I usually read Your comments and reflections on the current world situation at antiwar.com with delight, but Your recent comments on "Holocaust denial" saddened me and caused me to write the following reply.
You see, just like You, I once firmly believed in the established Holocaust narrative as something of an undebatable fact, and I also believed that the "Holocaust deniers" were nuts, loonies, or detestable, lying Nazi apologists - without ever having heard their arguments.
It came to me as a shock - after more or less by chance happening upon revisionist material and starting to compare it with such standard works as those by Reitlinger, Hilberg et.al. - when I found out that the foundations of the historiography concerning the fate of European Jewry during WWII - or to be more exact, the claims that millions of Jews were killed in homicidal gas chambers, and that there existed a Nazi plan for a systematic extermination of Jewry - are either very weak, or spurious, or in some cases even falsified. I also found out that most of the "deniers" are decent and intelligent people. I am no Nazi sympathizer, and my discovery that the "deniers" are probably right has not changed this. It should however be clearly pointed out that in a scholarly debate, it is not the character of the debater that matters, but the arguments he presents. It is by subjecting those arguments to scientific critique that one debates ones opponent. Mere ad hominem can never be accepted as legitimate argument in a rational debate. The character and leanings of the opponent might invite caution, but to turn this caution into ones single, definitive and decisive argument, one has already lost the argument.
I honestly believe that, as a intelligent man, You would, after reading for example the introduction to revisionist arguments written by Dipl.Chem. Germar Rudolf and entitled "Lectures on the Holocaust: Controversial Questions Cross-Examined" (which is also available for free downloading at http://vho.org/dl/ENG/loth.pdf
), if not start doubting the existence of Nazi homicidal gas chambers and the orthodox figure of 6 million murdered Jews, at least acknowledge that the "deniers" presents sound arguments, and that there is room for
As You are surely aware of, there are criminal laws established in a number of European nations that prevents any doubts regarding the established Holocaust historiography to be voiced openly, by penalty of prison or fines. In Austria, those who dares to argument against the gas chambers, the six million, or even the highly doubtful "gas chamber" displayed at the Mauthausen camp, might face up to 10 (ten) years in prison! As You also surely are aware of, the semi-revisionist David Irving recently was sentenced to a 3 year sentence by an Austrian court for voicing doubts about the gas chamber claims - seventeen years ago, before the legislature used in the sentencing had been established! In Germany, "denial" may render a prison sentence of up to 5 years per crime. Laws against "Holocaust denial" (doesn't that remind You of the label "denier of God" that used to be pinned on free thinkers in previous centuries?) are also enacted in the following nations: France, Poland, Swiss, Bulgaria, the Czech republic, Israel, Belgium and to some degree also in Spain, Australia and Canada.
The revisionist writer and publisher I mentioned above, the German chemist Germar Rudolf, was deported to Germany last year to serve 14 months in prison, and then to recieve yet another sentence for "Holocaust denial". His crime? To have carried out a technical-chemical examination of the rooms and ruins at Auschwitz I and Auschwitz-Birkenau that are alleged to have been used as homicidal gas chambers.
More on that below.
Since You have defended the right to opinion for Japanese revisionist Kobayashi Yoshinori, who disputes the orthodox historiography regarding such events as the alleged "rape of Nanking" and the origins of the Pacific War, I do not see why You should not defend the right the right to free speech for men like Rudolf, Faurisson or Zundel. I however, understand if You feel reluctance to do this, since the tabooization of all dissent toward the established Holocaust narrative is monumental and attempts to start a rational debate on the subjects are met with hate-filled invectives, defamation, personal persecution and even violence.
If You do not have time to read through Mr. Rudolfs book, I strongly urge You to take a look at a few photographs to which I will link below.
The first was taken by Allied air reconnesance in November 1944. It shows the remains of Treblinka II, a German camp located in eastern Poland that was active until late summer 1943. According to orthodox Holocaust historiography, 870 000 Jews and a few thousand gypsies were murdered at Treblinka II by the means of gas chambers utilizing the exhaust gas of a diesel engine of Soviet origin (tank or submarine). The gassing were allegedly commenced in early 1942, and then carried out until summer of 1943. It is claimed that until March 1943, the bodies - a total of 800 000 (Raul Hilberg claims 700 000) of those thus killed were dumped into a number of pits inside a small fenced in and camouflaged area measuring a few hectar ("the extermination area") that also contained two gas chamber buildings and the housing for the work command of Jewish prisoners. It is alleged that in March of 1943, Himmler ordered all the grave pits disinterred and the corpses incinerated. This incineration surprisinlgy did not involve any crematory ovens - even thought those were readily available from the SS material administration - but were carried out on two primitive "grills" measuring approximately 3x30 meter made out of rail road tracks resting on a concrete fundament. During a mere 120 days 800 000 disinterred, rotting corpses were completely incinerated on these contraptions, were most of the energy from the fires would have been radiated out into the air instead of effecting the carbonization of the human remains. 70 000 freshly killed bodies were incinerated as well during the same time. All the remaining bones were allegedly crushed using tin metal sheets, and the ashes were thrown back into the graves (even if there are claims of them having been disposed in other ways). The Nazis then completely removed all the buildings and camouflaged the site of Treblinka II before abandoning it.
