This Holocaust Author's Auschwitz Blog

This Holocaust Author's Auschwitz Blog

This blog describes my thoughts and experiences in visiting Auschwitz in September 2014, and Belzec, Majdanek and Sobibor in January 2016

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Disguising the Truth of the Catastrophe.

HolocaustPosted by Patrick Dempsey Tue, September 29, 2015 20:24:54
Disguising the Truth of the Catastrophe.

"..You must ..guarantee that ..bodies of these ..Jews will either be burned or buried in every location ..that nowhere can anything else of any kind happen with these bodies." Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler.

There is a picture displayed of a mechanised Bone Grinder. The Death Camps employed this device to mill the very bone fragments of what remained of those Jews who had been Murdered within them. There is also the sight of a huge excavator shovelling the debris of wasted lives, as a further insult to what Humanity represents. But this is how the ideology of Hitler's 1,000 Year Reich ranks in inhuman terms as it sank into a morass of ignominy that has been unparalleled in all of our History. Even after these 1,000,000's of Murdered Jews had been devastated, crushed, gassed and cremated or when their Bodies had been interred for a number of months or years, the detailed excavation of Hitler's crimes still remained. With this shocking treatment of Humanity, the morality of a nation is exposed and we are made aware of how flimsy our hold upon civilisation becomes.

"..Up to 3,000 bodies were burned at a time. About 70,000 corpses were dug up. ..gas vans brought more corpses." Senya Borisovich Berland.

With the brutal enactment of such an onslaught upon the integrity of The Jewish People, Humanity was plunged deeper into a disgraceful episode known to History as The Holocaust. With an almost accomplished certainty, Hitler studied the vista of a monumental crime and knew his failure would be marked by a Genocide so callous and degenerate, a race against the tide of defeat commenced. Aktion 1005 was implemented. This effort would seek to ensure that the spectre of Hitler's rancid nature could be concealed. So all consuming, chilling, horrific and inhumane was Hitler, this 'aktionen' is a testimony to a thwarted endeavour which was almost fully accomplished. But here in history, where there still remains a need for the further concealment of Hitler's criminal intent, Jews are once more placed at the forefront of Hitler's supposed ideology. All of which clearly suggests that there was still way too much Evidence, which Hitler wished to rid himself of.

"..from June 1941 to January 1942 ..I was ..Commander of Sonderkommando 4 A. ..June 1942 ..entrusted by Gruppenfuhrer Mueller with ..task ..obliterating ..traces ..executions carried out by ..Einsatzgruppe ..East. ..orders ..report in person to ..commanders of ..Security Police ..SD ..pass on Mueller's orders verbally ..supervise ..implementation. ..order ..top secret ..there was to be no correspondence in connection with ..task. ..September 1942 ..reported to Dr. Thomas ..Kiev ..passed ..order ..to him. ..May ..June 1943 ..made additional trips to Kiev ..after conversations with Dr. Thomas and ..SS Police Leader Hennecke ..order was carried out. During ..visit ..August ..observed ..burning of bodies in ..mass grave near Kiev. ..grave was about 55 metres long ..3 metres wide and 2.5 metres deep. ..top ..removed ..bodies ..covered with inflammable material ..ignited. ..about two days until ..grave burned ..to ..bottom. ..grave was filled in ..traces ..practically obliterated. Owing to ..moving up of ..front ..not possible to destroy ..mass graves further south and east which had resulted from executions by ..Einsatzgruppe. ..my orders ..should have extended ..duties over ..entire area occupied by ..Einsatzgruppe ..owing to ..retreat from Russia ..could not carry out my orders completely." SS Standartenfuhrer Paul Blobel.

