Foreword to the Second Leuchter Report
Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., is a 48-year old engineer who lives in Boston. He is a specialist in planning and building execution facilities for American penitentiaries. One of his achievements was the modernization of the execution gas chamber in the penitentiary at Jefferson City, Missouri. Ernst Zündel is a 50-year-old German who lives in Toronto, where he had a brilliant career as a graphic artist and advertising man, until he was boycotted because of his Revisionist opinions. Since then, he has spent almost all his time struggling against lies about the “Holocaust.” I have helped him in this struggle, especially during the two trials that a Canadian Jewish organization initiated against him in 1985 and 1988.
Zündel’s first trial lasted seven weeks and ended with his being sentenced to 15 months in prison for “publication of false news.” The verdict was thrown out on appeal because of serious errors made by District Court Judge Hugh Locke.
The second trial lasted four months. This time E. Zündel was sentenced to nine months in prison by District Court Judge Ron Thomas. This second verdict, too, may eventually be successfully appealed on the same grounds.
In 1988, E. Zündel asked F. Leuchter to visit Poland to examine “the alleged execution gas chambers” in the three concentration camps at Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Majdanek. The conclusion of the first Leuchter Report was quite clear: no such gas chambers ever existed in those three places.
In 1989, he asked F. Leuchter to visit West Germany and Austria to examine “the alleged execution gas chambers” at Dachau, Mauthausen, and Hartheim Castle. The conclusion of the second report, as you will read below, is just as clear: no such gas chambers ever existed in those three places.
People have called Revisionism “the great intellectual adventure of the late twentieth century.” That adventure really began shortly after the Second World War with the publication of the works of Maurice Bardèche and Paul Rassinier. It continued in 1976 with a masterful work, The Hoax of the Twentieth Century, by Dr. Arthur Butz of the United States, and in 1979 with the publication in Germany of Dr. Wilhelm Stäglich’s book, Der Auschwitz Mythos, and the creation of the Institute for Historical Review in Los Angeles.
During the 1980's, thanks in particular to the activities of Ernst Zündel, Revisionism worldwide has developed to such an extent that future historians will probably speak of Revisionism before and after Zündel. In a way, these politically motivated trials — which are a disgrace to Canada — will change everything. Zündel promised in 1985 that his trial, even if he were to lose, would put the Nuremberg Trial on trial, and that the slanderers of Germany would meet their “Stalingrad” there. He was right.
Before Ernst Zündel
Before Ernst Zündel, Germany’s accusers never gave a thought to proving the existence of the “gas chambers.” They treated their existence as “proven.” According to Exterminationist Serge Klarsfeld:
It is clear that during the years after 1945 the technical aspects of the gas chambers were a subject that was neglected since no one imagined that someday we would have to prove their existence (Le Monde Juif, January-March, 1987, page 1).
At the Nuremberg trials, the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, and the Frankfurt trial, as well as at many other famous trials, including the Klaus Barbie trial in 1987, there was no attempt to prove this horrible accusation, which has so long weighed on the vanquished German nation. These judicial travesties were similar to the witchcraft trials, in which the accused and their defense lawyers did not question the existence of the Devil and his supernatural doings. In these modern witchcraft trials, it has been taboo to question the existence of “the gas chambers” and their supernatural accomplishments, which defy all laws of physics and chemistry.
Even Klaus Barbie’s French defense attorney, Jacques Vergès, in spite of his courage, refrained from asking for even the slightest proof of the existence of the “gas chambers” to which Klaus Barbie allegedly sent the Jewish children from their refuge in the town of Izieu, near Lyons.
In all these trials of so-called “war crimes” or “crimes against humanity,” the supposedly civilized nations have ignored the elementary rules of criminal law for nearly a half century.
To understand what I mean, let us take, for example, a crime committed in France. Let’s suppose that in this case there is a weapon, a body, and a killer (or presumed killer). Normally the French court would demand four routine reports:
- A report of on-site forensic examination of the body and any suspect item;
- A technical study of the weapon used to commit the crime;
- An autopsy report on the victim, showing how and by what means if death occurred;
- A report on the re-enactment or simulation of the crime, in the presence of the accused, at the scene of the crime.
Even if the defendant has confessed, the judges never decide that further investigations need not be carried out; a confession, to have much judicial value, must be verified and confirmed.
In nearly half a century, however, no one has ever met these elementary standards, in a case that involves not just an ordinary crime perpetrated by a single person with an ordinary weapon (whether blade or bullet), but a supposedly unprecedented crime committed against millions of people with an extraordinary weapon that no judge had ever seen before: a “super gas chamber” for thousands of victims, a virtual mass-production chemical slaughterhouse!
The first trials of Germans accused of having used “gas chambers” or “gas vans” to kill people began in 1943 in the Soviet Union (trials of Kharkov and Krasnodar). They continue to this day, especially in Israel with the Demjanjuk trial. Today, after 47 years of such trials we still do not have:
- A single on-site forensic examination of “gassed” bodies or “gas chambers” or “gas vans";
- A single expert report concluding that a given room or a given van was used for homicidal gassing;
- A single autopsy report concluding that the victim had been killed by any type of poison gas;
- A single report on the re-enactment or simulation of a gassing operation, involving thousands of victims as claimed, demonstrating the process used, and taking into account the dangerous chemicals involved.
In the course of the trial concerning the Struthof-Natzweiler camp, in Alsace, an expert study was in fact made of the “gas chamber” and of the “gassed” bodies (kept at the civilian hospital in Strasbourg), but in each case, Professor René Fabre, a toxicologist, found no traces of gas. As regards Dachau, there was in fact a kind of expert report carried out by Captain Fribourg, of the French army, but although the report concluded that it would be necessary to examine the room provisionally called the “gas chamber,” no such examination was carried out.
During his preliminary investigation in the trial of Rudolf Höss and other Auschwitz officials, examining magistrate Jan Sehn ordered the Institute for Forensic Examination, Copernic Street, Krakow, to test six zinc enclosures allegedly obtained from ventilation openings said to have been part of the “gas chamber” of Krematorium II in Birkenau, and also 25.5 kilos of hair with metallic items in them. Traces of hydrocyanic acid and its compounds were found (expert reports by Dr. Jan Z. Robel, dated December 15, 1945).
There is nothing out of the ordinary in this. The Germans made frequent use of hydrocyanic acid, in the form of Zyklon B for the disinfection of premises, clothing, and personal effects. In Poland, as well as throughout wartime Europe, hair was collected, even in commercial barber shops, for use in clothing (after it was disinfected). What is paradoxical is that, despite having a forensic institute at its disposal, it appears that the Polish justice system never undertook basic, thorough research into the rooms alleged to be “execution gas chambers.”
On-site visits by the courts took place during certain trials, notably the Frankfurt trial (1963-65). The scandal is that parts of the Auschwitz camp were viewed by the visiting official party, but not the supposed “gas chambers,” in spite of the fact that they were there, either in their original condition (as claimed to this day by Polish Communist officials and publications) or in ruins from which much could be determined (see Dr. Wilhelm Stäglich, Auschwitz: A Judge Looks at the Evidence, Institute for Historical Review, 1986).
A re-enactment, which is by definition a simulation, would have been easy to carry out at Birkenau. It would have immediately shown the foolishness of the gassing accusations. Film makers sometimes shoot Hollywood-style “docudramas” at Birkenau, claiming to re-create the arrival of the Jewish convoys on the ramp at Birkenau, near the two crematory buildings that were each supposed to contain 1) a changing room where the victims would take off their clothes, 2) a homicidal gas chamber, and 3) a room containing five crematory ovens with three retorts each. We are told that each group of victims numbered some 2,000 people and there were several such groups burned each day in each crematory. We can see from the size of the buildings and the arrangement of the surrounding areas that any re-enactment would immediately result in fantastic bottlenecks. The overcrowding at the crematories would be spectacular. Decomposing, rotting bodies would pile up all over the area. Assuming that it took one and a half hours (the average time in the funeral industry) to incinerate one body, it follows that after one and a half hours had passed we would find ourselves with the original 2,000 bodies minus the 15 that had been burned, still leaving 1,985 bodies with no place for storage before burning. The “machinery of death” would break down with the first gassing. It would take eight days and eight nights to incinerate 2,000 bodies, assuming continuous operation of the crematoriums. According to cremation experts and crematory operating manuals, however, no crematory can operate continuously, day and night.
Let’s talk about the witnesses who testified at these trials. In all of them, persons have come forward to offer themselves as living witnesses to the “Holocaust” and to the “gas chambers.” How did they, according to their own stories, escape the gas chambers? The answer was very simple: every one of them had benefitted from a miracle. As each survivor passed through one so-called “death camp” after another, he considered his life a sum of miracles. The members of the Sonderkommandos broke all records. According to their stories, the Germans usually gassed the personnel of these units every three months, which means that two years spent at Auschwitz and Birkenau would require a total of seven or eight consecutive miracles for those champions at survival. Only rarely have the lawyers or judges at such trials dared to betray their surprise at so many miracles.
The Olympic champion of gas chamber survivors, Filip Müller, the immortal author of Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers, had some problems with this question at the Frankfurt trial, but he found the perfect answer: he disdainfully explained that the story about the regular liquidation of the Sonderkommando was merely a legend. The extent to which the general public, historians, and judges let themselves be bamboozled by these supposed witnesses to the “Holocaust” is disturbing.
Simone Veil, former French Minister and head of the European Parliament often offers herself as an eyewitness to, and as living proof of, the extermination of the Jews at Auschwitz. If she is living proof of anything, it is that the Germans did not exterminate the Jews at Auschwitz. Simone Veil, her mother and one of her sisters were always together: at Drancy (a French transit camp), at Auschwitz, at Bobrek (a subcamp of Auschwitz), and at Bergen-Belsen. In the last camp they contracted typhus, usually considered a deadly disease at that time. Veil’s mother died there. Like her two daughters, she too had survived Auschwitz. Another daughter survived Ravensbrück.
