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anti-Revisionist Michael Shermer and his book debunked

Postby Hannover » 1 decade 7 years ago (Fri May 23, 2003 1:53 pm)

Michael Shermer has his head handed to him by Italy's Carlos Mattogno. Shermer attempts to appear objective, but as Mattogno quickly points out, it's for appearances only. Read on, comments invited.

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http://vho.org/~granata/denying-history.html
CARLO MATTOGNO
Exposing the Phony "Holocaust Denying History and Truth" "convergence of evidence" of not-so-skeptic Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman

INTRODUCTION

Denying History. Who Says the Holocaust never Happened and Why Do They Say it? by Michael
Shermer and Alex Grobman [1] smears 'holocaust' Revisionism while purporting to be
objective and scientific.

These authors pretend to defend freedom of speech while compiling page after page of their
purported historical philosophy, embarking upon various excursions, which beyond a
scholarship display, is more banally served up as simply filling. After a job "lasting several
years" requiring them to go from the United States to Europe for "a search in the camps, in
particular to Mauthausen, Majdanek, Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, Dachau, Auschwitz and
Auschwitz-Birkenau." [ sic! ] (p. 127) - imagine after all the expenses paid by their financial
backers, they couldn't simply put out a booklet of some tens of pages - trimming without
tinsel.

Denying History has grand ambitions, to: "take up the contentions of the Holocaust deniers,
point by point, and refute them, down to the smallest detail," according to Arthur Hertzberg
(p.xiii), prefacing a contention clearly expressed by the authors:

"In the process we thoroughly refute the Holocaust deniers' claims and arguments,
present an in-depth analysis of their personalities and motives, and show precisely, with
solid evidence, how we know the Holocaust happened" (p.2). Sherman and Grobman
maintain that their book is "a thorough and thoughtful answer to all the claims of the
Holocaust deniers..." (p.259).

So, Sherman and Grobman refuted "thoroughly" all the theses of all the Revisionists. This is
absolutely false.[2] That claim by these authors is challenged as a lie, right from the start.

To such teachers of lies, I have already dedicated three studies in which I have pointedly
refuted their false accusations; they are:

Olocausto: dilettanti allo sbaraglio. Edizioni di Ar, 1996, 322 pages;
L "Irritante questione " delle camere a gas ovvero da Cappuccetto Rosso ad...Auschwitz.
Risposta a Valentina Pisanty. Graphos, Genoa, 1998, 188 pages;
Olocausto: dillettanti a convengo. Effepi, Genoa 2002, 182 pages.

To these I add my two responses to Professor John C. Zimmerman:

John C. Zimmerman and "Body Disposal at Auschwitz": Preliminary Observations, and
Supplementary Response to John C. Zimmerman on his "Body Disposal at Auschwitz."[3]

Nobody has ever answered the questions presented in these above works, while patently false
theses which I have demonstrated as being false but which have appeared in books by authors
such as Pierre Vidal-Naquet and Valentina Pisanty - two names among others - continue to be
cited in the writings of "anti-deniers," thereby keeping alive a whole series of incestuous
citations - a procedure which Sherman and Grobman obviously attribute to revisionist
historiography (p.251). After John C. Zimmerman saw my second response to his "critique,"
he was so devastated that this poor professor vanished with his silence when confronted with
my arguments. [4]

Far from ravings of unmentioned anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi tracts, this present work, all
rigorously documented, was born from my indignation of the imposture of Shermer and
Grobman, and above all, stems from the pleasure I have in unmasking them to re-establish
historical truth.

Being quite aware that this work may fall into the silent catacombs of holocaust
historiography, it is never-the-less hoped that it may prove useful to some honest people free
from prejudice, not only because they may be presented with new considerations resulting from
the above-mentioned works, but also because it is a demonstration of how one historical
Revisionist can demolish in a few weeks a work that "lasted for years" with the collaboration
of the world-wide holocaust lobby. As for historians who do not partake in this despite the
solid arguments that provoke their silent embarrassment, that is beyond doubt most
disturbing.



CHAPTER I

Revisionists and Revisionist Methodology

A) Revisionists

In contrast to predecessors, Sherman and Grobman purport to be on a strictly scientific plane:

"We think it's time to move beyond name calling and present the evidence " (pp.16-17).

But with that, they nevertheless demonstrate that they know the nature of previous critics of
Revisionism: They give us insult and no proof!

They even go so far as to reject the most worn out anti-Revisionist prejudicial arguments: "The
subtleties and complexities of the Holocaust denial movement deny such global labels as
"antisemitic " or "neo-Nazi." To resort to labels is to misunderstand what is really going on
and therefore to swat down straw men" (p16). But then Sherman and Grobman simply cannot
resist the temptation to resort to the labels of "anti-Semite" and "neo-Nazi," alleging that
accordingly, in Revisionism "the anti-Semitic topic returns over and over" (p.87) and that "it
seems difficult to clearly separate the Holocaust denial movement from antisemitic sentiments"
(p. 87).

And, dulcis in fundo: [sweeter, deeper]

"Holocaust deniers, in our opinion, find empowerment through the rehabilitation of
those they admire and the denigration of those they perceive to be squelching their
admiration [...]. The history of the Holocaust is a black eye for Nazism. Deny the veracity
of the Holocaust, and Nazism begins to lose this stigma" (p.252).

This is the actual significance of the formula according to which revisionism is "the rewriting
of the past for present personal or political purposes" (p.2) of which the authors prefer! (see
pp.34 and 238). Therefore Sherman and Grobman re-enter from the window the trite
defamations they pretended to disdain from the door, and the insults re-enter also. Nobody "in
their right mind would say that the Holocaust never happened" (p. 40), ergo ...

Without taking into account that Revisionism "is facing history and the way in which the
science of history is practiced" (p. 251), and "a looking-glass world where black is white, up is
down, and the normal rules of reason no longer apply" (p.1).

Sherman and Grobman say Revisionists "are highly motivated, reasonably well financed [if
only that were true] and often well versed in Holocaust studies. [... ]. The deniers know a great
deal about the Holocaust " (pp. 17 - 18 ). Indeed, "relatively pleasant" (p.40) American
Revisionists have been encountered, which seems a little strange for alleged neo-Nazi
anti-Semites who are not "in their right mind"!

