,600. Andrzej Strzelecki confirmed the believability of this number when he wrote:

»Between May-October 1944 several tens-of-thousands, most probably up to 100-thousand Jewish prisoners went without registration through the camp Birkenau«.
And finally F. Piper underestimates the number of the Jews who were transferred out of Auschwitz in 1944 as well as the beginning of 1945 considerably, because in actuality this number was until January 17, 1945 not less than 192,3000. At that time there were in the camp still 67,000 prisoners, of these about 58,500 were transferred and 8,5000 remained.

4. The Number of Dead (Registered Inmates)

4.1.) 1940-1941
For this period F. Piper calculates 21,000 dead. Since the (incompletely survived) documentation begins on July 29, 1941 (death certificate No. 1 of the inmate Peter Pakosch), F. Piper relies in his calculations on the difference between the numbers of the registered and those who were actually in the camp, as well as escaped or dismissed prisoners. A more exact calculation, which I will publish some other time, results in 19,500 victims during this period, including the Soviet POW’s.

4.2.) 1942
F. Piper says that the highest registration number which appears in the (incomplete) last “Sterbebuch” (death book) of 1942 is 45,616. It was assigned to the female inmate Erna Haubenstock on December 31 of that year, but the document shows that this woman died on December 23. Since this “Sterbebuch” listed as an average 128 deaths per day it stands to reason, so F. Piper, that until December 31 still further 1000 prisoners died and the total number of dead according to the “Sterbebücher” therefore is about 47,000 (p. 156). Actually the highest documentary supported number of deaths is the number 47,020 (the deceased was the Jewish inmate Jacques Caufman). Not included in this number are the 1,427 Soviet POWs who perished in 1942, whose death is separately listed in the “Totenbuch” (death book).
F. Piper asks finally the question, whether this number is accurate, and negates it with the following argumentation:
From the opening of the camp until December 31, 1942 were about 126,000 inmates registered. Of these still existed 29,630 on January 1, 1943 and therefore about (126,000 – 29,630 =) 96,500 were missing. Of these 23,500 disappeared in the two previous years 1940 and 1941, and in 1942 were 2,916 transferred to other camps; furthermore 48 escaped and 997 were discharged. Under these circumstances Piper deduces, that one has to assume that in the year 1942 a total of about (96,500 – 23,500 – 2,916 –48 – 997 =) 69,000 prisoners died, therefore about 22,000 more than were listed in the “Sterbebücher”.
To explain this alleged difference F. Piper refers to a former Auschwitz inmate Klari Weiß, who worked in the political department of the camp:

»Because of my access to the files I can estimate, that there were about 48,000 natural deaths in the camp in 1942. The natural deaths of Jews were not listed in 1943, however the files about 35,000 deaths of non-Jews were kept. The number of natural deaths of non-Jews in 1944 were about 30,000« (p. 227).

F. Piper underlines, that Klari Weiß talks only about »natural deceases«; therefore there are 22,000 additional as calculated by him

»”not natural” deceases – these inmates were killed in the gas chambers and with phenolin injections.« (p. 158).

In actuality F. Piper’s calculation has absolutely no proof, because first it has to be shown that there was a double book keeping for the deaths, one official – the “Sterbebücher” for the registered – as well as one unofficial about “non natural” deceased. Of the latter there are not the least documentary traces; there is not a single example of a decease other than the officially listed in all documents about the mortality in Auschwitz – the “Leichenhallenbuch” (morgue book) (13,526 deceases), the “Stärkebuch” (number of inmates book) (22,168 deceases) as well as death certificates (4,839 deceases) – this information is on p. 155 of F. Piper. On the contrary: As Thomas Grotum and Jan Parcer emphasize, the “Sterbebücher” include clearly indications about “non-natural’ deceases, like those 67 inmates who were “shot during an escape”.31 The two authors even explained:

»Most death causes, as can be found in the death entries, were feigned. In order to cover up the true circumstances of the deaths of the Auschwitz-inmates the clerks had instructions to choose for the death cause from a prepared list of possible deceases.«

In the following they add:

»Among the 68,864 death entries are 2,727, where “sudden heart failure” is mentioned as the cause for death. In several of these cases it can be shown, that in reality these were unnatural death causes«.

Thus were according to T. Grotum and J. Parcer the “non-natural” deceases listed in the death books, either explicit or implicit, with false entries for the cause of death. On the other hand is the number of the examples mentioned by them so small, that the allegation is not justified, that »most causes of death« were stated falsified. Assumedly actual manipulations went back to the desire to bypass the rigid bureaucratic praxis, which was laid down in the regulations for the concentration camps in 1941. According to it the following documents had to be prepared in duplicate »in cases of unnatural deceases and suicides«:

1 Interrogation protocol of the witnesses
1 Report for the commandant
1 Death certificate by the doctor
1 Autopsy report
1 Funeral certificate of the SS- and police court
1 Termination certificate of the SS- and police court.