That undisguised Slaughter of The Jews of Europe, which had been organised and executed in such detail was now coming back to haunt Hitler. As his regime began to totter amidst the pledges of Allied support, superiority and concerted effort, Hitler's experts in Murder turned their hands to the camouflaging effects of ridding Death Camps and Murder sites of the very Evidence concealed. What had commanded The Final Solution of The Jewish Question was both a monstrous act and Crime Against Humanity. It was certainly without precedent in any of civilised History, or otherwise. There was not a shred of human decency which emerged from the conduct enunciated by those very tenets of what Hitler had professed. Nor was his deed a masterful race which placed an acculturated Germany in the midst of a Genocide so steeped in the blood of The Jewish People and so many others. Of course, this has made us so very aware that Hitler, having failed to win a victory over Russia in Russia, has now set his murderers upon a mad scramble to disinter, exhume, disgorge and obliterate the very Evidence History recognises now is The Holocaust.

"..We sawed wooden planks of a length of 8 metres ..and they commanded us to make a square pyre ..and afterwards we had to take out ..remains of people ..remains of ..bodies of people ..and place them on this pyre." Avraham Karasik.

This 'aktionen' now begins and a foremost murderer of der Einsatzgruppe, SS Standartenfuhrer Paul Blobel sets about his task with vigour. While this very narrative is an ongoing research on that very aspect of concealment, which was conducted under the tenets of an ordinance for SonderKommando 1005, it is not in any way a complete nor finished work. Amid suggestions that newer Evidence might yet become realised, it is imperative that digs, research and unseen archives have been accessed to more complete the detail of the picture we have already gained. I will attend to this ongoing search at varying stages, and throughout my tenure as a Blogger on Auschwitz and Birkenau, I hope to enlarge upon the very Evidence that might have gained a newer provenance. So be aware, there might be slight errors which are neither intentional, nor are they representative of what matters to me in my search. Within the very context of any remembrance of those 6,000,000 Murdered Jews of The Holocaust, it is what has emerged so far, as to what happened to them, and what was allowed to befall an innocent Jewish People that occupies much research and effort in History!

"..September 1942 I reported to Dr. Thomas in Kiev." Paul Blobel.

Before the industrialised and mechanised scale of Murder commenced, as we were about to witness it at Auschwitz and Birkenau, der Einsatzgruppe had plundered the very existence of more than 1,250,000 Jews in the East and casually dumped them into ravines and death pits. Then there was the burgeoning realisation that the conduct of Murder could be better served in static camps so that the Jews who entered Belzec, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor and Treblinka would be treated and resettled for eternity. These Jews were first gassed and then buried in pits and trenches without thought to any future disguise of the fact. Perhaps the conceit of Hitler took longer to be unravelled than might have been expected. However, the eventuality of a German defeat had not occurred to Hitler or even his Race Specialists, so the Murdered Jews, and all those other victims of a vastly inflated ideology, would have to be fully exhumed and burned.

"..We used to uncover all ..graves where there were people who had been killed during ..past 3 years ..take out ..bodies ..pile them up in tiers and burn these bodies ..grind ..bones ..take out all ..valuables in ..ashes such as gold teeth ..rings and so on ..separate them. After grinding ..bones we used to throw ..ashes up in the air so that they would disappear ..replace ..earth on ..graves and plant seeds ..so that nobody could recognize that there ever was a grave there. In addition to this they used to bring new people ..new victims ..they were shot there ..undressed beforehand ..we had to burn these new bodies too." Leon Weliczker Wells.

As the 1,000 Year Reich began to crumble, alongside the expertise gained from Blobel's SonderKommando '1005' and the use of adapted machinery, The Final Solution would become a resolving exercise in further concealment. The obliteration of the Crime though cannot be achieved wholly and at Killing Sites like Babi Yar, Bikerniki, Borki and Ponary, Blobel had to double his effort to achieve more of what he was required to accomplish! That too is before the Evidence from The Death Camps is brought into the equation. Even for Auschwitz/Birkenau, open cremation pits were a regular feature of that very effort to dispose of the Evidence. So for explicable reasons, we all agree and accept that we do not have a written directive from Hitler to first conduct the murderous enterprise, nor does it seem we have the written narrative of his demand to execute the concealment plan. We do however know, and all too well, that Hitler would not allow anyone else to command, over what was his most fundamental and most expressed directive.

