The Auschwitz myth revolves around the claim that everyone on an arriving transport that was not selected for labour and entered as a registered prisoner was gassed. This claim is usually enforced by strident demands of where are all the transport records for departing trains from Auschwitz. The fact that this questioned can not be answered depends on two factors; a) the documentation in question has probably been deliberately destroyed, b) in all other cases professional historians are supposed to exercise self-censorship and not call attention to any lacunae in historical data.
However, even the most reliable of historians can sometimes slip up and amusingly I have found one from Yitzhak Arad, who ought to have known better, showing off by quoting a document that would have been best left gathering dust in whichever file he found it. (more…)
One of my beliefs is that our understanding of Holocaust history has been distorted by the systematic tainting of archives, primarily but not solely in the Eastern Bloc. One of these is the Czech Military Archive in Prague that in 1968 released a documentary collection regarding the RF-SS entitled Unsere Ehre heisst Treue. This was a facismile collection detailing atrocities during the invasion of the Soviet Union 1941 and 1942. (more…)
One of the problematic areas of Holocaust historiography is the claim the non-registered prisoners or departures from camp (Abgaenge) meant gassing. Given the establishment of the camp memorial archives was usually in the hands of elements hostile to the Nazis it can be difficult to disprove. (more…)