But the truth regarding Historical Revisionism is another thing entirely. Every pretense to force
Revisionist historians into the worn out category of anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism comes
about invariably "for personal or political reasons," and is as misleading as the title of that
book by Sherman and Grobman: Denying History. What Revisionist historians deny is not
"history," but the distorted interpretation of history, dished up by Court Historians.
Revisionism, born from denying this distortion, is the reassertion of historical truth.

The Revisionist activity of Paul Rassinier began as a denial of lies which the concentration
camp literature of the post-war period was studded. [5] There was much indignation to the
façade of lies and a burning desire by Rassinier to re-establish truth. That is one of the most
important motivations driving Revisionist historians: indignation to the imposture of Court
Historians. They misuse their positions by being able to trick unaware readers, and their
official positions can only be maintained by their continuing ability to trick unaware readers.
My motivation in exposing the fraudulent Denying History was my indignation to the
Sherman/Grobman imposture and my desire to reaffirm historical truth.

As we see in their Introduction, the authors claim to have refuted "in detail" all the theses of
all the Revisionist historians, and in regard to this they maintain:

"We tried to check the accuracy of our assumptions about the deniers by meeting and
interviewing the major players of the Holocaust denial movement, and reading their
literature carefully" (p. 4).

For them, Revisionism is confined to M. Weber, D. Irving, R. Faurisson, B. Smith, E. Zündel
and D. Cole (pp. 46-71). Arthur Butz is already too hard a bone to chew for Sherman and
Grobman, therefore they limit themselves to liquidate his work The Hoax of the Twentieth
Century as "the book that has become the Bible of the movement" (p. 40) , which evidently is
the only one worth mentioning in their narrow provincialism, and that is all. The same thing
goes for their judgment of Mark Weber as "the one who has the most knowledge of the history
of the Holocaust" after D. Irving (p. 46). Sherman and Grobman, in their America-centric
megalomania, have forgotten three significant details:

1.They have only taken up a small part of American Revisionism (ignoring for example F.
Berg, W.N. Sanning, S. Crowell, B. Renk, T. O' Keefe, W. Lindsey, M. Hoffman);
2.American Revisionism is only one small part of world-wide Revisionism;
3.American revisionism, with all due respect for its history, as far as research goes, is very
far from being the most important part of world-wide Revisionism, which includes
European Revisionism. But for Sherman and Grobman, European Revisionism
apparently means only Robert Faurisson, whose theses, upon examination, are only an
insignificant part, and moreover, as we shall see in the following paragraph, more
shameless misrepresentation!

The truth is that currently, European Revisionism means the journal Vierteljahrshefte für freie
Geschichtsforschung (PO Box 118, Hastings TN34 3ZQ, England), with its founder, Germar
Rudolf, and his collaborators. European Revisionism also means Jürgen Graf, J.M. Boisdefeu,
Enrique Aynat, Henri Roques, Pierre Marais, Serge Thion, P. Guillaume, Udo Walendy, I.
Weckert, H.J. Nowak, W. Rademacher, among other writers. In order to cite the most
noteworthy, see "Essential Revisionist Bibliography" in the 1996 study already cited, Olocausto:
dilettanti allo sbaraglio, (pp. 308-309). Out of 33 titles presented there, Sherman and Grobman
considered merely 4, of which only 3 were Americans! And, although Sherman and Grobman
selected this modest selection of Revisionism, they still had to struggle for years just to give an
appearance of a response with their Denying History.

"This problem came to our attention in talking to the top Holocaust scholars in the
world. In many cases we have had to go to great lengths during this multiyear project to get
answers to our questions" (p.2) [my emphasis].

So "the top Holocaust scholars in the world" didn't know how to respond to Sherman and
Grobman! We figure that - according to their deceptive premises - if they would have had to
correctly answer all the arguments of Revisionism, their "project " would have taken decades!

B) The true historical methodology versus the alleged methodology of Revisionists

In Chapter 9 Sherman and Grobman present a long excursus on " the Rape of Nanking " - an
alleged war crime during the Japanese invasion of the Chinese city of Nanking in December
1937 - whose historical reconstruction "culminated on May 3, 1946, when the International
Military Tribunal for the Far East opened what became known as The Tokyo War Crimes
Trial" (p. 236). In other words, the presumed fact was "reconstructed" in order to demonstrate
inhumane Japanese ferocity and to morally justify the atomic devastations of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki as well as the carpet bombing of Tokyo by the Americans.

After this diversion, our authors finally return to their topic, with their ten hinges of scientific
methodology:

1.How reliable is the source of the claim? Deniers may appear quite reliable as they cite facts
and figures, but closer examination often reveals these details have been distorted or
taken out of context.
2.Has this source made other claims that were clearly exaggerated? If an individual is known
to have stretched the facts before, it obviously undermines his or her credibility. [...]
3.Has another source verified the claim? Typically deniers will make statements that are
unverified or verified only by another denier. [...] Outside verification is crucial to good
science and good history.
4.How does the claim fit with what we know about the world and how it works? [...].
5.Has anyone, including and especially the claimant, gone out of the way to disprove the
claim, or has only confirmatory evidence been sought? This is what is known as
"confirmation bias," or the tendency to seek confirmatory evidence and reject
disconfirming evidence. [...].
6.In the absence of clearly defined proof, does the preponderance of evidence converge on the
claimant's conclusion or a different one? Deniers do not look for evidence that converges
on a conclusion; they look for evidence that fits their ideology. In examining their various
eyewitness accounts of the gassing of prisoners at Auschwitz, for example, we find a
consistent core to the stories, leading to a strong theory of what happened. Deniers, in
contrast, pick up on minor discrepancies in the eye-witness reports and blow these up as
anomalies that disconfirm the theory. Instead of reviewing the evidence as a whole, they
focus on any detail that supports their point of view.
7.Is the claimant employing the accepted rules of reason and tools of research or only ones
that lead to the desired conclusions? [...].
8.Has the claimant provided a different explanation for the observed phenomena rather than
just denying the existing explanation? [...].
9.If the claimant has proffered a new explanation, does it account for as many phenomena as
the old explanation does? [...].
10.Do the claimant's personal beliefs and biases drive the conclusions or vice versa? (pp.
248-250).

