Little Grey Rabbit's Historical Skepticism Blog

The One True Crematorium of KL Buchenwald

Posted in Buchenwald, Essential Postings, Resistance and Psychological Warfare by littlegreyrabbit on March 22, 2012

Previous I have described how two of the supposed crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau were in fact bakeries, and I located the site of the genuine crematorium as most likely being located just outside the camp, behind the Central Sauna. This left a problem of the function of the Buchenwald crematorium, a building that shared very many structural features with Krema II and III of Birkenau. Simply put, its central location in the camp and structural similarity to the bakery/crematorium at Birkenau meant it in all probability was also a bakery (the crematorium ovens being installed after liberation from the 2 ovens found in Birkenau). So where, therefore, was the real crematorium located? Through a rather surprising series of steps this mystery is now also close to being solved. (more…)

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The Temptation and Redemption of James Dalrymple

Posted in Auschwitz, Buchenwald by littlegreyrabbit on February 24, 2011

Having been rereading some of the books on the David Irving – Deboral Lipstadt libel case, I was recently remind just what extraordinary things Holocaust Fever can do to otherwise sane individuals.  One of the courtroom stoushes was whether or not the lift from the basement of Krema II and III to the ground floor would represent a bottle-neck in operations.  James Dalrymple, in a momentarily lapse in faith, wrote:

How could 500,000 bodies — the number estimated to have died in that one crematorium — be transported up a single lift-shaft, only about 9ft square. Irving demanded that Van Pelt now do the arithmetic of nightmares. How much could the lift carry? 750 kilos, 1,500 kilos, 3,000 kilos? How many bodies would that be at, say 60 kilos a body? Were they in gurneys or were they just squeezed in, like people squashed into a telephone box? How long to take each batch up to the ovens? Ten minutes, or more, each batch? Twenty corpses at a time, or 25? (more…)

Buchenwald: We are the Hollow Men

Posted in Buchenwald, Resistance and Psychological Warfare by littlegreyrabbit on May 13, 2010

The liberation of the camps as deliberately and carefully scripted events has often interested me.  Rarely is it possible to confirm suspicions that the footage presented may have be selected and shaped to give a misleading impression of what really was normal conditions in the KZ system. (more…)

Elie Wiesel: The Documents

Posted in Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Essential Postings by littlegreyrabbit on April 20, 2010

[UPDATE: More up-to-date details and suggestions concerning the mystery of Elie Wiesel’s tattoo can be read on this site here: https://littlegreyrabbit.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/of-feigs-and-wiesels-a-solution-to-the-mystery-of-elie-wiesels-tattoo/ ]

Its not my wish to recount in detail the story of Miklos Grüner, survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, who believes  that Elie Wiesel has stolen the identity of a 31 year old man he knew at Auschwitz as Lazar Wiesel.  This can be found in number of places, including Carlo Mattogno here http://www.revblog.codoh.com/2010/03/elie-wiesel-new-documents/.  What I want to do is allow Miklos Grüner to have his say and to present the documents he uncovered. (more…)