The Holocaust Historiography Project
Auschwitz, by J.-C. Pressac
Photo 5 Photo 5:
[1942, revisionist source]

Apprentices at the workbench. Impossible to locate

Photo 6:
[1942, revisionist source]

Sport — Fencing “Betriebssportgemeinschaft JG Auschwitz /
Auschwitz enterprise youth group [?] Sports association”
Photo 6


Photographic exhibition of the famous
holiday camp
Introduction to the revisionist world
“K L Auschwitz-Birkenau an extermination camp ? A myth! The photographs on this and following sheets show that it was nothing of the sort. Auschwitz was simply a labor camp like so many others. The prisoners, Jews or otherwise, were above all employed on building the huge BUNA complex at Monowitz [Photo 1 shows a small part of the whole]. If they fell ill, they received appropriate treatment [Photo 2: a prisoner in striped uniform being X-rayed]. Their refectory was extremely spacious [Photo 3], and on the stage at the end, different artists regularly came to perform [Photo 4, a Ukranian women’s choir]. Young people, instead of living as parasites, were taught useful trades in model German enterprises [Photo 5]. During their leisure time they participated in such things as sports events [Photo 6: a fencing competition]. This, as proved by photographic evidence, was the true face of Auschwitz.”

The above faithfully sums up the thoughts of many revisionists, and above all, I am sure it does not betray the spirit.
Photo 1 is certainly a view of part of the Buna complex. Prisoners worked there, with a supplementary ration of “Buna Suppe”, half a liter to a liter of colored liquid served at midday. The patient undergoing X-ray examination in Photo 2 is not a prisoner, but is wearing ordinary pyjamas. If such an installation existed, it was reserved for the SS and their families. The refectory and its musical evenings was not for the ordinary prisoners, except those employed on cleaning or maintenance. It was a refectory for SS troops. The prisoner apprentices on Photo 5 are too Aryan, too neat. with their straight partings and the lack of any “zebra” suits to be true. Are these Jewish adolescents? Half of them are of the blond so dear to the racial theorists of the Third Reich. As for the fencing competition, the swastika on the flag and the badge worn by the fencer on the right, the presence among the spectators of SS and SA officers, members of the party in uniform and of policemen, show that this is a meeting for “Reichsdeutschen”, exclusively for “sound” elements and no others.

I do not know the precise origin of these photographs from revisionist sources. They were certainly taken at Auschwttz during the year indicated, but they cannot have anything to do with the Auschwitz concentration camp and its prisoners, and still less Birkenau and its Krematorien.