And here is the alleged behavior of Revisionists as per Sherman and Grobman:

"Deniers are routinely unreliable in their selection of the historical facts. They often make
outrageous claims. The claims are rarely verified by other sources, and when they are,
these sources are often incestuous. Deniers almost never attempt to disprove their claims
and, instead, seek only confirmatory evidence. They generally do not play by the
agreed-upon rules of historical scholarship, offer no alternative theory to account for the
historical data, and thus can muster no convergence of evidence for their nonexistent
theory [sic]. Finally, as we have demonstrated with a preponderance of evidence,
Holocaust deniers' personal beliefs and biases dictate their conclusions." (p. 251).

Well, this demonstrative study "with a preponderance of evidence" by Sherman and Grobman
has given us the true picture of their own methodology. But before entering into the heart of
this discussion, some general observations are in order.

To begin with, it would be much too easy to find the entire work of Sherman and Grobman as
failing in terms of their point 1 based upon their selection of authors and Revisionist
arguments, to amputate and distort in such a way, their entire thematic picture. In their work,
the authors have adopted a magical formula: "convergence of evidence," allegedly adopted
from official historians and presumably neglected by Revisionist historians. That formula was
invented by R.J. van Pelt in his expert opinion as part of the Irving-Lipstadt trial and known
as "The Pelt Report." There does not exist any evidence of any extermination of Jews in
homicidal gas chambers. So van Pelt collected so-called "indications" (including those by J.C.
Pressac), and then illicitly promoted them to "evidence" and then invented "convergence of
evidence" which is nothing but imposture.

I examined "convergence of evidence" regarding Auschwitz adduced by the authors. The
eyewitness testimonies all have a "solid nucleus" according to Sherman and Grobman,
converging toward reality of homicidal gassings. Revisionist historians, on the other hand,
attack "smaller discrepancies" and "any detail" in order to demolish the entire testimony.

First of all, Sherman and Grobman as well as most Court Historians, ignore the integral texts
of these entire eyewitness testimonies, and only present certain details, [6] and by carefully
selecting steps in the testimonies, create illusory "convergence" while purging all the
contradictions that they contain.

A typical example of this "convergence" is offered to us from G. Reitlinger. Describing the
alleged homicidal gassings in Birkenau, he appeals:

a) to Ada Bimko for so-called "railwagons" transporting corpses to ovens;

b) to Miklos Nyiszli for an alleged execution gassing process;

c) to Charles Sigismud Bendel for evacuation of gas chambers. [7]

Examining the narration of Reitlinger, it seems that all the witnesses describe the same
structures and the same allegations, but reality is very different. Ada Bimko never put foot in a
crematory. She invented a fanciful story of someone else's visit to a crematory and allegedly
someone "saw" a gas chamber equipped with "two huge metallic containers containing gas"
and railtracks that led directly to crematory rooms. [8] The unprovided "eyewitness" in fact
believed that alleged homicidal gassings occurred with a gas similar to methane (therefore
inventing the two tanks) and according to the so-called Vrba-Wetzler relationship, a narrow
gauge track ran from "the gas chambers" to "the ovens." [9] But in reality, nobody of the
Birkenau Crematory (the premises to which official historiography attributes homicidal gas
chambers), as being connected to crematory ovens via rail tracks and little wagons. Therefore
that draft is a grossly false testimony. [10]

M. Nyiszli and C.S. Bendel, two self-styled members of the so-called "Sonderkommando" [11]
of Birkenau who allegedly lived in the same places at the same time, at first described the
alleged gas chambers of Crematory II and III of Birkenau, as measuring 30 x 7 x 2.41 x 200
meters, [12] and then the second so-called eyewitness Bendel, has the premises as being 10
meters long, 4 meters wide, and 1.60 meters high. [13] Now, is it just a minor "detail" that there
is such a discrepancy of the two testimonies regarding the measurements of those premises?

And how about the fact that Nyiszli invented and published in the Hungarian newspaper Világ
a whole series of articles purporting to be his sworn testimony at the IG-Farben trial which was
an entire fabrication? [14] Another minor "detail"?

And what about the many historical falsifications that I have put into evidence in an
appropriate study? [15] More minor "details"?

Another example of false "convergence" is the description of so-called eyewitnesses F. Müller
and M. Nyiszli regarding the alleged gassing process where the first one plagiarized the second
one (using the German translation which appeared in the magazine " Quick " of Munich in
1961 with the title Auschwitz. Tagebuch eines Lagerarztes ), where it invented a scene falsely
describing Zyklon B as being used for alleged homicidal gassings supposedly consisting of
chlorine so that consequently it would have been greater than the density of air. [16] So we
have a "convergence," alright, but of a lie. Another "convergence" of a lie is the "tall tale" of
so-called metallic net devices for allegedly introducing Zyklon B into presumed homicidal gas
chambers of Crematory II and III, ostensibly manufactured by M. Kula and allegedly "seen"
by H. Tauber - devices that never existed! [17] So this is how they fabricate "convergence of
evidence"! We shall present other examples.

Point 2 of the methodology principles of Sherman and Grobman reads that "if an individual is
known to have stretched the facts before, it obviously undermines his or her credibility." In
other words, if an individual is a liar, that individual is not credible. But just look at how these
Court Historians disregard this principle with their eyewitnesses! As far as eyewitnesses at
Auschwitz goes, I assert with certainty and without fear of refutation that nobody - and I
emphasize nobody - has told the truth about the crematory ovens of Birkenau, but all - and I
emphasize all of them have under false pretenses shamelessly lied about the conduction and
cremation capacity of these systems, topping with the apex of ridiculous absurdities such as D.
Paisikovic (that cremation took 4 minutes!) [18] and of S. Jankowski alias A. Feinsilber (that in
every muffle 12 corpses at a time were cremated!) [19] and of M. Nyiszli (that the capacity of
Birkenau crematory was 20,000 corpses per day!) [20]

How about verification of sources? Here we have a book of over 350 pages, in which Sherman
and Grobman not only claim they refuted all the theses of all the Revisionists, and purport to
have demonstrated that the so-called Holocaust really happened, and the authors generally
entrust themselves to second hand sources as far as testimonies are concerned, and as far as
documents are concerned, they cite only four.

