For years Bradley Smith has been asking for the name of one person who was gassed at Dachau or Auschwitz, with documented proof. Doesn’t he know anything about the Holocaust? The names of the people who were gassed are not known because they were NOT REGISTERED. There are no records of their names. The people that were brought to Dachau and Auschwitz, who were transferred immediately to other camps, were also NOT REGISTERED. That means that it is impossible to know whether a prisoner, who was not registered, was gassed or transferred.
It is impossible to even estimate the number of people who were gassed at Auschwitz because the train records were destroyed or confiscated, so we don’t know how many people arrived at Auschwitz.
In a letter written in answer to a professor, Smith wrote this and then posted it on his blog which you can read here:
When you write “there are voluminous records of who were killed at which camps” I suppose you would include Auschwitz as one of those camps. If not, why not? Since this charge of mass murder in the German camps, using weapons of mass destruction (gas chambers) is made with such self assurance by so many, I believe it is only fair – and we can be “fair” to Germans, can we not? — to ask that one American academic name one person, with proof, who was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz – or Dachau if you will.
There were 29,138 Jews who were brought to Dachau, who were not registered, and were never seen in the camp again. In the Official Army Report by the US Seventh Army, written after Dachau was liberated, it was stated that 29,138 Jews were brought to Dachau from other camps between June 20, 1944 and November 23, 1944. This report says that these Jews were brought to Dachau to be executed and that they were gassed in the gas chamber disguised as a shower room and also in the four smaller gas chambers. It was discovered later that they had been given a shower and then transferred to sub-camps near Dachau. (Note that the US Military initially thought that the four disinfection chambers were also used to gas the Jews.)
The story of the famous psychiatrist Victor Frankl is particularly relevant because he was transferred from one camp to another three times. This leads some people to think that Frankl was gassed three times, but the problem is that the prisoners who were transferred were NOT REGISTERED. Frankl was first sent to Theresienstadt from where he was sent a few days later to Auschwitz, where he arrived on October 19, 1944.
Frankl remained at Auschwitz for a few days, without being registered as a prisoner, and then he was transferred to the main Dachau camp. At Dachau, he was not registered, but instead was given a shower and sent to the Kaufering III sub-camp where he arrived on October 25, 1944 and was finally registered. Frankl was probably among the 29,138 Jews who were mentioned in the Official Army Report. If he had not become famous and written books in which he told his story, it would have been assumed that he was gassed at Auschwitz or at Dachau.
On his blog, Smith mentions Fuestenfeldbruck which was a German air force base that was taken over by the American military. That brought back memories of when I was in Germany after World War II. The Americans called it “First and Feldbrook” That’s close to how the name sounds; the actual name is Fürstenfeldbruck. It is a town close to Munich which is close to Dachau. It is true that American soldiers and their wives were “invited and expected to attend” a trip to Dachau, where the big attraction was the gas chamber. The SS camp at Dachau was also taken over by the American military for 28 years. I didn’t go on the trip to Dachau because I didn’t know the importance of the place back then.
Update, August 5, 2010
I forgot to mention that no one was ever prosecuted by the Allies after World War II for gassing prisoners at Dachau because the names of the prisoners who were gassed at Dachau were unknown. At the American Military Tribunal, the staff at Dachau was charged with participating in a “common design” to violate the Laws and Usages of War under the Geneva Convention of 1929 and the Hague Convention of 1907; only crimes against persons who were soldiers or civilians of an Allied country were prosecuted by the American Military Tribunal. Since the names of the prisoners who were gassed were unknown, this crime was not prosecuted. You can read more about this here.