"..November 20th. 1942 ..Himmler ordered SS Gruppenfuhrer Mueller ..Chief of Department IV ..RSHA ..in writing ..'You must give me a guarantee that ..bodies of these deceased Jews will either be burned or buried in every location ..and that nowhere can anything else of any kind happen with these bodies'." Alfred Streim.

While issuing forth a melee of directives and orders, dispatching all arms of the Reich into an unbridled assault upon The Jewish People, a World War was contemplated. Legions of miscreants, die hard Nazis and some who were directed toward a vision of Hitler's 'Weltanschauung', found themselves in the midst of a 'killing spree against Jews everywhere!' That this world view was an illusion, which would supposedly place a captive world under a German Nazi jackboot, it still amassed a veritable stranglehold upon much of Europe, and for more than 5 years. But within that worldview, where the Jews were to be scourged, purged, 'resettled' in those captive Eastern lands and then eradicated, there was a huge endorsement from those willing to participate. What emerged was an apocalyptic achievement of immense terror, horror and destruction of People. For all of History therefore, it is without any doubt that Hitler, der Fuhrer of a proposed 1,000 year Reich, orchestrated and conducted every aspect of the assault upon the integrity of The Jewish People.

"..Out of ..total number of ..persons designated for ..execution ..fifteen men were led in each case to ..brink of ..mass grave where they had to kneel down ..their faces turned towards ..grave. When ..men were ready for ..execution one of my leaders who was in charge of this execution squad gave ..order to shoot. Since they were kneeling on ..brink of ..mass grave ..victims fell ..as a rule ..at once into ..mass grave. I have always used rather large execution squads, since I declined to use men who were specialists for shots in ..neck 'Genickschussspezialisten'. Each squad shot for about one hour and was then replaced. ..persons who still had to be shot were assembled near ..place of ..execution ..guarded by members of those squads ..which at ..moment did not take part in ..executions." SS Standartenfuhrer Paul Blobel.

While many of Hitler's hacks, like Himmler, Heydrich and Eichmann controlled the day to day operations from within The Final Solution, the baton of Hitler was framing every movement. I have been involved in the subject of The Holocaust for so many years and I have noticed that tendency which seeks to extricate Hitler from the midst of this most awful crime. For the life of me I cannot understand why a world would want to see a perverted man, who denounced his own German people, as other than a despot gloating upon an atrocity of monumental proportions. What Hitler achieved with the destruction of so many millions of different peoples, from every nation, which he then sought to subjugate, his ire was surely fixed on a similar role for the remainder of the World. The extreme hatred which Hitler held for the world, and it was with a latent contempt he felt for that world and its Peoples, we are rid of a criminal more degenerate than History has ever recorded. The very capacity to deal destructively with that world we reside in should ensure the rightful abhorrence of the man.

"..In May and June 1943 I made additional trips to Kiev in this matter and ..after conversations with Dr. Thomas and SSPF Hennecke ..order was carried out." SS Standartenfuhrer Paul Blobel.

What Hitler stood for would have ensured all but an exclusive band of blonde, blue eyed 'aryans' dined at the top table of a repugnant era. Those like Goebbels, Goering and their ilk? Where though, you might ask, does this infatuation with Hitler come from for those who would wish to exonerate him from the legacy of The Holocaust? What befell the pride of Germany, troops who religiously fought for both God and Fatherland, and who were left vanquished along the length and breadth of Europe, from Leningrad to Crimea, from Berlin to Kharkov, that needs to be spelled out. Those Soldiers unfortunate enough to have been wounded in their fight for an honour they particularly held, might well have succumbed to an administered poison, due to their wounds. As much there were many who did indeed succumb to the bullet wound received in the heat of battle, how many others fell foul of Hitler's estranged idea of a racist utopia. Such then was Hitler's pernicious hold on race superiority, wounded soldiers could be as easily dispatched as the Jews Hitler so wished to Destroy.