Assumedly the people responsible thought in some cases to be easier to bypass the bothersome bureaucratic paperwork and to list a false cause of death.
In view of these facts the thesis of F. Piper has to be discarded as being unsound. Because, as is common knowledge, the documentation about Auschwitz is incomplete, there is no reason to assume that the numbers of transferred, escaped and released prisoners as listed by F. Piper with reference to D. Czech’s Kalendarium are complete. For comparison: D. Czech listed for the year 1944 less than half of the actual transferees from Auschwitz to other camps.2
For this reason the exact opposite of F. Piper’s assertion is true: Because all deceases were entered into the death books, the missing 22,000 inmates cannot be deceased in the camp, and they have to belong to the other three categories, mainly of course the one of transferees.

4.3.) 1943
F. Piper indicates that the highest registration number in the last death book of the year 1943 is 36,991 and was assigned to the inmate Zelik Gieclik, who died on December 18. Because the average daily mortality during during that period was about 105, 1,400 further inmates died until December 31, so that the total number of deceased for 1943 is to be estimated at over 38,000 (p. 160).
However this calculation is erroneous: While the last death book of the year 1942 (No. 31) survived only incomplete, this is not the case for the last death book for 1943 (No. 25); this one is complete and the apparent discrepancy is because the numbering of the registrations was not handled in strict chronological order. The relevant death book actually covers the period until December 31, 1943, and the highest listed number of a decease is 36,983; the dead is the inmate Stanislaw Domanski.
F. Piper refers a second time to Klari Weiß, who according to him said,

»that the deceases of Jewish inmates in 1943 were not anymore registered, even in case of a “natural” death (in this case were probably no death certificates prepared). As Klari Weiß reports, results from her evidence, that in 1943 a total of 35,000 non-Jews died.« (p. 160)

However this allegation also cannot be backed by documents in any way, and F. Piper’s hypothesis, that the Jewish inmates who died of a natural (or unnatural) death could have disappeared without a death certificate (even with a falsified entry of the cause of death) from the camp’s population, is simply wrong.
F. Piper again took again refuge to a personal method of calculation, in order to account for the difference between the number of dead as alleged by him and those listed in the death books. He emphasizes that until the end of 1943 about 282,000 prisoners were registered of which there were still 85,298 in December 31, 1943 in the camp, so that about 197,000 inmates were missing. Of these, he writes, about 96,500 disappeared in the previous years (1940 to 1942). In 1943 were 19,859 prisoners transferred to other camps and 139 escaped, so that the number of the perished in that year (197,000 – 96,500 – 19,859 –139 =) is about 80,500 (p. 160ff.) and accordingly by about 43,500 above the documented number. These are probably in reality also mostly transferred prisoners.

4.4.) 1944 (-1945)
F. Piper maintains, that for this year no document at all about the mortality in Auschwitz survived, however D. Czech’s Kalendarium states that »in the year 1944 were about 30,000 registered inmates killed« (p. 162). In order to determine the number of victims for 1944 he uses the following method of calculation:
The total number of registered prisoners in the camp of Auschwitz since its existence is about 400,200, of these 197,000 disappeared until the end of 1943 from the camps population. Of the remaining 203,000 were 163,000 transferred or evacuated, 300 escaped, about 500(?) were released and about 8,000 were liberated by the Soviets. Under these circumstances, argues F. Piper, is the number of the perished in 1944 to be estimated at (203,000 – 163,000 – 300 – 800(?, Rudolf, check number) – 8000 =) 30,000 (p. 163). He states,

»that the number of 30,000 deaths includes Jews as well as non-Jews, and those who died of a “natural” death as well as killed inmates.« (p. 163)

On the other hand Klari Weiß explains, that

»the number 30,000 refers only to non-Jews and only to inmates who died of a “natural” death.«