Since their published methodology imposes upon Sherman and Grobman the obligation to
verify sources, one would expect they had checked their references. Let's verify.

On page 107 they have SS - Standartenführer Paul Blobel in connection with so-called "Aktion
1005" (more on this in section 3 of Chapter III), to which they cite document PS-3197 (note 20
on page 272), but the correct reference is No-3947, affidavit of Paul Blobel dated 18 June 1947.

On page 175 Sherman and Grobman falsely state:

"On November 26, 1945, at the first Nuremberg trial, the Nazi physician Dr. Wilhelm
Hoettel [sic] testified .. ".

In reality Wilhem Hoettl never testified at Nuremberg; the authors take for a "testimony" a
simple "affidavit" redacted on 26 November 1945 (Document PS-2738, as is indicated on page
277, note 5).

On page 186 the authors purport a passage of a speech by Hans Frank, head of the
Generalgouvernement on 7 October 1940. The reference they give is PS-3363 (note 28 p. 278).

But in reality that speech (to which we shall return in Section 7/1 of Chapter III) really
occurred on 20 December 1940 and the actual document is PS-2233!

On page 194, Sherman and Grobman state there was a report by Himmler to Hitler dated 29
December 1942 which they reference as "N.D. 1120, prosecution exhibit 237" (note 47 p.279).
But in reality this refers to document N0-511.

This is how Sherman and Grobman respect their obligation to verify their sources!

And with their failure to comply with point 4 of their methodological decalogue in mind, here
we have these authors stating

"the deniers' elaborate conspiracy theories about how the Jews have concocted the
Holocaust history in order to extract reparations from Germany and support for Israel
from Americans."

Previously Sherman and Grobman had written that "some deniers" assert that

"there was a conspiracy by Zionists to exaggerate the plight of Jews during the war in
order to finance the State of Israel through war reparations ." (p. 106).

As a source for this foolish "tall tale" Sherman and Grobman present the following in their
Note 13 on page 271:

"See P. Rassinier, Debunking the Genocide Myth: A Study of the Nazi Concentration
Camps and the Alleged Extermination of European Jewry (Los Angeles: Noontide Press,
1978)."

Now that reference does not cite any page because that "tall tale" was invented by the authors;
it is nothing other than a passage in the preface of a book by Pierre Hofstetter, who stated that

"...the entire Zionist establishment has built the State of Israel on the myth of the six
million." [21] That is the Zionists have taken advantage of, not created, this "myth."

Concerning R. Faurisson , Sherman and Grobman present even more dishonesty; on page 59
they write:

"In a 1987 publication, for example, he [Faurisson] claimed that British Holocaust
historian Martin Gilbert had misstated the size of a gas chamber in order to make it fit an
eyewitness account of the number of Jews gassed there on a particular occasion.
Faurisson failed to take into account the simple fact that eyewitness details may be
inadvertently inaccurate (in this case possibly exaggerated) and thus perhaps Gilbert's
source was incorrect."

So this was supposed to have been a "blunder" by Faurisson.

We are verifying, according to the requirement of the methodological decalogue of the authors.

In a report of 6 May 1945, Kurt Gerstein wrote that from 700 to 800 people were placed into a
gas chamber of 25 square meters and 45 cubic meters, [22] which would mean that 28 to 32
persons could occupy a square meter! Here's how Martin Gilbert put this in 1979:

"About seven to eight hundred people in an area of about a hundred square meters." [23]

Therefore M. Gilbert did not " misstate" the size of the alleged gas chamber, but falsified the
data contained in the original document because it is so absurd. As for the authors, it is
precisely they who have made the big "blunder," because after all, in the first place, they didn't
verify the source of M. Gilbert and in the second place they invented the 'tall tale' from
another source which they used!

Continuing with the reading:

"He made a similar blunder over his analysis of the famous Gerstein document. Kurt
Gerstein was an SS officer involved in ordering Zyklon-B gas used for both delousing and
homicide who, before he died in captivity after the war, gave testimony to the homicidal
use of the fumigant. Faurisson and others looked for internal contradictions in his
confession, claiming, for example, that the number of victims packed into the gas
chambers could not have physically fit. It turns out that Faurisson was basing his
estimates on the number of people who fit comfortably into a subway car; others
(including deniers) have since disproved his estimates." (pp. 59-60).

The reference is supposed to be in the book by P. Vidal-Naquet, Assassins of Memory (1992),
65-74, (Note 65, page 267). In reality, in this book there is not a trace of this silly "tall tale,"
which has been invented by Sherman and Grobman. Those authors are not even shrewd
enough to realize that this is their "blunder" regarding the same passage of the same document
of their previous citation! Now, in order to demonstrate the impossibility that in their
presumed gas chamber where there were supposed to be compressed 28 to32 people per square
meter, was there really any need of a comparison with a subway car? Both M. Gilbert and the
Jewish historian L. Poliakov intuitively understood, so much so that they both falsified the
data of K. Gerstein! [24]

But the methods of the adversaries of Revisionism are not aberrant merely in one field. Here
are other examples from Sherman and Grobman.

They recount that on 27 February 1993 Mark Weber was

"the victim of a Simon Wiesenthal Center sting operation in which the researcher Yaaron
Svoray, calling himself Ron Furey, met with Weber in a café to discuss The Right Way, a
magazine invented to trick neo-Nazis into identifying themselves" (pp. 46-47, my
emphasis) .

Therefore the prestigious Wiesenthal Center is devoted to deceit and lies! By a singular
coincidence, one of the authors of Denying History, Alex Grobman, is "founding editor-in-chief
of the Simon Wiesenthal Annual"! (from their book cover).

The second case concerns the former Jewish Revisionist David Cole. In 1998, Robert J.
Newman published an announcement on the web page of the notorious Jewish Defense League
entitled " David Cole: Monstrous Traitor" which was formulated as a ransom on his life. D.
Cole understood perfectly (he "was deadly afraid for his life, that someone would find him and
shoot him") and he retracted everything (pp. 72 -73).

To the lies and deceit, threats are also added - not from street hooligans, but from prestigious
[! ] Jewish institutes!



