In Chapter 18 of his book entitled Break His Bones, The Private Life of a Holocaust Revisionist, Bradley Smith wrote that he dreamed about what it must have been like for the Jews who were gassed in the Nazi gas chambers. Bradley Smith is more than a “revisionist;” he is a great writer. Writing is an art for him. In my opinion, Bradley is a great artist.
The quote below is from the beginning of Chapter 18 in his book, which was published many years ago, but it is still relevant today. According to an e-mail message that I got from Bradley, he is sending this “breeze from the past” to some 1,400 individuals and student orgs at USC, including the folk who maintain Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation.
Quote from Chapter 18 of Break His Bones:
One night in late December I dream that I’ve been gassed at Auschwitz. In the dream, as I become aware of myself inside the gas chamber, the gassing itself is already over. I see myself sitting naked in the center of the floor; the room around me choked with naked cadavers heaped to the ceiling. The dead are filthy with feces, urine, vomit and menstrual blood. The scene is faintly illuminated in an ugly green light. [...]
I know in my heart, without reservation, that those men [the Sonderkommando Jews] would not have done what it is claimed they did. I’ve worked and lived among such men [Jews] and their children for twenty-five years. They would not have done it.
Once maybe. Twice. A handful of them. But not all of them. Not day after day, week after week, month after month. They would not have done it. The gas chamber story is a lie. [...]
…… I had read the Robert Faurisson’s article about the “problem” of the gas chambers at Auschwitz, I had felt in my bones that something was badly wrong. Faurisson claimed that the gas chamber stories and the genocide of the Jews are one and the same historic lie. I had felt an immediate and deep anxiety that he might be right. The news didn’t make me happy, it made me fearful. It made my hands sweat.
Faurisson’s paper turned on a statement made by Rudolf Hoess, the SS colonel who claimed to have dreamed up the Auschwitz gas chambers, overseen their construction and murdered millions of victims in them, mostly Jews. In his confession Hoess wrote that after the gassings took place the work-Jews would enter the gas chambers “immediately” to drag out the dead. They would do this while “eating and smoking.” If they were eating and smoking, Faurisson wrote, it was unlikely they were wearing gas masks. But if they were going to enter the gas chamber immediately after a mass gassing Faurisson believed they would have had to use gas masks with special filters or be “gassed” themselves. This alone suggested to Faurisson that Hoess didn’t know diddly about mass gassings with Zyklon B, his poison gas of choice, and that his famous gas-chamber confession was the invention of a tortured mind. We hadn’t yet learned that Hoess, after his capture by British military intelligence, had in fact been tortured to obtain his confession.
The point, that Bradley Smith is making in his book, is that no one would have done the horrendous task of dragging filthy bodies, covered with feces, vomit and blood, out of the gas chambers — just to live for three months longer. They would have said, “Just shoot me now.”
What allegedly happened is that the Sonderkommando Jews, who carried the gassed bodies to the ovens, were killed after three months. We know this because the last group of Sonderkommando Jews were allowed to live to tell the story of what happened to the Sonderkommandos. I previously blogged here about two Sonderkommando Jews who survived.
It was hard for me to enter the so-called gas chamber in the Auschswitz main camp, 60 years after it had been used. The room is cold, dark and creepy, with a faint smell of dead bodies, as you would expect in a morgue. The Auschwitz gas chamber is right next to the cremation ovens, where a morgue should have been. There were 900 Jews gassed at the same time in the Auschwitz gas chamber in the main camp. Their bodies had to be dragged, a few at a time, into the oven room, next door to the gas chamber.
The Sonderkommando Jews would have said: “Get me out of here quick; this place could explode any minute!” (The people in the gas chamber, in my 1998 photo, are tourists, but the Jews who were gassed here had their clothes on, just like the tourists.)
You can read Bradley’s full excerpt about the Sonderkommando Jews at http://codohfounder.com/books/chapter-eighteen/
This quote is from near the end of Chapter 18 of Bradley Smith’s book:
One of the things I do as a writer is to use my art to stand witness to the intellectual and moral corruption of the society in which I live. I do no more or less than artists of every discipline have always done. It’s what is expected of us, and it’s especially what we expect of ourselves. But am I not being insensitive to the feelings of Jews, I am asked? I respond that Jewish feelings are no particular concern for me. I’m an artist. My responsibility is to human feeling, human sensibilities. The German bleeds from the thrust of a lie just as the Jew does.