In order to explain this contradiction, F. Piper resorts to the idea of a general falsification of the »Sterbefalldokumentation« (death documentation), allegedly used by the SS for reasons of camouflage. This “explanation” is simply nonsense, because if it is true that in 1944 a total of 30,000 prisoners perished, and if it is further correct that in the same year 30,000 inmates were gassed, it has to be concluded according to the famous mathematician Adam Riese, that in 1944 not a single inmate died of a natural cause, which of course is a radical impossibility.
Furthermore F. Piper underestimates the number of those, which were transferred or evacuated from Auschwitz almost criminally. Because if the about 8,500 inmates, who stayed in the camp until the Red Army arrived, are allowed for, the actual number is about 250,000 and in no way 188,888 (163,000 registered as well as 25,000 non-registered).
A correct calculation of the number of dead for 1944 looks as follows:
The population of the camp was on December 31, 1943 about 85,298. 114,500 inmates were registered in 1944, while a further 98,600 went through the transfer camp in Birkenau. During that year at least 250,800 prisoners were transferred or evacuated, 300 escaped and about 8,500 stayed in the camp until the end. Of these 536 died, and their corpses were autopsied by the Soviets. Under these circumstances the number of those who died can not been higher than about ([85,298 + 114,500 + 98,600] – [250,800 + 300 + 500 + 8,500] =) about 38,500.
The order-of-magnitude of this number is in agreement with the one mentioned by Klari Weiß. The numbers of Klari Weiß agree by the way quite well with the ones which are documented, they can therefore be considered reliable. Not correct of course are her statements about the categories to which the deceased should be listed. The reason for her incorrect statements in this respect can be easily seen. In the judgment of the Höß-trial was arbitrarily the allegation made, that in Auschwitz 300,000 registered inmates died or were killed, so that Klari Weiß could of course , not testify in the later Cracow trial against the camp personal, that “only” the inmates died who were registered in the death books; she had to maintain, that there were besides these additionalcases of death.
F. Piper explained, that the number of 340,000 dead among registered, which is often mentioned in the Auschwitz-literature, is based

»on an erroneous interpretation of the number mentioned by Sehn, which covers the transferred inmates in Auschwitz as well in other concentration camps« (p. 164)

Although it is true that the Polish judge Jan Sehn wrote:

»More than 400,000 inmates, listed in different registration series arrived in the camp Auschwitz. Of these died 340,000 in Auschwitz and other camps, to which they were transferred.«

But if this statement is interpreted wrongly, than nobody else is responsible for this than F. Piper, since he himself alleged in 1978, that in Auschwitz »about 340,000 of the registered inmates – men, women and children« died or were killed.

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Postby Sailor » 1 decade 6 years ago (Mon Apr 28, 2003 9:23 pm)

5. Conclusions
What has been explained so far permits to come to the following (preliminary) conclusions:

1. The number of deportees to Auschwitz is about 1,111,100, of these 914,600 were Jews and 196,500 non-Jews.

2. About 401,500 prisoners were registered in the camp, of these about 205,000 were Jews as well as non-Jews.

3. The number of Jews who were assigned to the “Durchgangslager” (transfer camp) of Birkenau and then transferred to other camps is not less than 98,600.

4. At least 250,800 prisoners were transferred or evacuated in 1944 as well as in January 1945.

5. The number of those who perished in Auschwitz is about 135,000. The breakdown of the deceased for the various years is listed in the following table:
1940-1941 19.500
1942 48.500 (48.447)
1943 37.000 (36.991)
1944 30.000
1945 500 (536)
TOTAL 135.500

6. The total number of the released, escaped, transferred and liberated by the Soviets inmates is at least ([401.500 + 98,600] – 135,500] =) 364,600.

7. The difference between these numbers and the total number of the deportees to Auschwitz is maximal (1,111,100 – 364,600 – 135,500 =) about 611,000, or 55%. These are according to the official history the “non-registered gassed”.

8. A total of not less than 500,100 prisoners were admitted to the camp, of these about 401,500 registered and about 98,600 weere quartered in the transfer section of Birkenau.

6. The Fate of the Missing Jews
It is hardly necessary to emphasize that neither F. Piper nor any other historian has ever furnished not even a trace of a proof for the gassing of the non-registered inmates, who are by and large probably identical with those unable to work. On the other hand it can be proven without any doubt, that two of the most exploited alleged gassings - the one of the Birkenau gypsy camp in Birkenau (2,897 inmates) as well as those of the inmates of the ghettos of Lodz (66,900 inmates) – were actually historiographic falsifications.11 Not a single one of the other alleged gassings can be backed up with documents.
Furthermore it is a fact, that the official history until 1989 considered that at least 79,200 non-registered Hungarian Jews, who were assigned to the transfer camp, as “gassed”.41 F. Piper however still counts of these (79,200 – 25,000 =) 54,200 as gassed!
As far as the fate of these 611,000 missing Jews is concerned, there are various documentary sources which indicate that they were deported further to the east. Reichsminister Albert Speer talked about this in this connection with expressed reference to Auschwitz in an important document of the »Ostwanderung« (Eastward Emigration).

