Another missing element is the fuel system. While a generator might have a fuel tank mounted on the engine, a truck or tank engine would have a separate fuel tank. I see no mention of if the fuel tank was taken out of the truck or tank and delivered with the engine or whether they had to provide one themselves and no mention of hooking up the fuel tank and fuel lines. Also no mention of checking the fuel system since on newly installed engines air in the lines or blockage of the fuel is a common problem.
Interesting point but it would not be difficult to do. If it was a gasoline engine a fuel tank greater than a gallon would need to be mounted outside, perhaps a fuel drum on a stand. Rubber hose could even be used for the fuel line if necessary. The engine already has a mechanical fuel pump so no problem with the fuel and line. If it were a diesel engine a five-gallon can could be used inside the building and there are even screw-on attachments that go on the standard 20 liter "Jerrycan" that have a straw and a fitting to attach a rubber hose.
Second since the engine is water-cooled did they also get the radiator from the tank or truck as well as the associated piping? Also how did they mount this radiator since they did not have the truck or tank to mount it on?
Another good point but not hard to solve. The engine already has a waterpump, radiator, and fan. The radiator would have to be mounted somewhere so that good airflow will cool the engine, although if it is never loaded it will not generate as much heat. With a generator-set, the engine has special mounts that bolt easily onto a frame, which can then be bolted onto bolts poured into the concrete. The radiator and so on is mounted onto that. A diesel under load, e.g., an electric generator, would need to duct the radiator air outside probably, or at least be in a very airy room. Other arrangements could be to pump circulation coolant into a big tank and forget about a radiator, or use a double radiator arrangement and mount them outside in the breeze, or fit an electric fan on a radiator. Lots of ways to solve this problem but how did Fuchs do it? If he can't provide the details then his story is suspect. This guy should have been cross-examined on the murder-weapon itself. But I doubt the defense had any interest in challenging anything of interest to historians or challegning to the overall nature of NS criminality.
Seem to me that they would have been better off getting a truck and hooking up the exhaust to the Gas chamber since that way they would have all of the auxiliary parts needed to operate the engine. Also if the truck broke down they could have simply driven another truck over and used it. Did they not supposedly have experience with Gassing trucks? That is of course if this was a truck with a Gasoline engine not a Diesel engine since we all know how hard it would have been to kill with Diesel exhaust.
Exactly. Chelmno is said to have had a truck or car simply pull-up and pipe exhaust into garages.
The Holocaust promoters keep saying that the Germans were highly competent and efficient killers but everywhere in the Holocaust story is see decisions made that make no sense from a practical or engineering point of view.
None at all. At Treblinka there are at least accounts that the diesel engines were used for generating electricity. But that is diesel. At Sobibor, I don't know why you would bother with salvaging a gasoline truck engine and retrofiting a generator from scratch for power. You would still need the generator, too. Perhaps pumping water into a tank for bathing would be a logical use for a gasoline motor that would only be run when necessary to fill the tank. You would still have to retrofit it, and Fuchs seems to have left out the details.
If you were retrofitting an engine for a generator, you would need a 1500 rpm model, and the hardest part would be figuring out the drivetrain. Lining up belts and pulleys would be a pain. Perhaps some coupling from a transmission drive-shaft as a power-take-off would be the easiest. You would also have to regulate the speed and voltage based on the load, which might vary. A diesel makes sense to supply permanent power but gasoline does not and it is a lot of bother to play Monster Garage besides. Couldn't the SS just order an electrical generator-set?
As to the engine that is said to have been used at the camp being in neutral or in gear, it would not matter since with nothing hooked up to the output of the transmission it would not change anything. I do not speak German, could the word mean idle instead of neutral or is there a separate German word that means idle (operate at low speed) rather than neutral (not being in gear). I am trying to give the Holocaust promoters the benefit of the doubt since talking about the engine being at idle makes sense, talking about the engine being in neutral does not.
I agree. Fuchs is retrofitting equipment, though, and it doesn't exactly come with OFF-NEUTRAL-MURDER settings, so his descriptions are puzzling.