Personally, I do not consider anyone a “witness” unless he or she successfully passes the test of being cross-examined about the physical aspects of the facts that he or she reports. Please read what I say here carefully: in no trial has a supposed witness to the “gassings” been cross-examined about the physical aspects of the gassing he said he had seen or participated in. Even in the trial of Tesch and Weinbacher, sentenced to death and executed for having made or sold Zyklon B, prosecution witness Charles Sigismund Bendel, on whose testimony the two were largely condemned, did not undergo such a cross-examination (see William Lindsey, “Zyklon B, Auschwitz and the Trial of Dr. Bruno Tesch,” The Journal of Historical Review, Fall 1983, pages 10-23). As a matter of principle and as a defense tactic, lawyers for the accused have avoided the taboo of the “gas chambers” by limiting themselves to saying that, while gas chambers existed, their clients did not gas anyone.
After Ernst Zündel
With the arrival of Ernst Zündel, the veil of trickery was torn asunder. Zündel had the daring not to let himself be intimidated. He showed that indeed, the emperor had no clothes. He confounded the rascals with his direct, no-nonsense approach. Consequently, the prosecution’s experts and witnesses suffered a severe defeat at his trial. And Ernst Zündel, moving to the counter-offensive, taught historians and judges a superb lesson. He showed them what they ought to have done all along. They should have, in a sense, begun with the beginning, which, as we all know, is sometimes very difficult to do. Trying first and foremost to establish what had taken place physically, Ernst Zündel, at his own expense, sent a U.S. expert on execution gas chambers, along with his team, to Poland. This expert, Fred Leuchter, took samples from the ground, the walls, and the floors of the alleged gas chambers and then had them analyzed by an American laboratory.
I have described elsewhere how the experts and witnesses for the prosecution were routed during the 1985 and 1988 Toronto trials. I am not going to return to that subject. I would only like to make it clear that this is not simply my subjective judgment. The proof that I am telling the truth is that at the 1988 trial, Exterminationism’s number one expert Raul Hilberg, the “Pope” of the “Holocaust” legend, refused to testify again, because he still had painful memories of his defeat in 1985 at the hands of Zündel’s defense attorney, Douglas Christie. He said as much in a letter to Prosecutor John Pearson, a letter that was supposed to have remained confidential but which the defense learned of and caused to be made public. Nor did Dr. Rudolf Vrba, and other star witnesses of the 1985 trial, return for the 1988 trial either. Prosecutor Pearson, asked by Judge Ron Thomas whether any “survivors,” would testify, had to respond pitifully (I was present) that at this time they would not.
Out of pity for them, I will not refer here (as I have already done in the above-mentioned article) to the statements made in 1988 by Red Cross representative Charles Biedermann, an apparently honest and intelligent man who nevertheless frequently gave evasive and misleading answers, and by Professor Christopher Browning, who gave a distressing display of what an American university professor can be like: an ignoramus of boundless naïveté, a lover of money and a man without scruples. In him, we had a university professor who accepted $150 an hour from the Canadian taxpayer to come to Toronto to crush a man — Ernst Zündel — because of an opinion and to help throw him in prison: the crime of this man was that he had published in Canada a 14-year-old essay that had been freely distributed in Great Britain and in Browning’s own country.
To me, one of the principal results of the first Leuchter Report was just that it made one simple fact startlingly clear: that no forensic expert study of the “weapon” used to carry out the “Holocaust” crime had previously been done. Since his report was made public, in April of 1988, Leuchter has not found a single person, including those who have shown their anger about his findings, who could refute his report with any other report that had previously been drawn up. As regards those who would criticize some parts of the Leuchter Report, I invite them to make their own investigation and get their own laboratory reports.
There still remains one solution outlined by Fred Leuchter himself in his paper given in Los Angeles in February 1989 during the Ninth International Conference of the Institute for Historical Review: the establishment of an international committee of experts on the problem of the gas chambers. As early as 1982, French historian Henri Amouroux, with whom I had discussed my research, confided to me that he hoped for such a solution. He told me in so many words that what he wanted was an “international” commission, “definitely not a national” commission, because the French seem incapable of any open-mindedness on the question of the gas chambers.
The Polish authorities, unless they develop a sudden appetite for glasnost, will oppose with all their strength any inquiry of that kind, just as they oppose all normal access to the archives of the state Museum of Auschwitz, especially to the death registers (Totenbücher), left behind by the Germans, which would give us an idea of the real number of those who died at Auschwitz and the cause of their deaths.56 In 1987, Tadeusz Iwaszko, the director of the Archives in the Auschwitz Museum, told French journalist Michel Folco (in the presence of pharmacist Jean-Claude Pressac, one of Serge Klarsfeld’s friends) that, “if we were to carry out excavations that did not uncover any proof of the existence of the gas chambers, the Jews would accuse us other Poles of having suppressed the evidence.”
The Second Leuchter Report
It is likely that the first Leuchter Report will for a long time remain the last word about the gas chambers at Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek. As a pioneering effort, it has opened a particularly fertile field of research for others to follow and expand upon.
The Second Leuchter Report, 1989, is also a pioneering work, this time on the question of the alleged gas chambers at Dachau, Mauthausen and Hartheim.
I did not accompany Leuchter and his team to Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Majdanek, but I had thought since 1977 that the American gas chambers that use cyanide gas had to be studied to know the absurdity of the alleged German gas chambers that allegedly used Zyklon B, an insecticide whose base is hydrocyanic acid. I hoped, without really believing it, that some day an expert on the American gas chambers would visit Auschwitz and carry out the kind of physical and chemical study that ought to have been carried out by any honest judicial or historical inquiry.
In 1979, at the time of the first international conference of the Institute for Historical Review, I myself mentioned that idea to several people, especially to Ernst Zündel. In the years that followed, I abandoned all hope. I must say that even among some Revisionists I did not find very much interest in my idea. Perhaps it appeared too bold or too unrealistic. But Ernst Zündel abandoned neither the idea, nor the hope of succeeding. In the preface to the first Leuchter Report, I told how, thanks to Ernst Zündel and to Canadian attorney Barbara Kulaszka, I was able to meet Fred Leuchter in Boston, and how the expedition to Poland was organized. For the expedition into West Germany and Austria, I was part of the Leuchter team. In the report that you are about to read, Fred Leuchter gives us all the important information about the members of that team and about the nature and result of his mission.
From 1945 to 1960, Allied propaganda and the Allied courts told us that homicidal gas chambers had been used at Dachau, Mauthausen, and Hartheim. Apparently, there was no lack of evidence, of witnesses and of confessions to that fact. They especially emphasized the Dachau “gas chamber,” and its victims. American propaganda was so dominant that, if there is any country in the world today where the “gassings” at Dachau are considered to be as well proven as the existence of the pyramids in Egypt, it is the United States. One of the decisive days at the Nuremberg show trial was that on which the prosecution exhibited a film about the German concentration camps. The ultimate horror came with a view of the “gas chamber” at Dachau. The narrator explained the functioning of the machinery that supposedly gassed “probably a hundred men at one time.” We cannot overemphasize how much that film on “Nazi Concentration Camps” — 6,000 feet selected from the 80,000 feet that had been shot — captured and influenced the popular imagination, including most of the German defendants.
It is likely that the two events that helped most to stir up public opinion against the vanquished Germans were the showing of that film, and second, the sort of public confession of Rudolf Höss, “the Commandant of Auschwitz,” made before the tribunal. Today we know that his confession was “dictated.” The substance of it flowed from the sick imagination of a British Jew who was one of the men who tortured Höss after his capture.
But the story of the Dachau “gassings” was also made up out of thin air. We had to wait until 1960 for the liars to admit it.
On August 19, 1960, in Die Zeit, the notorious Martin Broszat admitted that there had never been any homicidal gassings at Dachau. Two years earlier this same historian, to his everlasting shame, had published the “confession” of Rudolf Höss, supposedly written in prison after Höss was turned over to the Polish Communists by the British. In so doing, he had presented it as genuine and trustworthy, yet these “confessions” were essentially the same confessions obtained by the British, and were nothing more than a re-organized and expanded version of the British inventions, with a bit of a Polish flavor added. (In 1972, Martin Broszat became the director of the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich.)
Today, every visitor to the “gas chamber” at Dachau can read on a mobile panel the following statement in five languages:
GAS CHAMBER — disguised as a “shower room” — never used as a gas chamber.
Because the panel is mobile, the film makers who sensationalize evil, as well as other professional liars, can roll it out of view and film or photograph the room from all angles while persisting in saying that it was a gas chamber that was actually used to gas prisoners.
I am amazed at the cynicism of the officials of the Dachau Museum and the naiveté of the museum’s visitors. The words on the panel are not based on reality. In 1980, in my Mémoire en défense contre ceux qui m'accusent de falsifier l'histoire (1980, pages 197-222), I think I illustrated this point. I recounted how I completely embarrassed Barbara Distel, the director of the Museum, and the late Dr. Guerisse, then president of the International Dachau Committee, headquartered in Brussels, by asking them why they called this room a “gas chamber.” When people asked these two how it came to pass that the Germans did not find the time to finish this little “gas chamber” that they began in 1942, they said that the prisoners employed to construct it either sabotaged it or refused to work on it.
But how could the prisoners, unable to have seen something that had never existed anywhere in the world (a gas chamber for 100 people at a time), know from the outset of their work that once the work was completed, they would have constructed a homicidal gas chamber? Do we have here yet another miracle, one of divination and mental telepathy? Did successive prisoner work details pass on the word about this for three years? Would the Germans have given the prisoners an ultra-secret mission, to construct a lethal gas chamber for Dachau inmates, without being concerned about their carrying it out?
Furthermore, how did Barbara Distel and Dr. Guerisse know that the room was an uncompleted gas chamber? Can they explain to us what needs to be added to the “uncompleted” little gas chamber in order to complete it? Where did they get their technical information? Do they have building plans for “gas chambers” in their archives? Have they already seen some “completed” gas chambers? Where and when?
At the time of our visit to Dachau on 9 April 1989, F. Leuchter, Mark Weber and I were videotaped by cameraman Eugen Ernst, first in the “gas chamber,” and then, after leaving it, on a sort of parade ground outside. lt was on this parade ground that we decided to record our comments about the visit. The tourists who had just visited the room saw us and some stopped and listened. F. Leuchter was able to make his report in peace, except for one not too serious incident provoked by one tourist who aggressively asked me if we doubted the reality of the “gas chamber.”