7. Meaning and Importance of Jean-Claude Pressac’s and Fritjof Meyer’s Revisions as well as Future Revisions
In the first part of this article I emphasize, that an investigation of the number of victims of Auschwitz, which follows from a technical point of view, must lead necessarily to a radical shrinking of the allegedly “gassed” in that camp. Without any doubt will the number of 1.1 million dead, as published by F. Piper, like the honorable Soviet propaganda number of four million, soon be thrown into the garbage can of history.
In fact were the number by Piper and accepted by the official history drastically reduced by Jean_Claude Pressac and Fritjof Meyer. These reductions are without question a direct consequence of the revisionist research work.
Jean-Paul Pressac starts with 667,200-747,200 Jews who were sent to Auschwitz; he lists the number of dead among the registered camp inmates with 161,000 (including 15,000 Soviet POW’s and 20,000 gypsies) and believes that there were 470,000 to 550,000 non-registered Jewish gassed.
Pressac refers in his calculation to the study of F. Piper, but corrects the number of admitted Jews from Poland and Hungary as well as the number of deaths among registered inmates downward.
Regarding Poland he believes that the number of assumed passengers of the individual train transports is excessively high and reduces the total number from 300,000 to 150,000. He bases this mainly on the relation between those who can work (30 to 35 %) and those who are unable to work (65 to 79%); according to this there were 50,000 employable (registered) Polish Jews against 150,000 non-employable (non-registered). However in the case of the deportations from Bendsburg and Sosnowitz Pressac used an argumentation which is revisionist. He emphasizes, that according to D. Czech’s Kalendarium in the beginning of August 1943 within six days 23,714 “non-employable” Jews were sent to Auschwitz, additionally one transport from France and one from Belgium. If all these Jews were really gassed, then the number of daily gassed would have been in the average 4,000. Pressac believes, that the operating crematoriums at that time – Krema I, III and V – had a daily cremation capacity of 1,750 corpses, and that this was reduced to 1,500 after shutting down Krema I at the end of July 1943. Thus, according to Pressac, was the cremation of such a large number of corpses not possible; he continues:

»It appears, that the – anyway poorly estimated by the eye witnesses –number of Jews per transport (2000 to 3000) was doubled.«

Although Pressac uses an untenable high cremation capacity (the actual maximal capacity of crematoriums III and V was together about 460 corpses per day), he uses a typical revisionistic technical argumentation and therefore abandons the testimonies of the witnesses as unreliable.
In the case of the Jewish transports from Hungary Pressac made use of one of my arguments which I made already a long time ago; this was based on a problem which could not be solved at that time, but could be explained in the meantime.45
Pressac accepts the number of about 438,000 deported Hungarian Jews between May to July 1944, but he thinks, that of these only 160,000 to 240,000 arrived in Auschwitz.46 Unfortunately he cannot explain, where the remaining 198,000 to 278,000 went.
About the number of deaths among registered inmates he accepts for 1942 and 1943 the data of the death books, uses for 1944 the numbers of Klari Weiß, and determines for the period from January 1 to 18, 1945 a – certainly too high – number of 1,500 dead and posits for the period from May 1940 to the end 1941 a number of victims of 11,988. He adds to this 15,000 Soviet POW’s and 20,000 gypsies, and arrives at a total of 161,000 dead. Since the number deceased among the gypsies are already included in the death books, the number 20,000 has to be deducted from Pressac which results in a number of dead of 141,000, which is approximately identical with the number which I quoted in this article.
The weak point of the revision undertaken by Pressac is mainly the number of the Hungarian Jews sent to Auschwitz. (That the number of deported Hungarian Jews quoted by Piper is actually very inflated can be assumed as certain). There is no doubt, that several transports with Hungarian Jews were sent to Austria (Straßhof and Gänserndorf), to Bergen-Belsen, to Latvia and to Eastland; presumable did further transports arrive in Plaszow, Cracow, without an intermediate stop in Auschwitz. Still, the numbers as listed by Pressac cannot be proven documentary according to today’s knowledge.
From a Statistical point of view future additional revisions of the deportees to Auschwitz will depend first of all on new findings about the deportations of Hungarian Jews to other places than Auschwitz.
Fritjof Meyer revised in May 2002 the number of victims even more radically than Pressac, and not only with reference to the new reduction of the number (he mentions 510,000 perished in Auschwitz, of these 356,000 allegedly gassed), but especially with regards to the method.
Meyer’s procedure is barely veiled revisionism. He looks at it not from statistical, but technical consideration: His drastic reduction of the number of victims as quoted by Piper are based actually mainly on a technical criterion, namely the capacity of the cremation ovens of Auschwitz-Birkenau. I indicated in an earlier article, that Meyer’s choosing of this criterion is unassailable, but he uses it incorrectly, because the technical data which he accepts do not agree with the reality.50 Nevertheless did F. Meyer deal the official history two deadly blows, first by accepting the technical method of the revisionists and from it concluded that no historic foundation exists for the thesis of mass gassings, and second because any reduction in the number of victims in Auschwitz, which is less than the number of the missing inmates means de facto that a corresponding number of non-employable were transferred from Auschwitz to other places.
By using the number of 356,000 gassed Jews in Auschwitz, as quoted by F. Meyer, one arrives at the conclusion that (611,000 – 356,000 =) 255,000 non-employable Jews left the camp alive and were transferred somewhere else. In this case Auschwitz certainly could not have functioned as an extermination camp for non-employable Jews, and this key argument of the official history collapses in itself.