CHAPTER II

THE "CONVERGENCE OF EVIDENCE" OF GAS CHAMBERS

A) the six sequences of "convergence of evidence"

In chapter six, mainly about Auschwitz, but also including Majdanek and Mauthausen, the
authors purport "proving gas chambers and crematoria were used for genocide" (p.126). They
present six proofs which, as they say, "converge on this conclusion" (p. 128).

Let's examine these "proofs":

1.Written documents - orders for Zyklon B (the trade name of hydrocyanic acid, which is
embedded in diatomaceous earth pellets), architectural blueprints, and orders for building
materials for gas chambers and crematoria
2.Zyklon-B gas traces [ sic! ] on the walls of the gas chambers at several camps
3.Eyewitness testimony - survivor testimonies, Jewish Sonderkommando diaries, and
confessions of guards and commandants
4.Ground photographs - not only of the camps, but also of burning corpses (photos taken
secretly and smuggled out of Auschwitz)
5.Aerial photographs - indicating prisoners being moved toward gas chamber/crematorium
complexes, and matching those of ground photographs corroborating gas chambers and
crematoria structures
6.The extant ruins of camps - examined in light of the above sources of evidence (pp. 127
-128).

Now, before refuting this presumed convergence of evidence regarding Auschwitz, Majdanek
and Mauthausen, it would be appropriate to explore its nature and its approximate value.

Regarding the ordering of Zyklon B, these authors say nothing. They simply limit themselves
to repeating as on page 133, the phrase "orders for Zyklon-B gas" and this constitutes their
"convergence of evidence"! But even if they had articulated their argument better (something
they evidently were not in a position to do), this "evidence" can only be glaring nonsense.
Since Zyklon B was well-known in all German concentration camps for disinfestation, how
could it be deduced that this ordinary insecticide was used for mass murder? As an example,
getting back to Kurt Gerstein, who was "involved in ordering Zyklon-B gas" (p. 59), Sherman
and Grobman present 12 invoices from Degesch in his name concerning the supply of 2,370 kg
of Zyklon B from 16 February to 31 May 1944, 1,185 kg for Auschwitz and 1,185 kg for
Oranienburg . [25] From what can the assumption be that the supply of Zyklon B to Auschwitz
is "evidence" of mass extermination, especially since at Oranienburg (Sachsenhausen) nobody
claims there was any mass extermination in homicidal gas chambers using Zyklon B?

The Authors even say nothing on "architectural blueprints, and orders for building materials
for gas chambers and crematoria," an intentionally obscure phrase, because it insinuates that
documents exist concerning homicidal gas chambers, which is false. As for crematory ovens,
there is abundant documentation, but there is no evidence that they were used for the
cremation of homicidally gassed persons. Indeed, from the Sherman and Grobman study, the
contrary conclusion emerges with certainty: and that is that neither the coke supply nor the
duration of the refractory masonry of the muffles could have concurred cremation greater than
the number of corpses of registered prisoners who died of natural causes, [26] and this is one
convergent evidence of the unreality of homicidal gas chambers of which Sherman and
Grobman are silent.

Concerning "Zyklon-B gas traces" we return as follows:

There are various examples of the way Court Historians create "convergence" of testimonies:
first of all, by extrapolating single passages from testimonies, keeping quiet about the
obviously absurd ones, and which according to point 2 of our authors' methodological
decalogue, reduces their credibility and renders Sherman and Grobman unreliable. In the
second place, silently passing over the enormous reciprocal contradictions concerning essential
issues which such testimonies introduce.

We shall see another case of false "convergence" regarding "cremation pits."

Those "ground photographs," including those that show " bodies burning," do not prove
anything regarding alleged mass extermination in homicidal gas chambers. As I have
demonstrated elsewhere, [27] the practice of burning corpses out in the open at Birkenau was
put into effect when the crematory was temporarily out of service and when there was a lack of
coke required for running the crematory ovens. This is not a case in which Sherman and
Grobman have also let fall this "evidence." The air photographs shall be examined.

B) Auschwitz Gas Chambers

1) "Zyklon-B Traces"

The treatment of this "evidence" begins with the Sherman and Grobman paragraph labeled
"Zyklon-B Traces" (p. 129). As I have indicated several times, this foolish phrase is a result of
ignorance of terminology regarding this issue. Obviously "Zyklon-B traces" are in reality
cyanide traces, which is a very different thing. On this topic, the foremost authority is Germar
Rudolf, a chemist by profession, and author of a meticulous scientific study on the "gas
chambers" of Auschwitz , [28] which examines the issues of the structures of the disinfestation
systems at Auschwitz (Chapter I), of the formation and stability of Prussian blue (iron cyanide)
(Chapter II), of the disinfesting gassing procedure with hydrocyanic acid (Chapter III).
Moreover, G. Rudolf collected various masonry samples from the disinfesting gas chambers
and from the alleged homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau, from which upon chemical analysis,
resulted in a maximum of 13.500 mg/kg for the first (gas chamber of BW 5b) and of 6,7 mg/kg
for the second one (Leichenkeller I or morgue of Crematory II). These results are reported in
Chapter VI, together with the results of previous chemical reports. After the conclusions
(Chapter VI), the Germar Rudolf study thoroughly refutes counter-reports regarding
homicidal gas chambers. (Chapter VI).

Now, Sherman and Grobman liquidate this fundamental study with a pair of insignificant
citations, even deforming the family name of Rudolf, whom they call "Rudolph." They choose
between a preliminary study which unavoidably introduced dubious aspects (The Leuchter
Report ) and the essential one which is unquestionably scientific. Sherman and Grobman
concentrated on the first one and silently passed over the second one which is convenient to
their thesis. But also discussing the Leuchter Report, Sherman and Grobman propose
arguments which shake up anyone who has a minimal competence in this matter.

On page 131 Sherman and Grobman write as follows:

"Faurisson indicates that there are traces of Zyklon-B in general buildings that were
fumigated as well as in the gas chambers; so he concludes that traces of Zyklon-B prove
nothing about the homicidal use of gas chambers. According to the pharmacist and
extermination camp expert Jean-Claude Pressac, however, Faurisson's defense does not
make sense since buildings and morgues are normally disinfected with antiseptics, whether
solid (lime, lime chloride), liquid (bleach, cresol), or gas (formaldehyde, sulfur
anhydride)" (p. 131, my emphasis).