When it was time for historian M. Weber and myself to comment on camera about our visit and observations, the tourists began to gather. Some of them betrayed a little nervousness. We could have interrupted our report and continued it somewhere else in the camp, but I decided to remain where we were and try to exploit the situation. After all, we had there in front of us the best possible audience: all of them had just “seen a gas chamber” and they later would probably tell their friends: “No one can deny the existence of the gas chambers; I saw one myself at Dachau.” I therefore engaged in an improvised debate with the visitors. I made it a point to say that they had not visited a gas chamber at all, but merely a room to which Mrs. Distel, director of the Museum, had given that designation. In so doing, she had made a serious allegation for which she offered no proof (the few photos and documents hung in a room next to the alleged gas chamber proved nothing at all). But who dared to ask her for any proof? Apparently no one. I warned the tourists not to be tempted to go and tell their family circle that they had seen a gas chamber at Dachau. In reality, they had seen nothing of the kind. In the midst of my presentation I let them know that, as far as we Revisionists are concerned, there had been no homicidal gas chambers anywhere, including Auschwitz, nor had there been any German policy to exterminate the Jews.
The whole thing began to look like a sort of 1968-style “happening.” Some visitors reacted angrily, others agreed with us. All of them appeared either indignant or interested. One young German thought that I deserved to be thrown into prison for such statements. The most hostile ones resorted to the usual evasion: “Gas chambers or not, it doesn’t make any difference.” This is an argument that I, as a Frenchman, particularly enjoyed, because in France Jean-Marie Le Pen had been severely condemned by the courts, in response to complaints by Jewish groups, for having said exactly the same thing.
The magical “gas chamber” is the central pillar of the new “Holocaust” religion. It is not the Revisionists, but rather the adherents of the new religion, who make such a fuss about the “gas chambers.” Consequently, we must ask them for some explanation of their attachment to these myths. Of course, they must cling to the gas chamber, for without a specific and systematic means of destruction, it becomes impossible to prove the existence of a specific and systematic program for the destruction of the Jews. Without the “gas chamber,” there is no “genocide.”
Cameraman E. Ernst was able to tape a good part of this “happening,” which allowed me to give my first public presentation in Germany about the taboo of the “gas chambers” and the “genocide” claim, right across from the fake gas chamber of Dachau, one of the most important shrines of the “Holocaust” cult.
The minuscule gas chamber at Mauthausen has never been defended by very many of the Holocaust faithful. It is indefensible. In nearly a half century, only two people have really tried to make us believe in it: Hans Marsalek of Austria and Pierre-Serge Choumoff of France. In their various publications they wisely refrain from showing a real photo of the interior of the room. The reason is simple: the room looks like nothing more than a simple shower room and one can see nothing that would lead one to think that it was a homicidal gas chamber with all the equipment that in such a case would have been indispensable. Marsalek and Choumoff usually don’t show any photo; very rarely they will show an exterior photo of one of its two doors (two doors to a gas chamber, a fact that would definitely double the problems of keeping the chamber air-tight); or, sometimes, they allow the reader to vaguely see a small part of the interior.
At the time of my first visit to Mauthausen in 1978, I had asked two officials of the museum, particularly the director, a former Spanish inmate, why amongst all the postcards of the camp that were on sale to tourists there was not a single one showing the so-called gas chamber. The answer was: “That would be too cruel.” That is a rather surprising answer when you remember that all the concentration camp museums, including the one at Mauthausen, are reminiscent of the “chambers of horrors” that can be seen at country fairs and exhibitions, and when you realize that a sort of “sex-shop anti-Nazism” is one of the most flourishing commodities in “Shoah Business.”
During that same visit, I also wanted to know why they did not display, either in the “gas chamber” itself or in the museum, any document or any expert report proving that what looked like a shower room was in fact a homicidal gas chamber. The camp’s director dared to reply that the text of such an expert report was on display in the “gas chamber” itself. That was not true. Forced to acknowledge that, he then told me about an expert report that could be found in Linz, but he gave no further details about it. It is clear that, if there were any such expert report, it would be reprinted in all the works devoted to Mauthausen and that it would be mentioned in all the “Holocaust” bibliographies.
During our inspection of Mauthausen on 10 April 1989, an incident took place involving the camp authorities. We visited the place at an early hour in the morning to allow F. Leuchter to take his samples without too much risk. No sooner had he finished his task (that caused a great deal of noise) than some groups of visitors began to go through the “gas chamber.” They were mostly children from schools that indoctrinate them systematically to feel shame and hatred for what previous generations of Germans and Austrians supposedly did during the war (Austria is the chosen home of the malevolent Simon Wiesenthal). The guides, either museum officials or teachers, talked at length about the “gas chamber” and how it worked, giving the usual, typical explanations found in popular “Holocaust literature,” that contradicted each other on many points.
Without any previous agreement between us, M. Weber and I, under the watchful eye of E. Ernst’s rolling camera, began to ask questions of the museum tour guide, who seemed to be the highest ranking on the scene. After being at first very sure of himself, the poor man, bombarded with questions, finally had to admit that no one knew very much about how that “gas chamber” had worked. It appeared that over the years the story had taken extremely varied forms. They had given visitors three successive contradictory versions of the gassing procedure:
Version No. 1—
The gas came from the ceiling through shower heads (still in existence): that version, the official told us, was abandoned when people noticed that considering the low ceiling, the victims could have simply put their hands over the shower heads to block them up and prevent the spread of the gas;
Version No. 2—
The gas came in from the ceiling and was vented at the time of the airing-out process through a sort of chimney opening, still in existence, located on the west side: the official was not able to tell us why that version of the story also had to be abandoned;
Version No. 3—
The gas came through a thin, perforated pipe located on the east wall, about 80 centimeters above the ground. That is, it came from the part of the room diametrically opposite to where it had been in version No. 2. There is no longer any trace of that pipe, or even of the opening through which it supposedly came from the adjacent room, where the gas was generated. The adjacent room is completely empty and contains nothing that gives any hint of what it had been used for.
All of that was already troubling, but perhaps the most troubling thing was that the whole explanation given on a metal plaque inside the gas chamber was that of version No. 2. I mentioned that to the official, who explained that the text of the plaque was a mistake and that the procedure described there was no longer the right one.
I observed that version No. 3, the one currently considered to be authentic, had the problem of being, physically, extremely unlikely. Because it was located 80 centimeters above the ground, the perforated pipe, even if it had been partially embedded in the wall to resist the pressure of the bodies inside, would have been blocked up by the bodies of the victims jammed into the gas chamber. How would the gas have spread itself normally in the “gas chamber” so as to kill all the victims throughout the room’s entirety? The official finally said that he was not a scientist and that his explanation was that given in the book written by Hans Marsalek.
A few minutes after the museum tour guide left, two police officers appeared and ordered us to stop all filming. They informed us that we could photograph all of Mauthausen except the “gas chamber” and the crematory oven. However, there was no announcement advising tourists of that. In any event, thousands of visitors have photographed the two places without any warnings from the camp authorities.
At Mauthausen, I had the feeling that the camp authorities lived in something of a siege mentality. They appeared to be haunted by the progress of Revisionism in Austria and by the Revisionist work of people such as Emil Lachout, Gerd Honsik, and Walter Ochensberger. (In passing, I would like to pay homage to the memory of another Austrian, Franz Scheidl. In the 1960s, at his own expense, he published a whole series of studies bearing the general title Geschichte der Verfemung Deutschlands [History of the Defamation of Germany]. It has remained largely unknown, even to many Revisionists).
Hartheim Castle can be seen from a great distance, sitting as it does in the middle of a plain. For an area that allegedly served as a place to carry out the most secret of crimes, it is quite impossible to hide. The castle was, before and after the war, a sort of asylum. It still is today. Hartheim Castle contains a small, inoffensive-looking room that makes one wonder why the practitioners of the Big Lie decide to call it a homicidal “gas chamber.” It is one of the most insulting and most baffling inventions of the “Holocaust” religion. Today I can see only one else for it: to those who mock the religious superstitions of the past as if our era were more enlightened and more intelligent than in past centuries, I would gladly say:
Go visit the “gas chamber” at Hartheim Castle and then come tell me whether you feel humiliated to be treated like imbeciles by people who dare to say that it was once a gas chamber.
I do not know of any publication that reproduces a photo of this minuscule “gas chamber.” It was identified as such by Hans Marsalek, in the English version of the confession that he supposedly took from Franz Ziereis, Commandant at Mauthausen, regarding the:
… large gassing establishment where, in Ziereis' estimate, between 1 and 1.5 million people were killed (!).
The Revisionist intifada
The current disarray of the defenders of the “Holocaust” has its curious effects. Up to the end of the 1970s, they believed that in Auschwitz, Birkenau and other camps located in Poland they had “solid proof” of the existence of the “gas chambers” and therefore of the “genocide” of the Jews. Up until that time they went so far as to say that there were some exaggerations and that the camps located outside present-day Poland probably or certainly did not have any gas chambers.
Beginning with the start of the 1990s, under the pressure of Revisionist writings, the “gas chambers” in Poland and in particular those at Auschwitz and Birkenau seemed more and more doubtful. This then produced a reaction motivated by fear. In a movement comparable to that of religious or political fundamentalism, the Exterminationists called for a return to the original faith and doctrine. They “re-established” the gas chambers that had been abandoned. They set out to reaffirm that there had indeed been “gas chambers” at Mauthausen, Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrück, Neuengamme, Struthof-Natzweiler, and perhaps even at Dachau. I refer here to the book by Adalbert Rückerl, Hermann Langbein, Eugen Kogon and 21 other writers: NS-Massentötungen durch Giftgas (Fischer Verlag, 1983).
As regards Mauthausen, some people, including Claude Lanzmann and Yehuda Bauer, went so far as to retract the story. In 1982, Bauer clearly wrote that “no gassings took place at Mauthausen.” Lanzmann was just as clear. In 1988, during a bitter debate about the Roques affair on Europe 1 (a French radio network), he corrected cabinet member Michel Noir, who had mentioned the Mauthausen “gas chamber.” Lanzmann firmly contradicted the Minister on this score: never had there been a gas chamber in that camp. But all of that did not prevent our two fellows from stating later on that there had indeed been a “gas chamber” at Mauthausen. (For Bauer’s retraction, see pages 33-34 of the absurd book published in Vienna in 1989, by the Dokumentations-Archiv des österreichischen Widerstandes under the title Das Lachout-"Dokument,” Anatomie einer Fälschung. As regards Lanzmann’s retraction, read his letter published in Le Monde Juif, July-September 1986, page 97).