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Re: Mattogno about Piper: The Number of Victims of Auschwitz

Postby Hebden » 1 decade 6 years ago (Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:48 am)

Sailor wrote:This is Part II of a piece by Mattogno:
The Four Million Number of Auschwitz: Origin, Revisions and Consequences

(This is a primary translation from German and not yet proof-read by a native English speaker. Source references are omitted)


Do you know if Mr. Mattogno writes his articles for VffG in German?
The English translation of his work that we have read is often characterised by a certain infelicitious style. Whether the author or the translators are primarily responsible for this, we do not know. Admittedly the subject matter concerned does not always lend itself to elegant expression.

II. Franciszek Piper and The Number of Victims of Auschwitz
1. Introduction

In Part I of this article »The Four Million Number of Auschwitz: Origin, Revisions and Consequences« I described, that Franciszek Piper, head of the historic section of the Auschwitz-museum, let himself always guide by political and ideological opportunism. During the time of the communist regime he accepted the four million faithfully and blindly according to the party instructions, but as soon as the regime broke down he freed himself from the rubble of the Soviet propaganda and published a pretentious „scientific“ piece with the title The Number of Victims of Auschwitz. This study was regarded highly by the official historians. In the following article I shall show now, what it’s real quality is all about.


This is how we would improve the above paragraph, without doing undue violence to the text:

In Part I of this article »The Four Million Number of Auschwitz: Origin, Revisions and Consequences« I described how Franciszek Piper, head of the historic section of the Auschwitz-museum always allowed himself to be guided by political and ideological opportunism ['expediency' might be an alternative]. During the time of the communist regime he accepted the four million faithfully and blindly according to Party instructions, but as soon as the regime broke down he freed himself from the rubble of the Soviet propaganda and published a pretentious „scientific“ piece with the title The Number of Victims of Auschwitz. This study was highly regarded by the official historians. In the following article I shall now show what its real worth is.
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Postby Sailor » 1 decade 6 years ago (Tue Apr 29, 2003 12:11 pm)

The translation from Italian to German in the VffG magazine was done by Graf.

Mr. Hebden, I appreciate any corrections of the English. I translated very close to the German text and I realize that it does not read very "smooth" in some places.

If there is any interest I can also post the first part of the article, about the Four Million Soviet number, how it was calculated and the implications when the number was reduced. Please let me know.

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Postby Hebden » 1 decade 6 years ago (Tue Apr 29, 2003 1:21 pm)

Sailor wrote:The translation from Italian to German in the VffG magazine was done by Graf.

Mr. Hebden, I appreciate any corrections of the English. I translated very close to the German text and I realize that it does not read very "smooth" in some places.

If there is any interest I can also post the first part of the article, about the Four Million Soviet number, how it was calculated and the implications when the number was reduced. Please let me know.

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By all means. We read everything of Mr. Mattogno's with interest.

Here is our suggested reworking of section 2:


2.The number of Deported Jews

F. Piper investigates the extent of the Jewish transportations to Auschwitz from the various countries and summarizes the results in tables, in which he enumerates the corresponding transports (p. 182-198). On page 199 he then represents the final result of his summaries. In this Section the soundness of these conclusions will be checked in detail.

2.1. HUNGARY
Number of Deportees: 438,000 (p. 182 and 199). A total of 437,402 Jews were deported from this country between May and July 1944; of these, however, 398,400 at the most arrived in Auschwitz according to the present day level of knowledge.2 Therefore the number quoted by F. Piper is too high by 39,600.

2.2 POLAND
Number of deportees: 300,000 (p. 183-186 and 199). F. Piper notes for the time from May to August 1942 the following – allegedly all gassed – transports from Polish ghettos:

DATE OF ARRIVAL PLACE OF ORIGIN DEPORTEES
May 5, 1942 Dąbrowa Górnica 630 G
May 12, 1942 Sosnowiec 1.500
May 1942 Zawiercie 2.000
May 1942 Będzin 2.000
June 17, 1942 Sosnowiec 1.000
June 20, 1942 Sosnowiec 2.000
June 1942 Biesko-Biała 5.000 G
June 1942 Olkusz 3.000 G
June 1942 Krzepice 1.000 G
June 1942 Chrzanów 4.000 G
August 1-3, 1942 Będzin 5.000 G
August 15, 1942 Sosnowiec 2.000
August 16, 1942 Sosnowiec 2.000
August 17, 1942 Sosnowiec 2.000
August 18, 1942 Sosnowiec 2.000
Total 35.130

These transports are pure inventions; there is not the trace of an indication of these in the existing documentation, and in her Auschwitz-Kalendarium Danuta Czech cannot furnish the slightest proof for the reality of these transports.

