Erntefest, or Harvest Festival in English, is the title given to the alleged execution of 18,000 Jews in only nine hours on November 3, 1943 at the Majdanek concentration camp in Lublin, Poland. I wrote about this event on my website, after visiting the Majdanek Memorial Site in October 1998. You can read about it on Wikipedia here.
There has been some discussion in the comments section of my blog about this event. I thought that the famous Erntefest was a proven fact, but others have doubted it.
I finally did a search to find out what Carlo Mattogno has to say about it. I consider Mattogno to be the foremost Holocaust revisionist and the most reliable Holocaust historian, because he seems to me to be completely unbiased. Not that other revisionists are biased, but Mattogno is noted for being completely unbiased.
I found an article here which mentions Mattogno and the famous Erntefest at Majdanek.
The following quote is from the article:
My Italian friend Carlo Mattogno – who is doubtless the world’s foremost expert on the ‘Holocaust’ – and I have decided to do the work all other historians have failed to accomplish. Our book, KL Majdanek. Eine historische und technische Studie has been published in German. (4)
In June 1997, Mattogno and I spent time in Lublin. Our book is essentially based upon the following sources:
– Documents found in Russian archives in 1995 (5);
– Documents found in the archives of Majdanek museum, as well as in the archives of the city of Lublin;
– The Polish literature;
– Practical investigation on the ground of the former concentration camp.
Unfortunately, the documentation about the Lublin camp is by no means as complete as the historian would desire; many documents are missing or were destroyed before the liberation of the camp. Therefore, it would be quite difficult to write a ‘history of Majdanek.’
To mention but one example, we do not know how many prisoners were deported to Majdanek during the almost three years of its existence, and we have to content ourselves with estimates. Still, the extant documents permit us to determine the death figure of the camp with reasonable accuracy and to refute the myth of the homicidal gas chambers as well as the legend of the mass shooting allegedly perpetrated in November 1943.
If Mattogno refutes the “legend” of the mass shooting, that’s good enough for me.
When I visited the Majdanek camp in 1998, I had a private tour guide, who drove me there in her car. The camp was originally built just outside the city of Lublin, but when I visited, the camp was inside the city limits. We were driving down a street, that was a major road in Poland, when all of a sudden, my tour guide said to me: “Look over there. That’s the Commandant’s house.”
Then I saw the huge monument that is very near the road. I was so taken aback that I had a hard time operating my camera, and I didn’t get a good photo of it. I borrowed the photos below.
The ashes of the 18,000 prisoners who were allegedly killed are under the dome, shown in the photo below. On the right, in the photo, there is one of the original wooden guard towers. The three objects on the left side are toilets for the tourists, which are the source of a very foul smell.
The point that I am trying to make, in showing the photos above, is that the monuments at the Majdanek Memorial Site are way over the top. I have since learned that the Majdanek camp was not a major extermination camp, and probably not an extermination camp at all.
This quote is from the article which you can read in full here:
According to the orthodox ‘Holocaust’ historians, the Germans set up six ‘extermination camps’ in Poland where Jews were systematically murdered in gas chambers. One of these purported extermination centres was Majdanek, near the city of Lublin.
The ‘Holocaust’ historians claim that Majdanek served both as a labour camp and a murder factory. Between September 1942 and October 1943, the Germans are supposed to have gassed large numbers of Jewish prisoners, partly by means of Zyklon-B, partly by means of carbon monoxide. Moreover, the Germans are accused of having shot about 18,000 Jews at Majdanek on November 3, 1943. This was allegedly the beastliest mass murder ever committed in any German concentration camp on a single day.
Tens of thousands of books have been published about the ‘Holocaust.’ One would therefore expect to find an abundance of scientific studies about these six alleged mass murder sites. In reality, the exterminationist historians have almost exclusively focused their attention upon Auschwitz. Much to his dismay, the would-be-student of Majdanek quickly discovers that there is not a single serious book about this camp in any western language!
The original claim, by the Soviet Union, was that 1.7 million people had been killed at Majdanek. Now that figure has been OFFICIALLY reduced to 78,000, including 59,000 Jews. I am ready to concede that the figure for the Erntefest should be reduced, from 18,000, to perhaps 180 prisoners who were killed.
There is a famous photo of prisoners being marched to their death at Majdanek, which you can see at the top of my blog post.
Years ago, when I visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, CA, there was a man at the entrance to the underground parking lot, who looked remarkably like the man in the lower left corner of the photo. He was stopping all the cars, in order to determine if it was safe to allow the occupants inside the museum.
Did the man in the photo survive and make his way to Los Angeles, where he is now living the good life in America, like so many other Holocaust survivors? Anything is possible.