Sunday, April 24, 2016

Rebuttal of Alvarez on Gas Vans: The Turner Letter

Rebuttal of Alvarez on Gas Vans
Part II: Producer Gas
 Part III: The Ford Gas Wagon
Part IV: The Becker Letter
Part V: The Rauff Letter to the Criminal Technical Institute
Part VI: The Turner Letter

The next in the row of contemporary German documents on homicidal gas vans misinterpreted by Santiago Alvarez (with Carlo Mattogno as special guest) is a letter sent by the chief of the administration in Serbia Harald Turner to Heinrich Himmler's personal assistant Karl Wolff of 11 April 1942 reporting that "I shot dead all the Jews I could get my hands on in this area, concentrated all the Jewish women and children in a camp and with the help of the SD got my hands on a "delousing van," that in about 14 days to 4 weeks will have brought about the definitive clearing out of the camp".

More Photographic Evidence of Exhumed Corpses in the USSR (Warning: Contains Links to Graphic Content)

Further to this previous post by Roberto, I add the following from the Yad Vashem site:

Bogdanovka

Krasnodar

Kramatorsk

Utena

Chernovtsy


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Another 1005 mini-update.

I have now added a sixth document to "Once More, With Feeling: Deniers And Aktion 1005, 10 Years Later". While a minor reference, a mention is a mention.

But I can also reveal that in addition to the 6 published documents in that post we have now been able to identify 14(!) more German wartime documents, which, to our knowledge, haven't been published, which contain explicit mentions of 1005 - 13 of them specifically refer to Sonderkommando 1005a.

That is, at present we have identified 20 German wartime documents explicitly referring to the designation 1005. All of them easily available to the researchers willing to do some basic legwork. We think that the  published 6 documents are more than enough to make our point about the denier huckster Mattogno and his lapdog Graf, so we're not in a hurry to release the rest of our cache, but we just thought we would let our readers know that the amount of evidence out there is pretty staggering. And this concerns not only the limited issue of 1005 but most of the topics the deniers try to tackle in their clownish ways.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Transnistria: how many Jews were shot by Germans?

In late 1941, the Romanians began to expel Jews from Odessa towards the Bug. Most of these Jews arrived at Bogdanovka, where they were were shot by a combination of German Selbstchutz (led by Hartung) and Romanian forces. A few weeks later, thousands of Jews from the environs around Odessa began to be sent to the Berezovka district, where they were shot in actions summarized here. What sources exist on the total number shot by the Germans?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Romanian Sources on Mass Murder in Transnistria

In 2003, Jean Ancel published the definitive study of Romanian misrule in Transnistria, including summaries and facsimiles of 1109 documents. I have posted some extracts here, along with a tabulation of sources here on shootings in Transnistria by German Selbstschutz units. I would draw three conclusions from these documents. Firstly, Antonescu's intention is clear that the deported Jews should die by starvation and disease if they cannot be driven across the Bug to be shot by the Germans (documents 31 and 279). Secondly, there is no doubt that conditions at Bogdanovka and other camps on the Bug were not designed to allow life to be sustainable [document 165: there are already 11,000 [in Bogdanovka] in sties not even large enough for 7,000 pigs]. Thirdly, the Germans over the Bug refused to handle these Jews, apart from a few thousand recruited for Organization Todt. Their actions indicate that they shared Richter's knowledge, namely that the "Purpose of the action is the liquidation of these Jews" (3319-PS).

Saturday, April 09, 2016

A short update on Mattogno and Aktion 1005

I have just added one more document to my post "Once More, With Feeling: Deniers And Aktion 1005, 10 Years Later". It not only explicitly mentions  both SK1005a and SK1005b, it also calls them a task of the Reichsführer-SS Himmler which was a secret Reich matter and which was given to Paul Blobel - something Mattogno and his freaky sidekick Graf have always desperately tried to deny.

That means that thus far at least 5 German wartime documents mentioning the designation 1005 are available to researchers (not including the letter from Müller to Luther, the treatment of which Mattogno completely botched, and not including the documents that clearly speak about this action but do not mention the designation). Wheareas Mattogno claimed that there are none, which, to repeat, makes him a fraudulent clown.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mattogno’s Cremation Encyclopedia (Part 1, Section 2b)

Cremation Devices, Methods and Times Chełmno – Archaeological Research

Mattogno’s lamentable performance regarding eyewitness and documentary evidence to mass cremation at Chełmno is followed by an illustrated description of the Feist apparatus, an oven for the combustion of carcasses from animals dead from contagious diseases which was conceived by the veterinary Georg Feist in the second half of the 19th century, and which according to Mattogno resembles the cremation ovens used in the 2nd phase (1944/45) of the camp’s operation. Mattogno also repeats his claims regarding the performance of that oven, which will be addressed later on when discussing the capacity of Chełmno’s second phase ovens.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Mattogno’s Cremation Encyclopedia (Part 1, Section 2a)