The transports marked by me with a »G« are mentioned in the well known Atlas of the British-Jewish historian Martin Gilbert, a study without any sources and which therefore has no historical value at all, because it is impossible to separate within it reality from fantasy.

The alleged transport of November 1942 with 1000 Jews from Grodno (Piper does not give the exact date), who were allegedly all gassed together right after their arrival, is taken from D. Czech’s Kalendarium; the same is true for the transport with 1000 Jews from Bialystok of November 8, 1942. For both transports D. Czech quotes as a source the diary of Dr. Johannes Kremer:

»This is the 12th Sonderaktion, in which Dr. Kremer participates. (KL Auschwitz in th eyes of the SS, a.a.O. Diary Kremers, p. 232).«]
»This is the 13th Sonderaktion, in which Dr. Kremer participates. (KL Auschwitz in th eyes of the SS, a.a.O. Diary Kremers, p. 232).«

The source, in the book to which D. Czech refers, refutes this itself [think we know what the author means but difficult to express]. In the book Auschwitz in den Augen der SS (Auschwitz in the eyes of the SS (edition 1997) the corresponding part from the diary of Dr. Kremer is actually quoted as follows:

»November 8, 1942. Participated tonight in 2 Sonderaktionen in rainy gray fall [English version has rainy and murky] weather (12th and 13th)«

Dr. Kremer neither mentions the arrival of those two transports nor the number of admissions, and both cases are therefore pure inventions by D. Czech.
In a footnote Jadwiga Bezwińska as well as Danuta Czech explain themselves (!):9

»Jews from the concentration camp Lublin (Majdanek) arrived. 25 men were assigned as inmates to the camp; the others (number unknown) were gassed«.

In other words: D. Czech never had in her possession any proof for the arrival of the two mentioned transports in Auschwitz, and therefore these are to be catagorized as pure inventions. The same with the transport of 2,500 Jews from Chrzanów on February 18, 1943, with the source from the already quoted Atlas by M. Gilbert.
The transport with 4,000 Jews from Łomża of January 14, 1943 is not even listed in D. Czech’s Kalendarium. The same for the transport with 1,000 Jews from Czestochowa on June 25, 1943, for the one with 5,000 Jews from Tarnów on September 2, 1943, for the one with 3,500 Jews from Przemyśl on September 2, 1943, for the one with 1,000 Jews from Rzeszów in November 1943, the one with 600 Jews from Borysław on March 28, 1844 as well as finally the one with 700 Jews from Borysław on June 22, 1944.
Thus comprises the second group of transports, a further 20,3000 fictitious deportees.
An even more characteristic example for F. Piper’s work methods is the case of Lodz. The subtotal of his table regarding transports of Polish Jews to Auschwitz is 225,464 deportees. This table lists among others 11 transports from the ghetto of Lodz, to which F. Piper assigns a – incomplete – number of 4,818 deportees. He then adds a further 55,000 to 65,000 Jews sent to Auschwitz from this ghetto for August and September, 1944 and arrives thus to the already mentioned total number of 300,000 Jewish deportees who arrived from Poland.
However, subtracting the subtotal from the overall total results in (300,000 – 225.464 =) 74,536 deportees. To these have to be added the 4,818 which were already included in the table, which comes to 79,354 Jews who were sent to Auschwitz from Lodz, but Piper specifies their number between 60,000 to 70,000, so that the resulting number from his table is higher by 9,354 than the maximum number stated by himself. But this difference is not deciding [not sure what is meant here] ; the reality actually looks quite different. As I described in my article »The Evacuation of the Ghettos of Lodz and the Deportations to Auschwitz (August 1944)« , is the number of the Jews sent from Lodz to Auschwitz about 22,5000, which shows that F.Piper pulled a further 56,854 deportees out of his hat.
In all the number of the fictitious Jewish Arrivals from Poland is therefore (35,130 + 20,300 + 56,854 =) about 112,300.

2.3 FRANCE
Number of deported: 69,114 (rounded to 69,000) (p. 187f.).
Piper’s source here is the known documentation of Serge Klarsfeld, in which the number of the French Jews deported to Auschwitz is listed as 68,921. However F. Piper did not consider the Jews that were selected in Kosel, whose number according to Klarsfeld was between 3,056 and 4,000 (so we can use a medium value of 3,500). Therefore the number of Jews who arrived in Auschwitz is about (68,921 – 3,500) =) about 65,400, and the number listed by Piper is too high by (69,000 – 65,400 =)3,600.

2.4 HOLLAND
Number of deported: 60,085 (rounded to 60,000) (p. 189f.). Piper neglects in this case also the Jews that were sorted out in Kosel, who were numbered by the Dutch Red Cross at 3,540.