"..first day we exhumed about 1,700 ..for ..Germans gave us orders to count each body ..and if ..body was decomposed ..they ordered us to count ..skulls." Avraham Karasik.

I would suggest that so much allegiance with what filled Hitler was short sighted. It is a further tragedy that the many who had proposed to depose him, did not manage to achieve this ahead of the onslaught which consumed 6,000,000 Jews of Europe. Hitler was filled with so much hate, with an irrational anti-Semitism stretching back over 2,000 years, it is incredible that the 1,000 Year Reich lasted as long as it did. So here are some of the fraudulent aspects, of that form of revised history which some now seek to adorn our genuine study with, cannot fail to realise Hitler's capacity to Hate and endorse mass murder. We acknowledge within the subjective review of a statistical analysis, that 6,000,000 Jews of Europe were Murdered with Hitlerite hatred and are no more! We require within this the ability to see the truth and while much adverse light shines on those who would doubt the veracity of this Truth, it reflects a corporate psychosis for the denier that promotes an abundance of self promoting and propagating drivel filled with hatred.

"..Then began ..general exhumation and burning of corpses ..it may have taken from November 1942 to March 1943. ..incinerations went on day and night ..without interruption ..initially at one ..then at two sites. At one of ..sites it was possible to incinerate about 2,000 corpses within 24 hours." SS Scharfuhrer Heinrich Gley.

The deniers tend to blend mathematical theorum, with conjecture, in order to add a form of substance to a lack of true and competent study. Within the Camp system itself there are many ways to prove how divergent the analysis can be so I will attempt to counter what some reckon has been suggested. Operational from May 20th. 1940, the Auschwitz camp was established to shield the world from a view of what was yet to come for all of Hitler's enemies. By September 3rd. 1941, Zyklon 'B' was being used at the Auschwitz facility, as well as at Majdanek. There are still estimates that 2,500,000 Jews were Murdered here at the Auschwitz/Birkenau complex. But that was my own earlier estimation and assessment based upon Auschwitz/Birkenau's own capacity to deliver the systematic Slaughter sought out for it. The analysis for Auschwitz/Birkenau, as it has been for all The Death Camps and The Killing Sites is based upon all the available information which up to know has been suggesting this could be so.

"..We had to beat ..residue of ..pyre that remained with ..iron beaters ..until no bone was left. We had to pass it through a sieve. Naturally ..gold ..teeth as well as rings ..chains and so forth remained ..Germans ordered us to give these to them." Avraham Karasik.

The Death Factory at Birkenau itself, as an entity of destruction out on its own, was operational from October 1941. I stress here that all reliable estimates, as to the destruction that was conducted here, amounts to some 1,200,000 to 1,600,000 Jews murdered alongside many other people of Europe. That those Jewish murdered however, then presented Hitler with a very serious concern emerges as the Campaign in Russia is certain to assail all German forces and their 'Axis' collaborators back toward Berlin and defeat. Once Hitler fully realised that the world would have the evidence of the Jewish Destruction, and what had been accomplished in this genocide of the Jewish People of Europe, the task of concealment was undertaken. After twelve months of Murderous operations, which had ranged against the Jews of the East, former Architect SS Standartenfuhrer Paul Blobel was called upon, with Sonderkommando 1005, to establish a centre for the concealment of evidence, was stationed at Lodz. Blobel then set about eradicating all the evidence of all that the Einsatzgruppe, Death Camps and other Murder facilities had achieved.