Well, if there is something here that "does not make sense," it is just such an answer, because
although Faurisson did say "disinfection gas chambers," he clearly meant "disinfestation gas
chambers, " and with this play on words, these Court Historians constructed alleged
"confusing evidence"!

In the construction of such "proof" there is no lack of bad faith , because for example, in the
Kalendarium of Auschwitz, Danuta Czech also uses the term "Desinfektion" (disinfection) to
indicate the disinfestation [or delousing] with Zyklon B [29] but no official historian has ever
indicated that it "does not make sense"!

2) The Presumed Solubility of Prussian Blue

On page 132 the authors assert that the ruins of the alleged homicidal gas chambers are
"completely exposed to the elements for over half a century." Therefore they leave that to
mean that the Prussian blue which formed on the walls had dissipated. They then bring back
an argument by D. Cole, which

"...acknowledges that the extant ruins have been exposed to the elements but then
wonders why Zyklon-B blue staining remains on the outside of the brick gas chamber at
Majdanek, against which the Nazis beat clothing and blankets to remove the gas residue
(p. 132."

The authors comment:

"Wouldn't these blue stains have washed away in the weather as at Auschwitz? His
question sounds reasonable, but when we visited Majdanek we could see that the blue
staining on the outside bricks is minimal. Moreover, a roof overhang has protected the
bricks from rain and snow, so that the bricks at Majdanek are nowhere near as weathered
as the open rubble at Auschwitz." (p. 132).

Now, it is true that the blotches of Prussian blue on external walls of two disinfestation
chambers situated behind barrack " Bad und Desinkektion I "of Majdanek are meager, but
that on these walls the Nazis had beaten clothing and blankets in order to remove gas residuals
is not only false, but also contradictory, because the authors assert that these two premises
"were for the express purpose of gassing prisoners" (p. 163). We shall return to this issue.

It is moreover false that the wall at issue was protected - (for decades, according to meaning of
the authors, otherwise, their point would be dull) - by an overhang or canopy. This overhang
was in fact already in a state of being dismantled as of the camp's liberation in July 1944, and
the wall at issue already was exposed to the elements, [30] and so it has remained until today.

But, in the response of the authors, it is not so much what they say, but rather what they don't
say. They are silent about the fact that right there in Birkenau, a little more than 300 meters
from the ruins of Crematory II and III, the two external walls (North and South) of
disinfestation gas chamber of Bauwerk 5b are immense and intense blotches of Prussian blue
(in smaller amounts than in the walls of gas chamber BW 5a), already noted by Pressac, who
also photographed them! [31] Therefore the authors not only deliberately hide evidence here
which refutes their untenable hypotheses, but they try to confirm with bogus evidence.

3) Disappearing Doors and "Locks"

On page 132 Sherman and Grobman, anticipating their treatment of alleged Mauthausen
homicidal gas chamber write:

"When a question or a statement has no grounding in evidence, it becomes just a
rhetorical device and requires no answer. Consider, as yet another example, Cole's claim
that at Mauthausen the door of the gas chamber does not lock. True, the present door
does not lock, but that is irrelevant because it is not the original door. All we had to do to
find out that fact was ask."

Subsequently they add that "the gas chamber's original door is now in a museum." (p. 168).

Therefore "the" door to the gas chamber is not original: the original is to be found "in a
museum" and to know all about it, all one needs to do is "ask"! As is seen, Sherman and
Grobman , who want detailed analysis on the reliability of Revisionist sources, adduce
absolutely reliable sources here!

It's also necessary to note that the spirit of observation of the authors is not very sharp, given
that they also visited the alleged gas chamber at Mauthausen (of which they also published one
of their photographs), are not aware that the premises has two doors: but then why do they
assert that "the" door to the premises is not original? Here is a typical example of an
affirmation that "has no grounding in evidence" and therefore becomes "just a rhetorical
device"! A device that moreover denotes the singular ignorance of Sherman and Grobman, in
perfect accord with D. Cole, who seriously believe that the gas chamber had a "lock"! In
reality, the gas-tight doors closed with joint levers on slabs knit in the metallic chassis of the
door, such as are quite visible on all the disinfestation chambers at Majdanek. Sherman and
Grobman also saw this, and even made a photograph as is shown on page 167 figure 29, but
they have understood nothing of their functioning.

4) The "Reconstruction" of Auschwitz Crematory I

On page 132 Sherman and Grobman write:

"What about the "evidence" that Cole, Leuchter and Faurisson do present, such as their
"finding" that the residue from Zyklon-B in the gas chamber at Crematorium I at
Auschwitz (the original camp converted from a Polish army barracks) does not reach a
level consistent with extermination? Significantly, they fail to mention in their writings
that this building was reconstructed using both original materials and those from other
buildings. How knows what they actually "tested" in their research?"

Here Sherman and Grobman resort to one more falsehood: as we know, Crematory I never was
demolished and never was reconstructed. The source which they cite, the book of Deborah
Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt (note 35 on page 275), says in fact that yes, Crematory I was
"reconstructed," but it is clear that this refers to a presumed restoring to the original state with
the reconstruction of the chimney, of two crematory ovens, and with the realization of four
apertures or openings for the introduction of Zyklon B through the ceiling of the mortuary
chamber (the alleged gas chamber) [32] which never were destroyed. In order to avoid someone
discovering more falsehoods, the authors then committed more "errors" in the citing of the
reference to that work as "pp. 274 to 278" instead of p. 364!

5) An Original "Gas Chamber" Although Reconstructed!

And here the final pseudo reasoning, as worthy a conclusion as those previously:

"David cole, in his documentary of his visit to Auschwitz, dramatically proclaims that he
got the museum director to "confess" that the gas chamber was a reconstruction and thus
a "lie" thrust upon an unwitting public. We see this as classic denier hyperbole and
ideological flag waving. No one at Auschwitz - from the guides to the director - denies
that the gas chamber there is a reconstruction. A visitor has only to ask." (p.133).