2.5 GREECE
Number of deported: 54,533 (rounded to 55,000) (p. 191 an 199). In the relevant table is listed a transport with 2,500 Jews which arrived on August 16, 1944 from the Island Rhodos. But the same transport comes up also in the table for Italy, except that the date of arrival is here July 23, 1944, and the number of deported is listed as 1,805. As the Italian historian Liliana Picciotto Fargion explains, a transport with 1,820 Italian Jews did leave the Dodekanes (Rhodos and Koo) on July 23, 1944, which made an intermediate stop in Athens on August 3 and arrived in Auschwitz on August 16. F. Piper counts it, as we have seen, twice and gives a different number in each case. This transport has to be counted under Italy, since those islands were at that time Italian, and the number of deported Jews from Greece has to be reduced by 2,500.

2.6 THERESIENSTADT
Number of deported: 46,099 (rounded to 46,000) (p. 192). According to the memorial book of the ghetto in Theresienstadt 43,454 Jews were transferred to Auschwitz from 1942 to 1944, so that Piper’s number is too high by about 3,400.

2.7 YUGOSLAVIA
Number of the deported: 10,000 (p. 196 and 199). For the transports from Zagreb on May 7 and 13, 1943 F. Piper counts a total of 4000 deportees, while D. Czech numbers these to 2,000. This means that F. Piper here sucked 2,000 deportees out of his fingers. ('pulled 2,000 deportees out of his hat' would be a suitable alternative).

2.8 BELGIUM
Number of deported: 24,906 (rounded up to 25,000, p. 197 and 199).As a source Piper used here a book by Maxim Steinberg, which actually did mention 24,906 Jews deported from Belgium to Auschwitz, but also mentions, that of these 1,380 were selected in Kosel. Therefore Piper lists the number of deportees too high by about 1,400.

2.9 ITALY
Number of deported: 7,422 (rounded to 7,500) (p. 109f.) 5,951 Jews were sent from Italy to Auschwitz, to which 1,820 Jews from the islands Rhodos and Koo (Dodekanes) have to be added. Therefore the total is 7,711 and Piper’s number is too low by 300.

2.10 CONCENTRATION CAMPS, AUXILIARY CAMPS AND OTHER PLACES
Number of deportees: 34,000 (p. 199).
Piper simply lists here the number without specifying the origin and number of transports. According to D. Czech’s Kalendarium the number of deported under this category is about 12,500, to which [must be added] 7,500 Jewesses who arrived from Plaszow on August 6, 1944 as well as 1,400 Jews who also came from Plaszow on May 14, 1944, therefore a total of 21,400. Under these circumstances Piper’s number is too high by 12,600.

2.11 SUMMARY
We summarize: F. Piper invented at least 180,600 Jews who were deported to Auschwitz. Accordingly 180,600 have to be subtracted from the total number of 1,095,190 Jewish deportees as listed in his Table 28 on p. 199, and the actual total is about 914,600, of which about 205,000 were registered (p. 103).

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Postby Hebden » 1 decade 6 years ago (Tue Apr 29, 2003 3:30 pm)

The figures given in the Mattogno article for Jewish deportees detrained at Cosel:

France: whose number according to Klarsfeld was between 3,056 and 4,000 (so we can use a medium value of 3,500).

Holland: were numbered by the Dutch Red Cross at 3,540.

Belgium: Maxim Steinberg mentions that 1,380 were selected in Kosel.

In another thread, we quoted Mr. Zimmerman's book to the effect that 'The Red Cross notes that of the 27,503 deportees [of Dutch Jews] from August 28, 1942, to December 12, 1942, 6,078 men were seized for labor purposes before the transports reached Auschwitz.'

What is the explanation for the apparent discrepancy? Were there other labour selection stops in addition to Cosel? If so, would this have applied to transports other than Dutch ones?

We don't know the full story regarding the Red Cross's involvement with the transportation of Jews from France and the Low Countries but it seems to have been quite significant. Granted, they may not have been allowed access to the deportees once into Germany or Poland but as they seem to have been given accurate information on the labour taken off the trains before Auschwitz it suggests the Germans may also have been giving the Red Cross information on the fate of the rest of the transports -accurate or otherwise. The majority of the Jews deported in the first few weeks of the transports were in fact registered in Auschwitz (a circumstance which possibly served to ease any worries that the Red Cross and other agencies had at this time). Selections of those fit and able for work had apparently usually taken place before departure. We wonder if, as time progressed, and the labour value of the deportees decreased, the Red Cross made greater efforts to gain knowledge of where the Jews were going or to maintain contact with them. And if indeed the unwanted Jews were being killed in the gas chambers, weren't the Germans aware of the risk and afraid that the Red Cross might find out?

