I thought I knew a lot about the Holocaust; I’ve been studying it for around 17 years. It turns out that I was wrong about many of the important details.
Today I read this on a wordpress blog:
Another example Eaton gave was a photograph widely circulated by the Holocaust deniers of General Eisenhower standing next to one of the gas chambers at Dachau. “And they hold this up and say, here is Eisenhower being shown a false gas chamber. And they are correct. At Dachau, which was a camp in Germany used mainly for political prisoners, they started to construct a gas chamber. They used inmates to construct the gas chamber. The inmates sabotaged the chamber and it was never actually used as a gas chamber.”
I didn’t know that General Eisenhower was ever at Dachau; he didn’t mention it in his book. The only “horror camp” he mentioned in his book was Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of Buchenwald near Gotha, but he didn’t even mention the name Ohrdruf. Now I find out that he was photographed “standing next to ONE of the gas chambers at Dachau” but he was “being shown a false gas chamber.”
O.K. this is a bit confusing, but I think I can sort it out. There were five “gas chambers” at Dachau. Four of them were disinfection chambers where the clothing was hung up and Zyklon-B pellets were used to kill the lice that spreads typhus. The fifth gas chamber was the homicidal gas chamber, that was disguised as a shower room.
The photo above shows an American soldier standing in front of a door into one of the disinfection chambers. Could that be General Eisenhower in disguise?
The man, who said that Eisenhower was photographed standing next to one of the Dachau gas chambers, is Richard Eaton; he gave a talk on “Who are the Holocaust Deniers and How Do They Operate.” You can read all about it here.
Most of the tour guides at Dachau tell visitors that the homicidal gas chamber was used a few times. I didn’t know that the inmates had “sabotaged the gas chamber.” Are all of the tour guides at Dachau lying?
One of the most famous Holocaust deniers was Fred Leuchter a “gas chamber expert.” Eaton explains where Leuchter went wrong:
“They brought in a man who was supposed to be a gas-chamber expert, and actually went over to Poland and he went to the gas chambers and he took samples and scrapings off the walls, and looked at the plans. And he came up and said the gas chambers couldn’t actually do what they were said to have done. They could not have killed these hundreds of thousands of people in the short time with the amount of gas that they had.
“Well, the one thing that they actually proved in doing so is that their expert didn’t understand how the gas chambers worked in the first place. The truth is that the gas chambers worked on displacement. If you take a room like this one and you put about a thousand people into it you are going to literally jam them up to the ceiling. As such, all you have to take is a couple of small cans of Zyklon-B, the gas that was used, and poison what little air is left in the room and most of the victims there die of suffocation from the other people that they are jammed in with. So these people proved they didn’t know how the gas chambers worked, yet they produced this scientific engineering study by this so-called engineer that went to the camps and checked them out. In truth they found out that he wasn’t actually an engineer and he was later tried in the state of Massachusetts for impersonating one.”
In case there are some newbies reading this who don’t quite understand what Eaton is saying, here is my explanation: Leuchter took samples from the walls of the Krema II gas chamber in Auschwitz II (Birkenau) and he sent them to a lab without telling the lab what the samples were. He also took samples from another building where clothing was disinfected and sent them to the same lab. The lab report came back that there was very little residue from Zyklon-B on the walls of Krema II, but a lot of residue on the walls of the disinfection chamber. The usual explanation for this is that it takes more gas to kill lice than it does to kill humans. But now we know the real reason that it didn’t take much Zyklon-B to kill the victims in Krema II, thanks to Richard Eaton.
But wait, there’s more. Eaton explains why the Red Cross didn’t notice the gas chambers on their inspections of Auschwitz-Birkenau. I always thought that the Red Cross inspectors were stupid and they couldn’t recognize a gas chamber when they saw one.
Now Eaton explains what really happened when the Red Cross went to inspect:
Eaton said that the largest of the true death camps was the Birkenau section of the enormous Auschwitz complex. “The average lifespan of people who were placed on trains and sent there, when they arrived at Auschwitz, was about three hours.” He pointed to the use by the deniers of Red Cross figures that recorded only some 300,000 deaths at Auschwitz, which the Red Cross listed as caused by disease. Auschwitz, Richard Eaton said, was actually a large series of camps the size of the San Fernando Valley. It included gas chambers but also munitions factories that employed slave labor. The Red Cross was admitted to Auschwitz One, where they saw bodies of people who had died of disease, but they were barred by the Nazis from the rest of the complex.
The last thing that Eaton explained is how the figure of 6 million was determined. Deniers like to say that the statistics from the individual camps don’t add up. This is the wrong way to go about counting the victims, according to Eaton.
Here is the right way to count the number of victims who died in the Holocaust:
Here he turned to the substance of the denial claims. Eaton commented that everybody knows the figure that six million died, but most do not know how the figure was arrived at. It comes, he said, by comparing the Jewish population of cities and villages throughout Nazi-occupied Europe before and after World War II. That is, not all the killing took place in particular camps. The Holocaust deniers have focused on trying to refute the numbers, particularly at specific concentration camps.
According to the minutes of the Wannsee Conference, there were around 11 million Jews in all of Europe in 1941, including the Jews who were not in Nazi-occupied Europe. 5 million of them were in the Soviet Union or in Soviet-occupied Europe. That leaves 6 million that were killed in the Holocaust. What about the Holocaust survivors? Some were never in a camp, but claimed to be survivors. But are all of the survivors faking it?