All those retractions, sudden changes of direction and constantly shifting explanations add up to one further proof that the “gas chamber” and the “genocide” are nothing more than a myth. A myth constantly mutates under the influence of the dominant opinions and the necessities of the moment.
The Exterminationists of today have only two refuges left there, two points where they hope to be able to anchor their faith: the “gas van” and Treblinka. As regards the first point, I can tell them that the Frenchman Pierre Marais will soon publish a book entitled Le Problème historique des camions à gaz (The Historical Problem of the Gas Vans). On the second point, I can tell them that they are going to lose Treblinka as they have already lost Auschwitz.
The promoters of the “Holocaust,” for the foreseeable future, will keep their money, their power, their capacity to produce films, to stage ceremonies, to build museums, but those films and ceremonies and museums will be more and more devoid of meaning. They will be able still to find more and more ways of repressing the Revisionists through physical attacks, press campaigns, the passing of special laws and even murder. Fifty years after the war they will continue to prosecute all those they call “war criminals” in show trials. The Revisionists will reply to them with historical and forensic studies, scholarly and technical books. Those books and those studies will be our stones, in this our intellectual Intifada.
The Jews will have a choice: they can either follow the example of the rare few among them who have been courageous and honorable enough to denounce the Big Lie, or they can support the melodramatic activities of people such as Elie Wiesel and Samuel Pisar and the shameful witch hunts carried out by such people as Simon Wiesenthal, Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, and the O.S.I. in the United States.
David Irving, who rallied to the support of the Revisionist position in 1988, recently said:
The Jewish community have to examine their consciences. They have been propagating something that isn’t true. (The Jewish Chronicle, London, 23 June 1989).
I couldn’t have said it better.
The first Leuchter Report
Fred A. Leuchter. An Engineering Report on the Alleged Execution Gas Chambers of Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek, Poland. 1988. 193 pages. This report was prepared for Ernst Zündel; it was entered as a lettered exhibit at the “false news” trial of Ernst Zündel in Toronto, Canada, in 1988; contains copies of the original certificates of analysis of fragments of brick and mortar samples gathered at Auschwitz and Birkenau.
Fred A. Leuchter. The Leuchter Report: The End of a Myth. Foreword by Robert Faurisson, Toronto, Ontario: Samisdat Publishers Ltd.; 1988. 132 pages, printed under license in the United States, P.O. Box 72, Decatur, Alabama 35602, U.S.A. Illustrated edition of the original report; the results of the analysis of the bricks and mortar are presented with charts in condensed format.
Fred A. Leuchter. “Rapport technique sur les présumées chambres à gaz homicides d'Auschwitz, de Birkenau et de Majdanek.” Foreword by Robert Faurisson. Annales d'histoire révisionniste, no. 5, Summer-Fall 1988, pages 51-102. This article reproduces only the essential part of the report as well as one chart and eight tables.
Document L-159: Document No. 47 of the 79th Congress, first session, Senate: Report (15 May 1945) of the Committee Requested by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower … to the Congress of the United States Relative to Atrocities and Other Conditions in Concentration Camps in Germany, carried out by a Special Committee of Congress after visiting the Concentration Camps at Buchenwald, Nordhausen, and Dachau (Exhibit No. USA-222), IMT,57 XXXVII, page 621:
A distinguishing feature of the Dachau Camp was the gas chamber for the execution of prisoners and the somewhat elaborate facilities for execution by shooting.
The gas chamber was located in the center of a large room in the crematory building. It was built of concrete. Its dimensions were about 20 by 20 feet and the ceiling was some 19 feet in height. In two opposite walls of the chamber were airtight doors through which condemned prisoners could be sent into the chamber for the execution and removed after execution. The supply of gas into the chamber was controlled by means of two valves on one of the outer walls, and beneath the valves was a small glass-covered peephole through which the operator could watch the victims die. The gas was let into the chamber through pipes terminating in perforated brass fixtures set into the ceiling. The chamber was of size sufficient to execute probably a hundred men at one time.
OSS Section, United States 7th Army, Dachau Concentration Camp, Foreword by Col. William W. Quinn, 1945, page 33:
Gas Chambers [plural]: the internees who were brought to camp Dachau for the sole purpose of being executed were in most cases Jews and Russians. They were brought into the compound, lined up near the gas chambers, and were screened in a similar manner as internees who came to Dachau for imprisonment. Then they were marched to a room and told to undress. Everyone was given a towel and a piece of soap, as though they were about to take a shower. During this whole whole screening process, no hint was ever given that they were to be executed, for the routine was similar upon arrival to all internees at the camp.
Then they entered the gas chamber. Over the entrance, in large black letters, was written “Brause Bad” (showers). There were about 15 shower faucets suspended from the ceiling from which gas was then released. There was one large chamber, capacity of which was 200, and five smaller gas chambers, capacity of each being 50. It took approximately 10 minutes for the execution. From the gas chamber, the door led to the Krematory to which the bodies were removed by internees who were selected for the job. The dead bodies were then placed in 5 furnaces, two or three bodies at a time.
French Military Mission with the Sixth Army Group, Chemical Warfare, nr. 23/Z, Chambre à gaz de Dachau, Rapports du capitaine Fribourg, 5 and 17 May 1945, five pages, six plates, one photo (25 May 1945) (original language: French). Captain Fribourg, after a one-day examination of Dachau, did not reach any definitive conclusion in his report. He felt that a second visit would be necessary to discover the system for circulation of the poison gas and the possible connections with the disinfection gas chambers located nearby. He also recommended an investigation of all the walls.
Captain P. M. Martinot. 23 May 1945. Report on the Conditions in the Prison Camps, dictated by Capt. P. M. Martinot on 23 May 1945, page 226. U.S. National Archives at Suitland, Maryland, Record Group (RG)153, 19-22 BK37, U.S. War Department, War Crimes Office, Judge Advocate General’s Office (original text: English):
I was told by an eyewitness of the mass extermination of Jews who were sent in a gas chamber 500 at a time and from there into the crematorium and the operation repeated until the whole convoy of several thousand people was disposed of. In the camp of Auschwitz the same thing took place but on a much larger scale with six crematories working night and day for several days. Witness: Wladislaus Malyszko.
Headquarters Third United States Army, Enemy Equipment Intelligence Service Team Number 1, Chemical Warfare Service, 22 August 1945, Report by Sgt. Joseph H. Gilbert to Major James F. Munn: Subject: Dachau Gas Chamber (3 pages; enclosures), page 3:
Based on the interviews noted above, and further, based on actual inspection of the Dachau gas chamber (it has apparently been unused), it is the opinion of the undersigned that the gas chamber was a failure for execution purposes and that no experimental work ever took place in it. In view of the fact that much reliable information has been furnished the Allies by former inmates regarding the malaria, air pressure and cold water experiments, it is reasonable to assume that if such gas experiments took place, similar information would be available.
Document PS-2430: Nazi Concentration and Prisoner-of-War Camps: A Documentary Motion Picture, film shown at the Nuremberg Trial, 29 November 1945, IMT, XXX, page 470.
Dachau — factory of horrors… Hanging in orderly rows were the clothes of prisoners who had been suffocated in the lethal gas chamber. They had been persuaded to remove their clothes under the pretext of taking a shower for which towels and soap were provided. This is the Brausebad — the shower bath. Inside the shower bath — the gas vents. On the ceiling — the dummy shower heads. In the engineer’s room — the intake and outlet pipes. Push buttons to control inflow and outtake of gas. A hand-valve to regulate pressure. Cyanide powder was used to generate the lethal smoke. From the gas chamber, the bodies were removed to the crematory.
Philipp Rauscher, Never Again/Jamais Plus, Munich, 1945 (?) (original languages: English and French); contains a plan of the crematory area; page 24:
The gas chamber was built for mass executions. There they used the asphyxiating gas Zyklon B.
Document NO-3859/64 and 3884/89 (original language: German): 28 pages of documents and plans (1942) for “Baracke X” (Staatsarchiv Nürnberg). None of those documents leads one to believe there was a gas chamber there.
Document PS-3249 (original language: German): testimony under oath of the Czech prisoner, Dr. Franz Blaha, MD, 9 January 1946, IMT, XXXII, page 62, also quoted in IMT, V, page 173:
Many executions by gas or shooting or injections took place right in the camp. The gas chamber was completed in 1944, and I was called by Dr. Rauscher to examine the first victims. Of the eight or nine persons in the chamber there were three still alive, and the remainder appeared to be dead. Their eyes were red, and their faces were swollen. Many prisoners were later killed in this way. Afterwards they were removed to the crematorium where I had to examine their teeth for gold.
Two days later, on 11 January 1946, Dr. Blaha testified at the Nuremberg Tribunal. The American Executive Trial Counsel, Thomas J. Dodd, read his testimony. Neither the prosecution nor the defense asked the witness for clarifications on the subject of the gas chamber. Very likely the Presiding Judge of the Tribunal, the British Lord Justice Lawrence, would not have allowed any such request for clarification, because, implicitly, “judicial notice” had been taken of the existence of the gas chambers, as is indicated by the official report of the various Allied commissions of inquiry on “war crimes” (Article 21 of the IMT Charter) and because questions thought to be too indiscreet were not really allowed. For example, when Dr. Blaha was asked a difficult question by Dr. Alfred Thomas, Alfred Rosenberg’s defense lawyer, Lord Justice Lawrence interrupted him to say: “… this is intended to be an expeditious trial …” (IMT, V, page 194). Article 19 of the IMT Charter said: “The Tribunal shall not be bound by technical rules of evidence. It shall adopt and apply to the greatest possible extent expeditious and non-technical procedure, and shall admit any evidence which it deems to have probative value.”
On 28 July 1946, Sir Hartley Shawcross, the British Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Tribunal, mentioned “the gas chambers and the crematories” not only at Auschwitz and Treblinka but also at Dachau, Buchenwald, Mauthausen, Majdanek, and Oranienburg (IMT, XIX, page 434). Shawcross is still alive in 1990, living in London and serving in the British House of Lords.
Lieutenant Hugh C. Daly, 42 nd “Rainbow” Infantry Division: A Combat History of World War II. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Army and Navy Publishing Company; 1946:
Prisoners (were) herded into the gas chambers to die … Thousands of men, women and children died this way in Dachau … the business of murder by gas continued (page 99).