Now, take a look at the photo from November 1944:http://www.codoh.com/graphics/fndaerab2.JPEG
The correctness of the distance legend may be proven by looking to the extreme left of the photo, were rail road tracks are clearly visible.
Now look at the area to the right of the middle of the photo, below and right of the tongue of forest that is protruding from the upper half of the photo. According to most of the alleged eye-witnesses, this is where the "extermination area" containing the two gas chamber buildings and the graves of 800 000 non-cremated corpses were located.
Now, try to figure out how much space would be needed to inter 800 000 corpses. Remember that the depth of graves is limited by the ground water levels. Treblinka is located not far from a river, and the soil consists mainly of sand. You can limit yourself to a depth of 4 or 5 meters (even if 3 is more probable). Be sure to check how much volume an average human body has. Then You can proceed to calculate the area needed for 800 000 corpses. Can the remains of such a grave/s be spotted on the aerial photo linked to above? And by the way, how come that no one bothered to detect the exact location and dimension of those graves after the war was over? How come the mass grave of 870 000 people has never been proven to exist? Teeth are also hard to destroy, they could hardly have been crushed using tin metal sheets. Were are the approximately 20 million teeth from the Treblinka victims?
Instead, the area alleged to have contained the mass graves has been covered by concrete slabs and a huge monument:http://www.vho.org/GB/Books/t/Image170.jpg
(By the way, there is an another allied air photo of the same area that was taken siz months earlier, in May 1944 (this was still several months after the Germans had left the are). You can see it here:http://www.vho.org/GB/Books/t/Image179.jpg
If You compare those two photos, You will see that several of the intact buildings visible in the earlier May -44 photograph seems to have been razed during the time lapsed between May and November 1944). Who did this, and why?)
The established Treblinka narrative contains a number of highly improbable, even ridiculous, claims. If You want to read more about those, I suggest that You read "Treblinka. Extermination Camp or Transit Camp" by Jurgen Graf and Carlo Mattogno, which you can download for free at http://vho.org/dl/ENG/t.pdf
Now take a look at these two photos:http://www.vho.org/D/rga2/Image324.jpghttp://vho.org/D/rga2/Image325.jpg
The man visible in them is the above mentioned Germar Rudolf. The buildings visible in those photos are inside and outside walls of disinfection chambers in the concentration camp Auschwitz utilizing Zyklon B (a pesticide consisting of hydrogen cyanide contained in gypsym pellets). That those buildings were used as disinfection chambers, and not as homicidal gas chambers, has never been contested by anyone.
The blu color visible in both photos is "prussian blue" or, chemically speaking, ferricferrocyanide, a highly stabile compound of hydrogencyanide and the iron that can be found in mortar, bricks &c. The use of Zyklon B in this room has resulted in prussian blue forming and penetrating through the entire wall, so that is clearly visible even on the outside wall of the building, where it has been exposed to the elements for over 50 years!
Now look at those two photos:http://www.vho.org/D/rga2/Image315.jpghttp://vho.org/D/rga2/Image316.jpg
They show the insides of the ruins of the large room in Crematory Building II at Auschwitz Birkenau marked as a morgue on the German blueprints, but alleged to have been the infamous gas chamber where approximately 450 000 Jews were gassed to death from 1943 to 1944 (a similar number is claimed for the alleged gas chamber of the adjacent Crematory III, as well as smaller numbers for the gas chambers at Crematory IV and V and the two alleged "bunkers" to the north of the Birkenau camp - the most widely known "gas chambers", the one in the old crematorium (I) at the Auschwitz Main Camp is nowadays acknowledged to be a "recnstruction" and the figure of the alleged victims for it has been reduced). As You can see, there is not a single speck of prussian blue to be found on the walls or on the roof. Yet, it is alleged that mass gassings of human beings using large amounts of Zyklon B was carried several times a day for more than a year in this very room!
The absence of prussian blue in the walls of the gas chambers was discovered already in the 80's by Fred Leuchter. It has then been confirmed, not only by chemist Germar Rudolf (who was just to make his dissertation in chemistry at the world famous Max Planck Institute when the news of his report surfaced and he was thrown out for his heresy against sacred dogmas) but also by examinations carried out by the exterminationist side. Their attempts to explain away this startling fact is dissected in the book "Auschwitz Lies" by Germar Rudolf and Carlo Mattogno (available for free download at http://vho.org/dl/ENG/al/pdf
- this book also dissects the attempts to explain away another even more startling fact - that the introduction holes for Zyklon B in the roofs of the gas chambers in Crematorium II and III, attested to by "eye witnesses", are nowhere to be found in the relatively well-preserved roof to the "gas chamber" of Crematorium II"!)
Thank You for reading this mail.
I hope that by reading the above lines - and perhaps some of the books linked to - You will understand that I and the other "Holocaust deniers" are not crazy, or undebatable liars.