"..After ..main massacre ..site was converted into a more permanent camp to which thousands of victims from other parts of ..Ukraine could be sent for extermination. ..Syrets camp. ..Several hundred selected prisoners ..quartered there ..to serve ..needs of ..SS ..and ..Ukrainian guards. ..usually killed within a few weeks ..replaced by others who continued their duties. In charge of ..administration and ultimate killing was Paul von Radomski ..who seemed to crave a reputation for outdoing his sadist colleagues in other camps." Abram L. Sachar.

Some 1,500,000 Jews had been shot to death during der Einsatzgruppe's foray East and the lifeless bodies of Jewish Men, Women and Their Children were thrown unceremoniously into and buried in pits, ravines and anti-tank ditches. Places the like of Babi Yar, Berdichev, Borki, Drobitski, Kamanets-Podolski, Kovno, Ponary, Bikernieki, Tuchinka and Uman had to be disposed of. Following along with this clean up operation, Blobel had moved his expertise into those Death Camps, including Auschwitz/Birkenau where the bodies of the murdered, who had been buried in mass graves, were dis-interred and burnt. What argument now emerges from a denial of the evidence has been a miscalculation of the logistical endeavour Blobel clearly was well prepared for. The ability of those, like Blobel, excelled themselves when Hitler required their complete dedication.

"..I was under ..control of Department IV ..under ..former Gruppenfuehrer Mueller. In ..autumn I received instructions ..as ..person charged by Mueller ..to travel to ..Eastern Occupied Territories ,,to cover up ..traces of ..mass graves from ..time that executions had been carried out by ..Operations Units." SS Standartenfuhrer Paul Blobel.

We can assess this dedicated undertaking by acknowledging that the remains of a burned body amounts to some 0.004245 cubic metres of ash. The bone fragments of 1,000,000's of Jews had been simply ground to an ash all too easily dispersed. So if we accept this as the average of what remains after an individual corpse has been raised, then there are three assessments to be made based upon the agreed analytical account concerning all Murders in The Death Camps.

"..There were about 70,000 bodies dug up and burned." Isak Moisejevich Brodskij.

Auschwitz/Birkenau:

We commence that analysis at Auschwitz/Birkenau. As to that particular atrocity, the account may never be assessed correctly as statistics are prone to err and betray an even graver crime. This assessment is the total which is to be presented at Figure 1) for evaluating Auschwitz/Birkenau. Also, if we are to reckon with the deniers' miscalculation of the certain ability to dispose of Jewish Bodies, we need to look at a human dimension of the overall crime. To assess the ability of these Death Camps to deal with such enormous numbers of Jews paraded through their gates and toward oblivion, the testimony of Perpetrator, Witness and Survivor is presented.

".. they put up a heap like a pyramid ..sometimes up to 2,000 bodies. ..one had to watch out so that ..fire didn't go out. He was in charge of this fire." Leon Weliczker Wells.

On average a human body has an overall volume of some 0.1910 cubic metres, depending upon stature, condition and health. Along with this estimate, which will be made at the Figure 2) for evaluating Auschwitz/Birkenau, it must be considered that while said and stated these are my own evaluations for the hypothesis:-

1) a)1,200,000, b) 1,600,000 or c) 2,500,000 Jews murdered at Auschwitz/Birkenau, cremated or burned would realise the volume of ash of this magnitude: 5,094 cubic metres, 6,792 cubic metres or 10,612 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 566 Metres long,

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 755 Metres long, and

c) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 1,179 Metres long respectively.

2) a)1,200,000, b) 1,600,000 or c) 2,500,000 Jews murdered at Auschwitz/Birkenau and buried would require a space that would amount to 229,200 cubic metres, 305,600 cubic metres and 477,500 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 25,470 Metres long,

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 33,956 Metres long, and

c) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 53,056 Metres long respectively.

Remember too, that Blobel was describing a:-

"..grave was about 55 meters long ..3 meters wide and 2.5 meters deep." SS Standartenfuhrer Paul Blobel.

and that would form a Murder pit of some 412.5 Cubic Metres containing up to:

a) 2,200 Bodies or,

b) more than 97,000 Cremated bodies.