On page 105, a photo caption says:
Killed by gas, these bodies are piled in a “storage room” awaiting cremation, but furnaces were shut down for lack of coal.
M.G. Morelli (Dominican priest), Terre de détresse. Bloud and Gay Publishers; 1947, page 15 (original language: French):
I look fearfully at that sinister porthole through which the Nazi executioners could peacefully watch the miserable people suffer after they were gassed.
On page 73:
From time to time, they would pick out from that crowd of inmates (in the sick block), the elements of a convoy which were sent to some gas chamber.
Msgr. Gabriel Piguet (Bishop of Clermont-Ferrand), Prison et déportation. Spes Publishing House; 1947. page 77 (original language: French):
I made a short stay in Block 28, occupied by 800 Polish priests … Several of the old priests, judged to be useless, were sent to the gas chamber.
“The Müller Document.” 1 October 1948 (original language: German). According to the Austrian Emil Lachout, the Allied military police and its Austrian auxiliaries regularly received copies of reports drawn up by the commissions of inquiry on the concentration camps. Those reports were used for research on “war crimes.” On 1 October 1948, Commander Anton Müller and his second-in-command, Emil Lachout, sent the following memo from Vienna to all interested parties:58
Military Police service
Circular Letter No. 31/48.
Vienna, 1 Oct. 1948.
1. The Allied Commissions of Inquiry have so far established that no people were killed by poison gas in the following concentration camps: Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Flossenbürg, Gross-Rosen, Mauthausen and its satellite camps, Natzweiler, Neuengamme, Niederhagen [Wewelsburg], Ravensbrück, Sachsenhausen, Stutthof, Theresienstadt.
In those cases, it has been possible to prove that confessions had been extracted by torture, and that testimonies were false. This must be taken into account when conducting investigations and interrogations with respect to war crimes. The result of this investigation should be brought to the cognizance of former concentration camp inmates who at the time of the hearings testified about the murder of people, especially Jews, with poison gas in those concentration camps. Should they insist on their statements, charges are to be brought against them for making false statements.
Gerald Reitlinger, The Final Solution: The Attempt to Exterminate the Jews of Europe, 1939-1945. London: Jason Aronson, Inc.; 1987 (the first edition appeared in 1953); page 134:
Thus, eventually every German concentration camp acquired a gas chamber of sorts, though their use proved difficult. The Dachau gas chamber, for instance, has been preserved by the American occupation authorities as an object lesson, but its construction was hampered and its use restricted to a few experimental victims, Jews or Russian prisoners of war, who had been committed by the Munich Gestapo.
Stephen F. Pinter, Letter on “German Atrocities” in Our Sunday Visitor, 14 June 1959, page 15:
I was in Dachau for 17 months after the war, as a U.S. War Department Attorney, and can state that there was no gas chamber at Dachau.
Martin Broszat, Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, letter to Die Zeit, 19 August 1960, page 16 (original language: German):
Neither in Dachau, nor in Bergen-Belsen, nor in Buchenwald, were Jews or other inmates gassed. The gas chamber in Dachau was never completed and put “into operation.”
Common Sense (New Jersey, USA), 1 June 1962, page 2, republished from Combat, London, England, “The False Gas Chamber":
The camp had to have a gas chamber, so, since one did not exist it was decided to pretend that the shower bath had been one. Capt. Strauss (U.S. Army) and his prisoners got to work on it. Previously it had flag stones to the height of about four feet. Similar flag stones in the drying room next door were taken out and put above those in the shower bath, and a new lower ceiling was created at the top of this second row of flag stones with iron funnels in it (the inlets for the gas).
Nerin E. Gun, The Day of the Americans. New York: Fleet; 1988; between page 64 and page 85, three photo captions read:
1) The “shower.” Photographed by Gun [a former inmate] with stolen camera. This was, of course, the gas chamber;
2) Inside the gas chamber. The Zyklon B bomb [sic] made by the German industrial giant, I. G. Farben, was dropped on the floor. Prisoners were told they were going to take a shower;
3) The gas chamber. At the moment of the liberation, the hour of the last operation was still written on the door. Since then Germans have tried to deny that there was a gas chamber in the camp. This photograph is proof: it was taken the day of the liberation.
On page 129, the author indicates that in Dachau “3,166 were gassed.”
Paul Berben, Dachau 1933-1945, The Official History, London, The Norfolk Press, 1975 (original language: French; first published 1968). As the book jacket indicates, this is the “Official History” of the camp. This 329 page work contains only a few, very confused paragraphs about the gas chamber, on pages 13 and 210-212.59 The gas chamber had allegedly been designed, for homicidal purposes (?), at the beginning of 1942, but in April 1945, at the time the camp was liberated, it had not yet functioned as such “because, to a certain extent it seems [emphasis added], of sabotage carried out by the team of prisoners given the job of building it” (page 13 of the French edition; this does not appear in the English edition of the book [London: The Norfolk Press; 1975], page 8)!
What is confusing is that this team of prisoners seems to have been given the job of building, in that location, a disinfection gas chamber in October 1944: “In October 1944, the 'Construction and Repair Commando' chosen from that of the heating plant (Kesselhaus) was given the job of installing the pipes in the gas chamber” [page 202 in the French edition, but left out of the English edition, page 176]. “During the winter of 1944-45, the disinfection squad, under the authority of the chief S.S. doctor, started disinfecting [in that location] by gas, the piles of vermin-ridden clothes” (English translation, pages 8-9).
Please allow me one hypothesis and a few questions:
Hypothesis: That mysterious room at Dachau which, for the obvious reasons given by F. Leuchter, could not have been used to gas humans, could it not have been, in the first place, a shower (thus explaining the inscription “Brausebad” on the outside), and, later, starting at the end of 1944, a disinfection chamber? Couldn’t the heating team have changed a shower into a disinfection gas chamber (and the inscription “Brausebad” been left on the outside)? Couldn’t that disinfection have been done with steam? At Auschwitz, the disinfections were carried out either in gas chambers (using, for example, Zyklon B) or in steam chambers; all for the disinfection of clothes.
1) A panel located in the room, for the benefit of visitors, bears an inscription. Until the beginning of the 1980s the English text was: “ gas chamber disguised as a 'shower room' — never used.” Then, probably about 1985, lt was changed to: gas chamber disguised as a 'shower room' — never used as a gas chamber.” Why are visitors not told straightforwardly that the room had been used for the disinfection of clothes?
2) Behind that room, they have shielded from the curiosity of visitors a section of the building where there is an enormous insulated pipe, a hand-wheel such as that of a boiler, and other heating elements; there is a large glimpse of it in the Nuremberg film (see above, PS-2430) and today one can see that part of the building through the windows of the rear of the building. Why do they deny visitors normal access to that part of the building? Is it because it would be too obvious to specialists in insulation and heating that the whole installation is relatively commonplace? Why is it not possible to visit the room from which the enormous insulated pipe apparently originates?
3) Paul Berben obviously does not mention all the sources that he has used to sketch, in his fashion, the story of that mysterious room. He is satisfied to refer people especially to one testimony, that of someone named Karl Nonnengesser. Why?
Encyclopaedia Judaica. Jerusalem: 1971. Article on “Dachau":
Gas chambers [plural] were built in Dachau but never used.
Earl F. Ziemke (professor of history at the University of Georgia), The U.S. Army in the Occupation of Germany, 1944-1946 . Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, U.S. Army; 1975; page 252, mentions “the gas chamber” as if it had functioned.
Germaine Tillion, Ravensbrück. New York: Doubleday; pages 221-222 (English translation of French original). G. Tillion firmly maintains that there was a gas chamber at Dachau and that it was used. She criticizes Martin Broszat for having written in Die Zeit that there was no “Brausebad” inscription, but Broszat wrote nothing of the kind (see above). She presents the report of Capt. Fribourg as if it established without any doubt the existence and operation of that gas chamber, but Capt. Fribourg also wrote nothing of the kind (see above).
Paul W. Valentine. “WW II veteran recalls his sad duty at Dachau". Washington Post; 21 April 1978. page b3: an interview with “George R. Rodericks, a young U.S. Army captain in May 1945 when his unit was assigned to count the bodies at Dachau … an assistant adjutant general for the 7th Army in Germany … commanded the 52nd Statistical Unit responsible for maintaining U.S. personnel inventories.” This G. R. Rodericks, supposedly a statistician, gives incredible numbers of bodies (20,000 piled in a warehouse) and of gas ovens (50 to 60) and talks about 'shower' facilities where [prisoners] were gassed to death.”
Arthur Suzman and Denis Diamond. Six Million Did Die/The Truth Shall Prevail. Johannesburg: publication of the Committee of Jewish Representatives of South Africa; 1978. 2nd edition. On page 117 there is a quotation taken from a “report on Dachau concentration camp … signed by C.S. Coetzee and J. Montgomery, who visited the camp on or about 7th May, 1945":
The gas chamber, about 20 feet by 20 feet, bears all the characteristics of an ordinary communal shower room with about fifty shower sprays in the roof, cement ceiling and cement floor. But there is not the usual ventilation, and the sprays squirted poison gas. One noticed that the doors, as well as the small window, were rubber-lined and that there was a conveniently situated glass-covered peephole to enable the controller to see when the gas could be turned off. From the lethal chamber a door leads to the crematorium. We inspected the elaborate controls and gas pipes leading into the chamber.
Behind the crematorium there was an execution place for those who had to die by rifle fire; and there were ample signs that this place had been in frequent use.
On page 122, the caption reads:
Victims of the Dachau gas chamber lie piled to the ceiling in the crematorium.
Document L-159 is quoted on pages 127 and 129.
International Dachau Committee. Konzentrationslager Dachau, 1933-1945 . 1978. 5th edition (original language: German); page 165:
The gas chamber, disguised as a shower room, was never put into operation. Thousands of inmates destined for annihilation were sent to other camps or to Hartheim Castle near Linz for gassing.
Robert Faurisson. Mémoire en défense contre ceux qui m'accusent de falsifer l'Histoire. Paris: La Vieille Taupe; 1980 (original language: French). The author discusses, on pages 204-209, the correspondence that he exchanged in 1977 and 1978 with Barbara Distel, Director of the Dachau Museum, and with Dr. A. Guerisse, President of the International Dachau Committee in Brussels, and deals with the impasse in which those people found themselves when asked to provide the slightest proof of the existence of a Dachau gas chamber used for executions.