This could also be true, but this refers to when the authors visited the camp, up until the end of
the 1990s , but it was not true in 1992, when David Cole recorded at Auschwitz. Naturally
Sherman and Grobman know this very well, because in the documentary video at issue, D.
Cole did not do anything other than to "ask" a guide, by the name of Alicia. Here are the
essential parts of their conversation:

"Here, in front of the gas chamber, I asked Alicia about the authenticity of that building.

Cole : Now, let' s start again talking about this building here.
Alicia : This is to crematorium/gas chamber.
Cole : But this is a reconstruction?
Alicia : It is in [ its ] original state.

Now there Alicia has very clearly represented the gas chamber as being in its original
state. Once inside, I asked her specifically about the holes in the ceiling.

Cole : Are these the original four holes in the ceiling?
Alicia : It is original. Through this chimney was dropped Zyklon B." [33]

Already in 1995, Krystyna Oleksy, civil employee of the director of the Museum, regarding the
presumed gas chamber declared to journalist Eric Conan:

« Pour l'instant, on la laisse en l'état et on ne précise rien au visiteur. C'est trop
compliqué ». [34]

As if the guides did not have to tell visitors that the premises were (poorly) restructured in
order for them to believe that it was a homicidal gas chamber in its original state! Here we
don't find the façade of a "classic denier hyperbole," but of a classic false contention of
Sherman and Grobman.


(The rest is coming soon - notes will appear at the very end, later.)


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Postby TMoran » 1 decade 7 years ago (Fri May 23, 2003 8:09 pm)

In many ways Michael Shermer is a total bungler.

In both of Shermers books, the one reviewed by Mattagno and his preceeding 'Why People Believe Weird Things' he presents a photo of Crema IV with the only basic difference being he corrected the identification of Crema V in the first book to Crema IV in the second.

The photo is a isolated view of Crema IV taken from the Allied aerial recon shot of May 31, 1944 and is captioned as "Prisoners on their way to gas chambers" with a highlighted box around the images he refers to.

As it turns out it so happens that the exact same images can be seen in the Allied photo of June 26, 1944 which would mean that either the highlighted boxed in features identified as prisoners would have been standing in the exact same place for almost a month or they are what they appear to be in association with proximate images - trees.

At best it would be 'Trees on their way to gas chambers'.

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Postby TMoran » 1 decade 7 years ago (Fri May 23, 2003 9:45 pm)

Shermer also mentions in his books getting a Neville Bryant, photo expert at NASA to help him to do 'digital enhancements' to the photos and the rendition we see in Shermer's book captioned 'Prisoners on the way to gas chamber' is one of them.

After his first book, 'Why People Believe Weird Things' came out I called Mr.Bryant about it and he more or less strove to disassociate himself from it all. We can see in Shermer's book he only refers to getting Bryant to do digital enhancements but he doesn't say anything about Bryant doing any interpretation.

I had ask Shermer about it during one encounter and he said that Bryant would be just not wanting to claim NASA was involved.

In the end run it's just a matter of Shermer dropping the name of NASA in his book anyway to give his nonsense some authority.

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Postby Hannover » 1 decade 7 years ago (Sat May 24, 2003 1:59 pm)

comedian, New Jersey Moran said:

At best it would be 'Trees on their way to gas chambers'.


At best, what Shermer's writing signifies is Shermer on the way to the bank....'The Bank of the Holocau$t' that is.
I would be curious to see just how much money Shermer has made with his anti-science offerings to the alter of True Believers.

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Postby TMoran » 1 decade 7 years ago (Sun May 25, 2003 10:09 am)

Shermer is probably into anti-revisionism because he is 'ethnically' tied to the Holocaust community.

The most poetically ridiculous thing about Shermer's campaign against Holocaust revisionism is that he positions himself as a master skeptic with his 'Skeptic Society' and yet he commits a lot of energy into anti-Holocaust skepticism. When it comes to the Holocaust story Shermer is one of the major anti-skeptics.

Shermer also puts himself into the hot seat by focusing his 'skepticism' against Christian fundamentalists/creationists. Whether or not that body of persons is bonkers or not their beliefs are nonetheless religious beliefs and if Shermer finds it okay to attack that then why does he strive ala 'between the lines' to portray Holocaust skeptics as bigots, misguided and sneaky in their methodology?

Studying Shermer's own methodology it's obvious he employs the same kind of tactics he accuses others of doing.

Check out this from Shermer -
"Methodology of Holocaust Denial"

Before addressing the three main axes of Holocaust denial, let us look for a moment at the deniers' methodology, their modes of argument. Their lacies of reasoning are eerily similar to those of other fringe groups, as creationists.

I. They concentrate on their opponents' weak points, while rarely saying anything definitive about their own position. Deniers emphasize the inconsistencies between eyewitness accounts, for example.

2. They exploit errors made by scholars who are making opposing arguments, implying that because a few of their opponents' conclusions were wrong, all of their opponents' conclusions must be wrong. Deniers point to the human soap story, which has turned out to be a myth, and talk about "the incredible shrinking Holocaust" because historians have reduced the number killed at Auschwitz from four million to one million.

3. They use quotations, usually taken out of context, from prominent mainstream figures to buttress their own position. Deniers quote Yehuda Bauer, Raul Hilberg, Arno Mayer, and even leading Nazis.

4. They mistake genuine, honest debates between scholars about certain points within a field for a dispute about the existence of the entire field. Deniers take the intentionalist-functionalist debate about the development of the Holocaust as an argument about whether the Holocaust happened or not.

5. They focus on what is not known and ignore what is known, emphasize data that fit and discount data that do not fit. Deniers concentrate on what we do not know about the gas chambers and disregard all the eyewitness accounts and forensic tests that support the use of gas chambers for mass murder.

There we have Shermer telling the world how Holocaust skeptics go about it. It's obvious he strives to portray them as dishonest and corrupt.

That is Shermer's methodology.

Just looking at Shermer's last statement "5." we can see where he says deniers "disregard" eyewitness accounts and forensic tests when the real record shows deniers address those head on, one by one.

What we have in the over all is Shermer ala Deborah Lipstadt ala the rest of the Holocaust community in general telling us how Holocaust skeptics go about and then again we have the record of how Holocaust skeptics really go about it.

Shermer's methodology is to attack revisionist methodology by using that exact methodology that he lists. That's his record.