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Postby Hebden » 1 decade 6 years ago (Thu May 01, 2003 7:20 am)

= Mattogno

2.1. HUNGARY
Number of Deportees: 438,000 (p. 182 and 199). A total of 437,402 Jews were deported from this country between May and July 1944; of these, however, 398,400 at the most arrived in Auschwitz, according to the present day level of knowledge.2 Therefore the number quoted by F. Piper is by 39,600 too high.


What reference is given for the 398,400?

= Mattogno

The weak point of the revision undertaken by Pressac is mainly the number of the Hungarian Jews sent to Auschwitz. (That the number of deported Hungarian Jews quoted by Piper is actually very inflated can be assumed as certain). There is no doubt, that several transports with Hungarian Jews were sent to Austria (Straßhof and Gänserndorf), to Bergen-Belsen, to Latvia and to Ostland; presumably further transports arrived in Plaszow, Cracow, without an intermediate stop in Auschwitz. Still, the numbers as listed by Pressac cannot be documentarily proven according to today’s knowledge.
From a statistical point of view future additional revisions of the deportees to Auschwitz will depend first of all on new findings about the deportations of Hungarian Jews to other places than Auschwitz.


Of the 438,000 Hungarian deportees, it seems then we can account for at least (26,000 + 98,000 + 39,000 =) 163,000 of them. The potential of Latvia, and the Ostland in general, for being a major destination point for Hungarian Jews seems worth investigating. We vaguely recall a book Journey Through Hell by a Hungarian Jewess named Reska Weiss who was held, but not registered, in Auschwitz for a short time before being sent to, we think, a camp in Riga.
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Postby Sailor » 1 decade 6 years ago (Thu May 01, 2003 9:47 am)

Hebden wrote: What reference is given for the 398,400?


Mattogno refers in the notes to an earlier article by him: “Die Deportation ungarischer Juden von Mai bis Juli 1944. Eine provisorische Bilanz”, in VffG, 5(4) (2001), p. 389. (The Deportation of Hungarian Jews from May to July 1944. A Temporary Account).
http://www.vho.org/VffG/2001/4/Mattogno381-395.html

I could not find the English version of this article.

And thanks for the corrections of the translations.
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Postby Hannover » 1 decade 6 years ago (Thu May 01, 2003 10:08 am)

Sailor, how about a quick translation here.

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Postby Germania » 1 decade 6 years ago (Sat May 03, 2003 5:10 am)


Of the 438,000 Hungarian deportees, it seems then we can account for at least (26,000 + 98,000 + 39,000 =) 163,000 of them.


i dont understand your calculation,hebdn....can you explain???


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Postby Hebden » 1 decade 6 years ago (Sat May 03, 2003 6:37 am)

Germania wrote:

Of the 438,000 Hungarian deportees, it seems then we can account for at least (26,000 + 98,000 + 39,000 =) 163,000 of them.


i dont understand your calculation,hebdn....can you explain???


From memory, we believe that about 26,000 Hungarian Jews were registered at Auschwitz, a number which can be derived from the Auschwitz Chronicle.

The 98,000 is Mr. Mattogno's minimum figure for unregistered 'depot-prisoners' who were held in Auschwitz before being transported elsewhere. We don't know how this was calculated.

According to Mr. Mattogno, at least 39,000 Hungarian deportees did not arrive in Auschwitz.

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Postby Germania » 1 decade 6 years ago (Sat May 03, 2003 9:04 am)

oh,oh, big mistake,hebden!!!!!

learn reading, then studying the big guys!!!

mattognos figure for hungary depot prisoners is 79,200 not 98,600!!!! do you have a clue what this number mean,hebdn??? it means 49,200 hungary jews were transferred. and it means 30,000 where in the depot,fate not documented. truth is your figure is twice as high as mattognos sources allow!!!!!!

lesson learnd???

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Postby Hebden » 1 decade 6 years ago (Sat May 03, 2003 10:43 am)

Germania wrote:oh,oh, big mistake,hebden!!!!!

learn reading, then studying the big guys!!!

mattognos figure for hungary depot prisoners is 79,200 not 98,600!!!!


You are right. Mea culpa. Thank you for the correction.

do you have a clue what this number mean,hebdn??? it means 49,200 hungary jews were transferred. and it means 30,000 where in the depot,fate not documented. truth is your figure is twice as high as mattognos sources allow!!!!!!


We don't know what Mr. Mattogno's sources are. We provisionally correct our figure to (26,000+39,000+79,000) = 144,000 Hungarian Jews accounted for.

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Postby Moderator » 1 decade 6 years ago (Sat May 03, 2003 11:33 am)

Germania:

Please do not provoke Hebden or anyone else here. You pointed out his mistake and he acknowledged it...with thanks.

I deleted your unpleasant response which followed his acknowledgement.

Lighten up, please.

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