Robert Faurisson. Réponse à Pierre Vidal-Naquet, 2nd edition. Paris: La Vieille Taupe; 1980. On page 82, the author analyzes the testimony of Fernand Grenier, contained in his book, C'était ainsi (1940-1945) [So It Was], published by Editions Sociales, 7th edition, 1970, and reported in these terms (page 267):
To the side of the four crematory ovens which never stopped working there was a room: some showers with sprinkler heads in the ceiling. In the preceding year  they had given a towel and a piece of soap to 120 children, from 8 to 14 years of age. They were quite happy when they went inside. The doors were closed. Asphyxiating gas came out of the showers. Ten minutes later, death had killed these innocents whom the crematory ovens reduced to ashes an hour later.
René Levesque. Memoirs. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Limited; 1986; pages 192-193:
Before putting their prisoners to work [at Dachau], the Germans always stripped them of all their possessions, including their gold teeth. Then they worked them to death, especially the last year when rations were becoming scarce. At the end of the road they were sent to the “baths” (Baden), shabby-looking sheds linked to a reservoir by a couple of pipes. When the baths were full to the seams they opened the gas, and then when the last groans had ceased, the bodies were taken to the ovens next door.
When news of this reached Quebec, and for some time after, people refused to believe. Heavy skepticism greeted such stories, which surpassed understanding … I can assure you that it was real, all right, that the gas chamber was real in its nightmarish unreality. The loaders had gone, trying to save their skins, leaving behind their last load of corpses, naked as worms in their muddy pallor.
Yad Vashem. Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. New York: MacMillan; 1990. Article on “Dachau,” written by Barbara Distel, Director of the Dachau Museum:
In Dachau there was no mass extermination program with poison gas … In 1942 a gas chamber was built in Dachau, but it was not put into use.
These 29 references amount to only a sketch of a bibliography of the supposed “gas chamber” at Dachau. A researcher would have to do research in the Dachau Museum and in various research centers in the United States or Germany to study the transcripts there of the pre-trial investigation and the trials of such people as Martin Gottfried Weiss or Oswald Pohl. One could likewise compare photographs thought to represent the gas chamber or gas chambers of Dachau: three of those photographs are well known:
- That of a G.I. wearing a helmet and looking at the disinfection gas chambers, thought at the time of the photograph to be homicidal gas chambers at Dachau;
- Two G.I.s wearing police headgear and looking at the “shower” (Brausebad), then thought to have been the gas chamber;
- G.I.s along with several American senators or congressmen visiting the interior of the so-called “gas chamber.”
Document PS-499, 8 May 1945. A part of this document consists of a “List of the Different Methods of Killing Inmates in Concentration Camp Mauthausen” (original language: German), page 2:
The sick, the weak and those inmates unfit for work were from time to time gassed in the gas chamber, in addition to political prisoners who were to be eliminated. Up to 120 inmates, naked, could be fit into the gas chamber and then Zyklon B was introduced. It often took hours for death to occur. The SS murderers watched the proceedings through a glass window in the door.
Document PS-2285, 13 May 1945. Deposition under oath by Lieutenant-General Guivante de Saint-Gaste and by Lieut. Jean Veith, both members of the French army (IMT, XXX, page 142):
The K prisoners were taken directly to the prison where they were unclothed and taken to the “bathrooms.” This bathroom in the cellars of the prison building near the crematory was specially designed for executions (shooting and gassing).
The shooting took place by means of a measuring apparatus. The prisoner being backed towards a metrical measure with an automatic contraption releasing a bullet in his neck as soon as the moving plank determining his height touched the top of his head.
If a transport consisted of too many “K” prisoners, instead of losing time for the “measuration” they were exterminated by gas sent into the bathroom instead of water.
It is odd that two French officers would have given a deposition under oath in English. The authors were never examined nor cross-examined in court about it. The American Executive Trial Counsel, Col. Robert G. Storey, read it into the record on 2 January 1946. The official French translation is faulty (TMI, IV, page 270).
Document PS-1515, 24 May 1945 (original language: German). The so-called “Deposition of the Camp Commander of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, SS Colonel (Standartenführer) Franz Ziereis.” In its original form, this ten page document, typewritten in German, does not bear any signature. It says: “Franz Ziereis, lying on a straw pallet, wounded in the stomach and the left arm by two shots made the following declaration to questions put to him by two persons of Intelligence.” Franz Ziereis was interrogated for six to eight hours, then he died. That torture session took place in the presence of the American General Seibel, Commandant of the 11 th Armored Division (as of 1989, still living in Defiance, Ohio). One of the two interrogators was Hans Marsalek, a former prisoner, who now lives in Vienna, Austria, a high official of the police and the author of numerous works on Mauthausen:
By order of the SS-Haupsturmführer Dr. Krebsbach, a chamber camouflaged as a bathroom was built in Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The prisoners were gassed in that camouflaged bathroom … Actually the gas chamber was constructed in Mauthausen by order of SS-Obergruppenführer Glücks, who advocated the viewpoint that it was more humane to gas prisoners than to shoot them.
This “deposition” is sometimes interrupted by remarks on the pad of the interrogators, e.g., about the “insolent arrogance” of Ziereis. It ends with the following words: “Furthermore, Ziereis declares that, according to his estimation some 16,000,000 (??) people have been murdered in the entire territory of Warsaw, Kowno, Riga and Libau.” For the comments that Ziereis supposedly had on Hartheim Castle, see below, “Hartheim Castle.”
An extra page says:
Do not use 1515-PS — This statement has been corrected and superceded. — See: 3870-PS. — (Signed) D. Spencer.
Document PS-2176. 17 June 1945. “Report of investigation of Alleged War Crimes” by Major Eugene S. Cohen, Investigating Officer, Office of the Judge Advocate General (American Third Army). One finds some extracts from this in IMT, XXIX, pages 308-314. This report seems to be the principal document concerning Mauthausen and Hartheim Castle. One can find it in the National Archives in Washington, Record Group 238, “U.S. Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality Nuremberg Papers,” Box 26, but a large number of the documents or exhibits were not available at the time of our research. Exhibits 75 and 77 are supposed to be declarations made by Ziereis. Exhibit 216 is a “Specimen of poison gas used in the gas chamber at Mauthausen and Gusen No. 1 and No. 2” (actually, a can of Zyklon B disinfectant).
Document F-274, before October 1945 (original language: French). Official report of the French government, IMT, XXXVII, page 118:
… political prisoners [killed] in the gas chambers [plural] at Mauthausen …
Document PS-2223, 3 August 1945 (?). “Report of Investigation of Alleged War Crimes.” Among twenty reports or depositions under oath, a report dated 13-14 February 1945 on the interrogation of two Polish deserters, both former members of the Polish Army, who relate their experiences at Mauthausen and Gusen:
A gas chamber with a capacity of 200 took care of many other victims; many women, among the Czech patriots, suspected of sabotage and refusing to give information, were gassed there.
Document PS-2753, 7 November 1945 (original language: German). Testimony of SS-man Aloïs Höllriegl, IMT, XXXI, page 93:
The noise that accompanied the gassing process was familiar to me.
On 4 January 1946, at the Nuremberg trial, the American Associate Trial Counsel, Col. John Harlan Amen, questioned Aloïs Höllriegl. Amen did not ask him any questions about the gassing mechanism. The “confession” by Höllriegl about the Mauthausen gassings played the same role as the “confessions” of Rudolf Höss on the gassings at Auschwitz. In both cases, the interrogation was conducted by Amen for the purpose of incriminating Ernst Kaltenbrunner.
Prosecution in Nuremberg trial. 20 November 1945 (IMT, II, page 51). Some French officers, after their attempt to escape the prisoner of war camps, were transferred to Mauthausen:
When they arrived in the camp, they were either shot or sent to the gas chambers.
Document PS-2430. Nazi Concentration and Prisoner-of-War Camps: A Documentary Motion Picture. A film shown on November 29, 1945. IMT, XXX, page 468. In contrast to the excerpt from the film that deals with Dachau, the excerpt dealing with Mauthausen does not contain any view of a “gas chamber.” The film limits itself to showing a naval lieutenant from Hollywood, California, who states that people had been executed by gas in the camp: among those was an American Army officer taken prisoner by the Germans.
Document PS-3846, 30 November and 3 December 1945. Interrogation of Johann Kanduth, former prisoner, IMT, XXXIII, pages 239-243:60
They were shot in the back of the neck. There were also women. Some were killed in the gas chamber … Gissriegel/ he had led the sick to the gas chamber … Altfudish … led the women to the room where they undressed, afterwards he brought the next 30. They had to go to the gas chamber … A record (was) made of the prisoners of CC Mauthausen who were killed by shooting, gassing, cremating or by injections … [these notes] are true, that 2-3,000 were killed in the gas chambers or on transport, we don’t know the exact number … Kaltenbrunner [on a visit] went laughing in the gas chamber. Then the people were brought from the bunker to be executed and then all the three kinds of executions: hanging, shooting in the back of the neck and gassing were demonstrated. After the dust had disappeared, we had to take away the bodies.
This testimony was read by U.S. Associate Trial Counsel Col. John Harlan Amen on 12 April 1946 in order to incriminate Kaltenbrunner (IMT, XI, page 324).
Document PS-3845. 7 December 1945 (original language: English). A deposition under oath by Albert Tiefenbacher, former prisoner, IMT, XXXIII, pages 226-227, 229:
Answer: There were Czech women gassed but we did not get the list of their names. I did not have anything to do with the books …
Question: Do you remember the gas chamber camouflaged as a bath house?
A. Yes, we always helped to carry the dead from the gas chamber.
Q. There were no shower baths in the chamber?
A. Yes. Cold and warm water was supposed to come out of them, but the flow of the water could be regulated from the outside of the room and mostly the water was turned off. On the outside of the room was the gas reservoir and two gas pipes led from the outside into the room. There was a slot at the back and the gas emanated from this slot.
Q. Gas never came from the showers?
A. All the showers were plugged. It was just to make the effect that the prisoners were entering a bathroom.
Q… Do you remember the last 800 people who were killed by a club or through drowning?