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Postby Hannover » 1 decade 7 years ago (Sun May 25, 2003 12:17 pm)

Tom Moran astutely observed:

Studying Shermer's own methodology it's obvious he employs the same kind of tactics he accuses others of doing.

...we can see where he says deniers "disregard" eyewitness accounts and forensic tests when the real record shows deniers address those head on, one by one.


That behaviour is what psychologists call 'projection'. This occurs when certain people or groups 'project' their own flaws, defects, & lies upon others; they accuse others of doing what in fact they do. We see it regularily from the True Believer, judeo-supremacist community.

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Postby steve » 1 decade 7 years ago (Thu May 29, 2003 6:25 pm)

Tom Moran :

The photo is a isolated view of Crema IV taken from the Allied aerial recon shot of May 31, 1944 and is captioned as "Prisoners on their way to gas chambers" with a highlighted box around the images he refers to.

As it turns out it so happens that the exact same images can be seen in the Allied photo of June 26, 1944 which would mean that either the highlighted boxed in features identified as prisoners would have been standing in the exact same place for almost a month or they are what they appear to be in association with proximate images - trees.



This is just the sort of thing I value most in debunking the Big H.
Similar to the picture Hannover posts with every post. (The fake smoke.)
It does not require anything but common sense. It is self explanatory. Why add the smoke?

Similarly, if the "people" in the photos are in the SAME place, then obviously, they are not people. I guess, on those two days, those evil, vicious Nazis actually decided to gas trees.

Anyway, can anyone provide a link to the two photos Tom is referring to?

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Re: anti-Revisionist Michael Shermer and his book debunked

Postby Gorgias » 1 decade 7 years ago (Sun Jun 22, 2003 5:02 am)

Hannover wrote:Michael Shermer has his head handed to him by Italy's Carlos Mattogno. Shermer attempts to appear objective, but as Mattogno quickly points out, it's for appearances only. Read on, comments invited.

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Mattogno writes:

"Being quite aware that this work may fall into the silent catacombs of holocaust historiography, it is never-the-less hoped that it may prove useful to some honest people free from prejudice, not only because they may be presented with new considerations resulting from the above-mentioned works, but also because it is a demonstration of how one historical Revisionist can demolish in a few weeks a work that "lasted for years" with the collaboration of the world-wide holocaust lobby. As for historians who do not partake in this despite the solid arguments that provoke their silent embarrassment, that is beyond doubt most disturbing."


But perhaps this work that "lasted for years" was not in vain.

On page 103 of their book the authors inform us: "Deniers stress what we do not know about gas chambers and disregard eyewitness accounts. as well as photographs of the gas chambers in operation".

As far as I know these kind of photos were never before found or presented in the litterature. But according to this book these photos exist and are available somewhere. Unfortunately the footnote just points to Cole's interview.

But now we know that we have at least 2 photos of the gas chambers "in operation", don't we?

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Postby oberststuhlherr » 1 decade 5 years ago (Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:09 pm)

This whole long diatribe is in response to the frequent use of the word "debunk" on this forum.

I'd like to make a comment on terminology. I understand the anger and indignation a person can feel when they are faced with what they believe to be a glaring and harmful untruth. Regardless of where the final consensus (if one is ever reached) falls, I know there have been lies, evil lies, promulgated about what happened in and to Germany in the first half of the 20th Century.

When we feel that anger and indignation, we are often tempted to show it. Unfortunately, that may not serve the end of persuading people to the rightness of your cause. I had this sense when I read Graf's Giant with feet of Clay. I cannot say Graf's hostility toward Hilberg is unjustified. Nonetheless, from the perspective of a person attempting to be an impartial judge, it came across as vindictive. It may work better to really focus on the argument, and avoid accusing language such as "swindle", etc.

If your logic is strong enough to stand on its own right, there should be no need to attack the character of the opponent. To the undecided audience, or to the audience leaning toward you opponent, attacking him personally is likely to grant him the appearance of a victim.

As regards the use of the word "debunk", I have an innate tendency doubt the author who tells me he has "debunked" his opponent's argument.

Like I say, I understand the resentment, and indignation that is behind this hostile language, and I can avenge with the best of 'em. I'm just trying to convey how these words might appear to the skeptic.
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Postby Hannover » 1 decade 5 years ago (Tue Apr 19, 2005 7:29 pm)

Say what you will, but not only do we say we debunk the Believers, we actually do it, and show it. Then we invite them to attempt to refute our points.

Look at Moran's point, it's bullet proof. Look at Graf's book, he crushes Hilberg.

If Believer's don't like it, then they can debate us right here. That is certainly more than those that mandate the 'holocau$t' Religion will allow.

We can back it up, they cannot.

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Postby Bergmann » 1 decade 5 years ago (Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:24 pm)

Another critic of Dr. Shermer’s logic is Lyle Burkhead in:
Michael Shermer's "Jumping Together" Argument
http://www.geniebusters.org/915/04g_jumping.html

This is an interesting description of the techniques and methods used by some anti-revisionists in essays and in debates. It is worth reading.

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Postby onemanshowmcd » 1 decade 5 years ago (Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:58 pm)

In regards to Mr. Shermer's evaluation of the aerial photos of the Birkenau camp I see nothing out of the ordinary with people streaming to the Krema with American bombers flying overhead. After all they did do double duty as air raid shelters.

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Postby Vlad » 1 decade 1 year ago (Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:35 am)

An "updated and expanded" edition of Shermer's and Grobman's book is currently being advertised, containing "a new chapter and epilogue examining current, shockingly mainstream revisionism".
http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/8295001.php

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Postby PotPie » 1 decade 1 year ago (Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:56 pm)

People like Shermer who wish to debunk revisionism always seem to have to resort to using the "testimonies" of fake witnesses and pass them off to the unknowing average reader. Why is that? Can't they find someone that stands up to scrutiny?

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Postby PotPie » 1 decade 1 year ago (Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:57 pm)

onemanshowmcd wrote:In regards to Mr. Shermer's evaluation of the aerial photos of the Birkenau camp I see nothing out of the ordinary with people streaming to the Krema with American bombers flying overhead. After all they did do double duty as air raid shelters.

http://www.vho.org/GB/c/SC/inconabr_2.html


Good observation.


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