Orthodox Holocaust historians often display an approach reminiscent of the drunk man and the lamp post – they use documents for support, not illumination. Richard Breitman’s biography of Heinrich Himmler provides a classic example. (more…)
David Cesarani, who wrote a very readable biography on Arthur Koestler, has also written a slightly less favorable treatment of Adolf Eichmann. He provides one of the most extraordinary, albeit not of major importance, misinterpretations of a historical document I have ever seen. David Cesarani gives an anecdote illustrating Eichmann’s early, extreme antisemitism. (more…)
While it would not be true that Majdanek was the start of the Allied-Soviet Greul Propaganda drive, Babi Yar perhaps takes that crown, it was by far the biggest publicity event to date and the best choreographed.
Majdanek was equipped with an old crematorium consisting of two mobile ovens dating back close to the camp’s establishment. However, allegedly in 1943 the Germans built a new crematorium with 5 ovens, a gas chamber and a water heating facility (albeit one that was not attached to anything aside from Oberscharführer Mussfeld’s own personal bathtub in the crematorium itself). Strangely the Soviets took a large number of photographs and film footage at liberation in July/August 1944 showing scaffolding up the chimney, very much like it had just been constructed. (more…)
Much discussion has taken place in recent years on why the Allies chose not to bomb Auschwitz. In point of fact they did bomb Auschwitz (or rather Monowitz, Auschwitz III) a number of times, but made no effort to target alleged extermination places. This despite that fact that since May 1944 they were in possession of excellent aerial photos of Auschwitz-Birkenau and sketch maps from escapees detailing alleged extermination sites. (more…)
So what is Krema Denial?
In a nutshell it is the belief that our ideas and conceptions of the Nazi concentration camps was deliberately shaped by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, to consciously create a false impression of crematory facilities and gas chambers. Both by the construction of fake facilities or altering genuine ones, and by putting a sinister interpretation on harmless fumigation facilities. But most importantly, Krema Denial holds that this endeavour continues to this day.
What camps were affected?
Majdanek: both construction of fake facility and the misinterpretation of fumigation facilities
Auschwitz-Birkenau : construction of a virtual extermination facility
Sachsenhausen: Expansion of number of crematorium ovens
Possibly: Buchenwald and Dachau: both camps have oral traditions claiming post war alterations to the camp.
Not: Flossenburg, Mauthausen, Natzweiler and Stutthof.
Is there a evidence?
Lots! Hopefully if you read this blog you will get to read some of it for yourself over the months. This is perhaps the closest to a smoking gun:
It shows the aerial photo graphs of May and August 1944 of Krema II from Auschwitz-Birkenau lined up side by side. In the May photo, the underground structure that today we know as the gas chamber (a portion of the building that Krema denial holds was built after liberation) appears sharply outlined by black lines (although what these black lines represent is something of a mystery – the underground portion is too lowset to make such heavy shadows). Unfortunately it is misplaced, the August photo (lower) giving a much more accurate indication of where the underground structure should have been. For reference a model of how these underground chambers were supposed to work; undressing on the left, gassing on the right
Krema Denial holds that prior to release, person or persons unknown, alarmed that the photos appeared to show buildings not consistent with the ruins as we know them today, decided to alter the photos to draw in the lines supposedly delineating the underground gas chamber.