A. Yes, I know how people were lined up and hot and cold water applied to them, and then they had to line up and were beaten until they died …
A. Was Kaltenbrunner with [Himmler visiting Mauthausen]?
A. Kaltenbrunner is a dark fellow, I know him from the crematorium, but I cannot say whether he was with Himmler. I remember Himmler by his monocle.61
On 12 April 1946 Col. Amen read to Kaltenbrunner, in court, a very short statement of A. Tiefenbacher’s sworn statement. In it, Tiefenbacher claimed that he had seen Kaltenbrunner three or four times in Mauthausen. Kaltenbrunner replied that it was “absolutely false” (IMT, XI, page 325). Tiefenbacher was not summoned to testify in court.
IMT, VI, pages 270, 276. 29 January 1946 (original language: French). Testimony of F. Boix, a Spanish refugee in France deported to Mauthausen. Mentions “the gas chamber” at Mauthausen.
Document PS-3870, 8 April 1946 (original language: German). A statement by Hans Marsalek, made more than ten months after the death of Ziereis, 23 May 1945. See above, PS-1515. IMT, XXXIII, pages 279-286. Hans Marsalek swore that:
Franz Ziereis was interrogated by me in the presence of the Commander of the 11 th Armored Division [American Armored Division] Seibel; the former prisoner and physician Dr. Kopszceinski; and in the presence of another Polish citizen, name unknown, for a period of six to eight hours. The interrogation was effected in the night from 22 May to 23 May 1945. Franz Ziereis was seriously wounded — his body had been penetrated by three bullets — and knew that he would die shortly and told me the following … A gassing plant was built in Concentration Camp Mauthausen by order of the former garrison doctor, Dr. Krebsbach, camouflaged as a bathroom … The gassing of the prisoners was done on the urging of SS Hauptsturmführer Dr. Krebsbach … The gassing plant in Mauthausen was really built by order of SS Obergruppenführer Glücks, since he was of the opinion that it was more humane to gas the prisoners than to shoot them.
Parts of this affidavit were read by U.S. Associate Trial Counsel Col. Amen on 12 April 1946 (IMT, XI, page 330-332). Kaltenbrunner protested and insisted on having Hans Marsalek on the witness stand for a confrontation but the latter never came. This is especially odd because in 1945-46 Marsalek was the number one witness and the number one expert on Mauthausen. Today he is the official historian of the camp. He was never examined nor cross-examined in court about the mechanics of gassing in Mauthausen.
As for what Ziereis, according to Hans Marsalek, is supposed to have said about Hartheim Castle, see below, “Hartheim Castle.”
Sir Hartley Shawcross, British Chief Prosecutor at the IMT 26 July 1946, mentions “The gas chambers and the ovens” not only at Auschwitz and Treblinka but also at Dachau, Buchenwald, Mauthausen, Majdanek, and Oranienburg (IMT, XIX, page 434). Shawcross is still alive in 1990, living in London and serving in the British House of Lords.
Simon Wiesenthal. KZ-Mauthausen. Linz & Vienna: Ibis Verlag; 1946 (original language: German). The author reproduces what he calls the “confession” of the commandant of Mauthausen, pages 7-13. In reality, he reproduces document PS-1515, but only in part and with strange changes; for example, the number of 16,000,000 persons put to death in the whole of the territory of Warsaw, Kowno, Riga, and Libau is reduced by Wiesenthal to “10,000,000” (page 13).62 Likewise, see below, “Hartheim Castle.”
Gerald Reitlinger, The Final Solution, op. cit., page 474:
On May 8th, when Patton’s troops entered the camp, Ziereis was identified in the camp precincts and shot in the stomach. His dying confession, having been taken down by an inmate in the presence of American officers who could not understand German, is not very reliable.
Olga Wormser-Migot. Le Système concentrationnaire nazi, 1933-1945. Presses Universitaires de France; 1968 (original language: French). On page 541, the author of that doctoral dissertation, who is Jewish, wrote that, in spite of the confessions of the SS after the war and some “testimonies” claiming there was a gas chamber in the camp at Mauthausen, she does not believe it and thinks that such allegations “seem to be nothing more than myths.” She says also that a large number of prisoners denied the existence of such a gas chamber but unfortunately she does not give the name of those prisoners. As a result of her scepticism, Olga Wormser-Migot was severely persecuted; she was especially denounced by Pierre-Serge Choumoff.
Vincente and Luigi Pappaleterra. Storia Illustrata (an Italian monthly magazine), November 1979, page 78 (original language: Italian). They claim that in the showers the prisoners were drenched not by water but by a deadly gas that squirted from small holes. The nature of the gas is not specified.
Encyclopaedia Judaica. Jerusalem: 1971. Article on “Mauthausen":
Prisoners were also killed by phenol injection at the euthanasia installation at Hartheim until a gas chamber was constructed at Mauthausen.
Evelyn Le Chene. Mauthausen. Pierre Belfond; 1974 (original language: English), page 74:
The gas chamber at Mauthausen was filled with carbon monoxide, which was pumped down from the gas van when required.
Edith Herman. “Thirty Years Later 'Death Camp' Horror an Indelible Memory". Chicago Tribune; 4 May 1975. Section 1:
[Mayer] Markowitz was 26 years old on May 4, 1945, three years after he had arrived at Mauthausen, a “death camp” in Austria. There was no gas chamber there, and perhaps in a way that made it worse.
Dr. Charles E. Goshen, M.D. (Professor of Engineering Management at the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, “was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps when the events he relates occurred,” The Tennessean, 23 April 1978:
The deaths of the Jews led to examining the gas chambers. We found in the basement of the main prison building a small air-tight chamber and within it several empty and full tanks of HCN, a very lethal gas.
Our prisoner-friends told us that the chamber had been used for two different purposes. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to delouse bedding and clothing; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays to execute prisoners. The three gas chamber victims [who] we found there obviously had been killed just before the SS troops fled.
Pierre-Serge Choumoff. Les Chambres à gaz de Mauthausen: La vérité historique, rétablie par P.S. Choumoff, à la demande d l'Amicale de Mauthausen. Paris: Amicale; 1972. On pages 17-28, the author deals with the gas chamber. The adjacent room had been a control room for allowing gas into the chamber. The nature of the gas is not specified. A warm brick was brought into the gas cell. The gas was introduced into the gas chamber through a white lacquered perforated pipe (page 19). It is significant that the author, like all those who deal with this subject, avoids furnishing photos of the so-called gas chamber, with two exceptions: one shows the exterior of one of the two doors and the other, blown up to make it more dramatic, shows a very small part of the inside of the gas chamber. There is also a photo of a can of Zyklon B. On pages 83-87, the author strongly attacks Olga Wormser-Migot.
Hans Marsalek, Die Geschichte des Konzentrationslagers Mauthausen: Dokumentation. Vienna: Mauthausen Austrian Camp Organization; 1980; republished, first edition in 1974 (original language: German); page 211:
Before the gassings, an SS N.C.O. heated a brick in one of the Krema ovens and brought it into a small, divided room, located next to the gas chamber. This gas chamber contained a table, gas masks and the gas introduction unit connected with the gas chamber by means of a pipe. The hot brick was then laid on the bottom of the gas introduction unit: this served to accelerate the process of “Zyklon B” crystals changing into liquid gas. With sufficient gas in the chamber, death by suffocation occurred in about 10-20 minutes.
When an SS doctor, watching through an observation “peephole” in one of the two doors of the gas chamber, ascertained the onset of death, the gas chamber was cleared of gas by ventilators sucking it out into the open air.
The whole gassing process for one group, consisting of approximately 30 persons, beginning with undressing, the so-called medical examination, murder, clearing the gas chamber of gas and removal of cadavers took about one and half to two and a half hours.
Hans Marsalek is considered the “official” historian of Mauthausen. See above, PS-1515 and PS-3870.
Yehuda Bauer. A History of the Holocaust. Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, assisted by Nili Keren, Toronto, Franklin Watts Publisher, 1982, page 209:
Although no gassings took place at Mauthausen, many Jews, as well as non-Jews, died there in a process the Nazis called “extermination through labor.”
In 1988 Yehuda Bauer stated that he had made an “error” that would be corrected in the future editions of his book (Documentary Archive of the Austrian Resistance, Das Lachout 'Dokument,' Anatomie einer Fälschung, Vienna 1989, pages 33-34, which quotes a letter from Yehuda Bauer dated 2 September 1988).
Eugen Kogon, Hermann Langbein, Adalbert Rückerl. Nationalsozialistische Massentötungen durch Giftgas. Frankfurt: S. Fischer; 1983 (original language: German):
At the main camp, set up in August 1938 east of Linz, work on a gas chamber was started in the autumn of 1941 . It was in the cellar of the bunker that served as a prison, near which the crematoria were also located. It was a windowless room, 3.8 meters long by 3.5 wide, disguised as a shower room. A ventilating system had been installed. The walls were partly tiled, and the two doors could be hermetically sealed. All the switches and faucets for lighting, ventilation, water, and heat were outside the room. From a neighboring room, called “the gas cell,” the gas was directed into the room through an enameled pipe, which had a slot in it about a meter long on the side nearest the wall (in other words, on the side invisible from the room). The remains of this gassing facility can still be seen today.63
It is not true that “Remnants of this gassing unit are still discernable today.”
Pierre-Serge Choumoff. Les Assassinats par gaz à Mauthausen et Gusen, camps de concentration nazis en territoire autrichien. Society of Mauthausen Deportees; 1987 (original language: French). Essentially this is the same study as the one published in 1972, but its confusion is greater. P.S. Choumoff, engineer by trade, shows great confusion regarding the gas chambers. He does not furnish any proof nor any technical details of the kind one would expect from an engineer, but he is satisfied to call on the usual stories of “witnesses” (Kanduth, Ornstein, Roth, Reinsdorf …). He seems to consider the simple presence of the insecticide “Zyklon B” in the camp to be a proof of the existence of homicidal gassings. Choumoff estimates that at least 3,455 persons were gassed in the alleged gas chambers at Mauthausen.