Cremation Devices, Methods and Times Chełmno – Documents and Eyewitness Testimonies

From the Aktion Reinhard(t) camps we move to Chełmno extermination camp, regarding which Mattogno starts (p. 1322) by congratulating himself on the fact that the critique did not dispute his "demonstration" that 7,176 Jews deported from Łódź to Chełmno and killed there between June 23 and July 14, 1944 did not actually arrive at Chełmno. I’ll take that as a reminder for a future blog and/or the critique’s second edition.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Mattogno’s Cremation Encyclopedia (Introduction and Part 1, Section 1)

Introduction

Chapter 8 of the HC critique of Mattogno, Graf and Kues[1], about the burning of the corpses at the Aktion Reinhard(t) extermination camps Bełżec, Sobibór and Treblinka and at Chełmno extermination camp, is 76 pages long (pp. 440 – 516) and has about 24,000 words including footnotes. Mattogno’s response to this chapter stretches over a full 177 pages (1296 – 1473) of MGK’s magnum opus[2] and has a word count of well over 71,000, i.e. it is almost three times as long as the chapter it refers to.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Holocaust Denier Carlos Porter Wants the Mass Extermination of Refugees

The Holocaust Denier Carlos Porter has demanded to "machine-gun" the refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa entering Europe and "if that doesn’t work, how about napalm or poison gas". 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mattogno on early cremation at Treblinka

Following his failed attempt to challenge the authenticity of an inconvenient war diary entry[1], Mattogno tries to tackle the evidence to early cremation at Treblinka extermination camp[2], on pp. 1101 – 1107 of Mattogno, Kues and Graf’s magnum opus[3]

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sonderbehandlung 14f13 at Gross Rosen

On April 3, 1942, Arthur Roedl, commandant of Gross-Rosen, wrote that the "the special treatment of 127 prisoners has been completed on 2 April 1942." Proof that this meant 'killed' can be derived from the same author's message of March 26, 1942, collected in 1234-PS. This notes that 214 arrestees were "mustered out" on 19-20 January, of whom 36 had died by March 17th and 51 had been declared capable of work. The 127 remaining were killed at Bernburg in batches of 70 and 57: the transfer of the first 70 is shown here.

The process of selection for Sonderbehandlung 14f13 is documented in 1151-PS [scans], summarized in the Staff Evidence Analysis here. Liebensehel wrote on December 10, 1941, that a Doctors Commission would visit nine camps to make selections. The selections at Gross Rosen on 19-20 January were discussed in a letter by Mennecke to his wife (NO-907). The euthanasia centre Bernburg wrote to Gross Rosen on March 3rd to arrange the transfers, noting that "inmates from other concentration camps will arrive" and thus "an interim is necessary for us in order to be able to carry out all this work."

Sunday, March 13, 2016

How Reliable is the Statement of Maximilian Grabner?

The post-war statement scripted by the former head of the Political Department in Auschwitz Maximilian Grabner in Vienna, probably in late September 1945, was recently published by Sergey. In this posting, the reliability of his testimony will be assessed in some more detail. As a result, Grabner is a fairly reliable witness on most of the Auschwitz history touched by him, including atrocities. Only anything tangent to his own role and fate in the camp has been distorted and perverted to serve his purpose and discharge himself from any misconduct.

A point for point dissection of his testimony can be found in the appendix. This exercise is meant to assist in gauging the reliability and credibility of his account. A trained historian may do such en passant while studying the source, but it's use full to remind Holocaust deniers that corroboration forms a bond between evidence that needs to be broken first else it is greatly enhancing their mutual strength and that pointing out a few deliberate or undeliberate mistakes in a lengthy testimony (of which typically only some are real mistakes, while others are simply made up by denier's historical ignorance and personal incredulity) is not sufficient to dismiss it as uncredible, nor does it explain anything.

Friday, March 04, 2016

"Alleged" Mass Graves and other Mattogno Fantasies (Part 5, Section 2)

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4, Section 1
Part 4, Section 2
Part 5, Section 1
Part 5, Section 2


The "Actual" Surface of the Graves

Following some of the notoriously dishonest and instructively self-projecting accusations that his rhetoric is spiked with ("Muehlenkamp, with his usual dishonesty,[…]", "Muehlenkamp misrepresents or hides my arguments and avoids providing the answers he owes,[…]") Mattogno (pp. 1270f.) quotes the arguments presented in his Bełżec book[218] in support of his claim that "the layout" Prof. Kola gives for the graves "is completely random, as is their surface area, their volume, and even their number".