I have always thought that there are no records of the prisoners who were gassed at Auschwitz. I have always heard that selections were made, just after the Jews arrived on trains at Auschwitz, and those who were selected for the gas chamber were not registered. No records were made for the prisoners who were gassed, according to every Holocaust book that I’ve ever read.
But according to a recent talk, given by Holocaust survivor Daniel Goldsmith at a Catholic school, there was a record made for his father, who was “killed in a gas chamber.” You can read the full story in a news article here.
This quote is from the news article:
Daniel Goldsmith, a Holocaust child survivor, and Bernard Lens, a World War II veteran who helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp, visited Hilltown’s St. Agnes-Sacred Heart Catholic School for a slideshow presentation on the Holocaust Thursday, Oct. 11.
In the fall of 1944, the town he were (sic) living in was liberated by American soldiers, and he was able to reunite with his mother. Goldsmith found out from his mother that his father had died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Years later, in the 1990s, Goldsmith found records that stated his father had been killed in a gas chamber.
This is BIG NEWS. The records of the prisoners who were gassed at Auschwitz have apparently been found. This means the end of Holocaust denial.
The memorial stones, at the International Monument in the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, now say that 1.5 million people died at Auschwitz. This number is an estimate. Now that the records have been found, the stones, which originally said that 4 million had died at Auschwitz, will have to be changed again and this time the exact figure for the number of Jews who were gassed can be put on the memorial stones.
The old black and white photo above shows that the original plaque at the Internationl Monument claimed that 4 million people died at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The color photo shows the new plaque which says that 1.5 million died at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
As shown in the color photo, the English inscription reads:
FOR EVER LET THIS PLACE BE A CRY OF DESPAIR AND A WARNING TO HUMANITY, WHERE THE NAZIS MURDERED ABOUT ONE AND A HALF MILLION MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN MAINLY JEWS FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES OF EUROPE. AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU 1940-1945
From 1986 to April 3, 1990, the words on the English plaque read:
FOUR MILLION PEOPLE SUFFERED AND DIED HERE AT THE HANDS OF THE NAZI MURDERERS BETWEEN THE YEARS 1940 AND 1945.
Four million was the number of Auschwitz-Birkenau victims that the Soviet prosecutors at the Nuremberg IMT claimed in their charges against the Nazi war criminals in November 1945.
After the fall of Communism in 1989, the Soviet Union released the 46 death register books (Sterbebücher) which they had captured when they liberated the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps on Jan. 27, 1945. The books, which were turned over to the International Red Cross, contained the names of 69,000 prisoners who had died in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps from July 27, 1941 to December 31, 1943.
The Auschwitz I camp opened on May 20, 1940 and both camps were evacuated on Jan. 18, 1945, so some of the death registers were missing. The Red Cross extrapolated these figures and estimated that there was a total of 135,000 registered deaths at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The Jews who were gassed had allegedly not been registered in the camp and their deaths were not included in the records that were turned over to the Red Cross in 1989.
The train records for the Jews who were transported to Auschwitz have never been found, but it has been estimated that a total of 1.3 million Jews were sent to Auschwitz and around 200,000 were eventually sent to other camps after being registered. Based on these figures, the total number of deaths at Auschwitz-Birkenau is now estimated to be 1.1 million, including 900,000 Jewish deaths.
Strangely, the records that Daniel Goldsmith alluded to, were found in the 1990s. This was after the Russians turned over the records from the camp to the Red Cross.
I am looking forward to reading more about the records that were found in the 1990s, since apparently these records name names. This will finally put an end to Holocaust denier Bradley Smith asking for the name of just one person who was gassed. (I love Bradley Smith; he is a great writer, but he is constantly making trouble. He writes on the CODOH website.)