Michel de Boüard (former prisoner at Mauthausen), honorary dean of the Faculty of Letters at the University of Caen, member of the French Committee for the History of World War II, member of the Institut de France: statement made in an interview granted to Ouest-France, 2-3 August 1988, page 8 (original language: French):
In the monograph on Mauthausen that I presented in La Revue d'histoire de la Seconde Guerre mondiale in 1954, I spoke twice about a gas chamber. Having had time to think about that, I have said to myself: where did I get the idea that there was a gas chamber at Mauthausen? It was not during my time in the camp because neither I nor anyone else suspected that there could have been one there; so it is therefore a bit of “baggage” that I received after the war; it was generally admitted. Then I noticed that in my text, although I supported most of my statements with footnotes, there were none regarding the gas chamber …
The plaque displayed in the Mauthausen gas chamber (in April 1989) says the following (English version):
The gas chamber was camouflaged as a bathroom by sham showers and waterpipes. Cyclone [sic] B gas was sucked in and exchanged through a shaft (situated in the corner on the right) from the operating room into the gas chamber. The gas-conduit was removed shortly before liberation on April 4th, 1945.
When the Fred Leuchter team inquired about the Mauthausen gas chamber on 10 April 1989, a staff member of the museum stated that the explanation given on the plaque regarding the shaft was not accurate. He explained that the gas had actually been introduced through a perforated pipe coming from a neighboring room. The pipe was no longer there and one could no longer find traces of its existence. The staff member said that the first explanation furnished about the functioning of the chamber came from the prisoners, who had said that the gas entered the chamber through shower heads; that explanation, he said, had long since been abandoned.
Yad Vashem, Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, op. cit., article on “Mauthausen.” This recent encyclopedia is extremely vague on the subject of the Mauthausen gas chamber; pages 948-950:
… the gas chamber … was disguised as a shower room … [Some Czech women] were taken in groups to the gas chamber.
These 30 references amount to only a sketch of a bibliography of the supposed Mauthausen “gas chamber.” A researcher would have to work in the archives of the Mauthausen Museum and in various archival sources in the United States and Germany.
Document PS-1515, 24 May 1945, op. cit.:
[Franz Ziereis is alleged to have stated:]
By order of Dr. Lohnauer and of Dr. Re[na]ult professional criminals, non-reformable, were classed as mentally ill and sent to Hartheim near Linz, where they were exterminated by means of a special system by Hauptsturmführer Krebsbach … SS Gruppenführer Glücks gave the order to designate the weak prisoners as sick and to kill them by gas in a large installation. There, around 1-1 H million persons were killed. The area in question is named Hartheim and is located 10 kilometers in the direction of Passau … The [insane] were taken to the provincial institution (Landesanstalt) of Hartheim near Linz. I [Franz Ziereis] found that with at least 20,000 prisoners, at the same time as the real mentally ill, it was necessary to have in the course of the year, according to my estimate (for I have seen the piles of files in the cellar) around 4 million persons gassed. The establishment in question at Hartheim used carbon monoxide. The room in question was laid out with tiles and camouflaged as a bathroom. The execution of this work was not entrusted to the SS, with the exception of Dr. L[ohnauer] and Dr. Rena[u]d, but to police officers.
Document PS-2176, 17 June 1945, op. cit., Exhibit 213. That document can no longer be found at the National Archives in Washington. It came from a prisoner named Adam-Golebsk or Adam Golebski . Evelyn Le Chene mentions it (Mauthausen, 1971, op. cit., pages 104-107) and Pierre-Serge Choumoff is supposed to have reproduced it in a French translation (Les Chambres à gaz de Mauthausen, 1972, op. cit., pages 40-42). According to what Evelyn Le Chene and Pierre-Serge Choumoff say, the author of that document claims that on 13 December 1944 he came, along with 20 prisoners from Mauthausen, to Castle Hartheim to transform the entire place into a children’s home. Their work lasted 18 days. He saw a room that looked like a small bathroom; the iron door was isolated with rubber; its locks were massive, with a sliding bolt and there was a small round slot. The lower half of the walls were covered with tiles and there were six showers. From that room a similar door led to another small chamber where there was a gas apparatus, gas bottles and several meters.
Document F-274, prior to October 1945, op. cit., page 176:
Some prisoners were taken from Mauthausen to Castle Hartheim to be gassed there.
Document PS-3870, 8 April 1946, op. cit.:
[Franz Ziereis is supposed to have stated:]
On the order of Dr. Lohnauer, professional criminals, non-reformable, were sent as mentally ill to Hartheim near Linz where they were exterminated by means of a special system af SS-Haupstumführer Krebsbach … SS-Gruppenführer Glücks gave the order to classify the weak prisoners as mentally ill and to kill them in a gassing installation that existed at Castle Hartheim near Linz. There, about 1-1H million human beings were killed … The number of prisoners who were put to death at Hartheim is not known but the number of victims of Hartheim is around 1-1H million when you consider the civilians who were sent to Hartheim.
Simon Wiesenthal. KZ Mauthausen, 1946, op. cit. Just as for Mauthausen, the author reproduced PS-1515 but with some strange differences, similar to his views of the same document in regard to Mauthausen (see listing under “III. Mauthausen” above).
Gerald Reitlinger. The Final Solution, 1971 (originally published in 1953), op. cit., page 141:
Hundreds of prisoners at Dachau, Aryan or Jewish, were gassed at Schloss Hartheim at the beginning of 1942, after having been judged only on their political past.
Olga Wormser-Migot. Le Système concentrationnaire nazi, 1933-1945, 1968, op. cit. The author mentions Hartheim in an extremely vague manner as a place of “extermination” (pages 154, 538, 549).
Encyclopaedia Judaica, 1971, op. cit., article on “Mauthausen.” See the citation above, page 312.
Evelyn Le Chene. Mauthausen, 1971, op. cit. See above document PS-2176, Exhibit 213. A floor plan of Hartheim, done by the author, is located on page 105.
Pierre-Serge Choumoff. Les Chambres à gaz de Mauthausen, 1972, op. cit. See above document PS-2176, Exhibit 213. A floor plan for Hartheim is on page 38. It is supposed to come from a Mauthausen prisoner named Bahier. It is dated “Linz, 8 September 1945” and is located in the files of the Criminal Police in Linz (reference number T.G.B. N.R.K. 2081/85).
Lucy S. Dawidowicz.The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945 . New York: Bantam; 1975; pages 178-179:
Patients slated for killing … were then transferred to one of six “euthanasia” installations (at Bernburg, Brandenburg, Grafeneck, Hadamar, Hartheim, and Sonnenstein) … The procedure was pragmatically simple and convincingly deceptive. In groups of twenty or thirty, the patients were ushered into a chamber camouflaged as a shower room. It was an ordinary room, fitted with sealproof doors and windows, into which gas piping had been laid. The compressed gas container and the regulating equipment were located outside. Led into the chamber on the pretext that they were to take showers, the patients were gassed by the doctor on duty.
The author gives no source for the description of that procedure.
Hans Marsalek. Die Geschichte … 1980, op. cit., page 213:
As soon as a group was in the gas chamber, the steel doors were closed, the gas allowed in, and the victims killed. Then the room was ventilated with the help of ventilators.
The author does not specify the nature of the gas used. He adds that a German named Vincenz Nohel had sworn, before being hanged by the Americans, that 30,000 persons had been killed at Castle Hartheim in the course of the “Euthanasia Action.”
Eugen Kogon, Hermann Langbein, Adalbert Rückerl. NS-Massentötungen … 1983, op. cit. In this book, which is supposed to have reviewed all of the mass gassings, Hartheim is mentioned only in the chapter about “euthanasia” (pages 62, 76-79); neither the type of gas supposedly used (CO?), nor the total number of victims is clearly indicated.
Raul Hilberg. The Destruction of the European Jews, 1985, op. cit., pages 872-873. The author, who does not mention any gas chamber at Mauthausen, states that Hartheim was one of the several “euthanasia stations equipped with gas chambers and bottled, chemically pure carbon monoxide gas.”
Pierre-Serge Choumoff. Les Assasinats par gaz …, 1987, op. cit., gives no data about the gas chamber at Hartheim. He says that, according to the confessions of the German Vincenz Nohel, 8,000 inmates from Mauthausen and Gusen were gassed in Hartheim Castle.
Hans Marsalek. Hartheim, Establishment for Euthanasia and Gassing: Accessory Camp to the KZ (Concentration Camp) of Mauthausen (abridged version for the Austrian Mauthausen Camp Community, translated by Peter Reinberg), 4 pages. Available at Hartheim Castle (1989). This pamphlet states that approximately 30,000 people were gassed at Hartheim by “Zyklon B” gas.
Yad Vashem. Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, op. cit. This four volume encyclopedia does not contain any entry for “Hartheim,” but only mentions it on pages 342, 452, 632, 952, 968, 1129, and 1408. The type of gas used at Hartheim supposedly was not Zyklon but carbon monoxide (page 1129). The victims, especially the mentally ill, supposedly were prisoners transferred from Dachau (page 342) and from satellite camps of Mauthausen such as Gusen (page 632) or Melk (page 968).
Jewish Historians Face the Problem of the Gas Chambers
Olga Wormser-Migot. Le Système concentrationnaire nazi ( 1933-1945 ), Paris, 1968 (original language: French). A section of that thesis is entitled: “The Problem of the Gas Chambers"; it is equivalent to three pages long (between page 541 and page 545). The author does not believe in the existence of gas chambers at either Dachau or Mauthausen.
Lucy Dawidowicz. The War Against the Jews 1933-1945. New York: Bantam; 1975. The author does not mention gas chambers or gassings at either Dachau or Mauthausen.
Raul Hilberg. The Destruction of the European Jews, revised and definitive edition, New York, Holmes & Meier; 1985. In that “definitive” work of three volumes and 1,274 pages, Hilberg makes no mention of gas chambers or gassings at either Dachau or Mauthausen.
Arno J. Mayer. Why Did the Heavens Not Darken?: The 'Final Solution' In History. New York: Pantheon; 1988; pages 362-363:
Sources for the study of the gas chambers are at once rare and unreliable … Most of what is known is based on the depositions of Nazi officials and executioners at postwar trials and on the memory of survivors and bystanders. This testimony must be screened carefully, since it can be influenced by subjective factors of great complexity. Diaries are rare, and so are authentic documents about the making, transmission, and implementation of the extermination policy. But additional evidence may still come to light. Private journals and official papers are likely to surface. Since Auschwitz and Majdanek, as well as the four out-and-out killing centers, were liberated by the Red Army, the Soviet archives may well yield significant clues and evidence when they are opened. In addition excavations at the killing sites and in their immediate environs may also bring forth new information.