So it proved essential to Burn the Bodies to place less stress upon the surrounding Countryside.

while Hermann Graebe witnessed a Killing site with:-

"..3 large pits ..each about 30 metres long ..3 metres deep." Hermann Graebe.

and assuming these were 3 metres wide they would form Murder pits of some 270 Cubic Metres combined and containing up to:

a) 1,413 Bodies or,

b) more than 63,000 Cremated bodies.

So it proved essential to Cremate the Bodies so as to place less stress upon the surrounding Countryside and inform more of the populace than already knew.

"..First ..fire burned ..bones and some of ..parts of ..body were burned to ashes. These went to ..ash column and ..ash column sifted through what was remaining in ..sieves. ..sieves were like sieves we use for flour ..to sift flour. And what was left in these sieves was put into ..grinding machine and ..grinding machine ground them and again got out what was left over ..gold or platinum was in it." Leon Weliczker Wells.

Majdanek:

In operation from October 1941 the Majdanek Death Camp, where there are estimates of 200,000 to 360,000 Jews Murdered, has been undergoing varying attempts to clarify that assessment. A burned body amounts to 0.004245 cubic metres of ash, the Figure at 3) for evaluating Majdanek. On average a human body has an overall dimension of 0.1910 cubic metres and this estimate will be made at the Figure 4) for evaluating Majdanek. These are my evaluations of the hypothesis:-

3) a) 200,000 or b) 360,000 Jews murdered at Majdanek, cremated or burned would realise the volume of ash of this magnitude 849 cubic metres or 1,528.2 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 95 Metres long, and

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 170 Metres long respectively.

4) 200,000 or 360,000 Jews murdered at Majdanek and buried would require a space that would amount to 38,200 cubic metres and 68,760 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 4,245 Metres long, and

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 7,640 Metres long respectively.

"..Approximately four weeks ..after ..start of ..incineration operation ..second site was set up. ..on an average ..a total of 300,000 corpses were burnt at one site within about five months ..and 240,000 at ..second one during c. 4 months. These are obviously estimates of averages. It would probably be correct to put ..sum total at 500,000 corpses." SS Scharfuhrer Heinrich Gley.

Belzec:

In operation from November 1st. 1941 the 'Aktion Reinhard' Camp at Belzec has varying estimates ranging from 500,000 to 680,000 and all the way up to 1,250,000 Jews having been Murdered there. A burned body amounts to 0.004245 cubic metres of ash, the Figure at 5) for evaluating Belzec. On average a human body has an overall dimension of 0.1910 cubic metres and this estimate will be made at the Figure 6) for evaluating Belzec. These are my evaluations of the hypothesis:-

5) a) 500,000, b) 680,000 or c) 1,250,000 Jews murdered at Belzec, cremated or burned would realise the volume of ash of this magnitude 2,122.5 cubic metres, 2,886.6 cubic metres or 5,306.25 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 236 Metres long,

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 321 Metres long, and

c) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 590 Metres long respectively.

6) a) 500,000, b) 680,000 or c) 1,250,000 Jews murdered at Belzec and buried would require a space that would amount to 95,500 cubic metres, 129,880 cubic metres and 238,750 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 10,566 Metres long,

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 14,423 Metres long, and

c) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 26,528 Metres long respectively.

"..witnessed ..burning of corpses ..mass grave near Kiev. ..approximately fifty five metres long ..three metres wide two and half metres deep. After ..cover ..removed ..corpses ..covered with inflammable materials ..set on fire. ..two days passed before ..fire ..burned ..to ..bottom of ..trench. Afterwards ..grave ..filled in ..all traces ..obliterated." SS Standartenfuhrer Paul Blobel.

Chelmno:

In operation from December 8th. 1941 Chelmno has estimates 150,000 and up to 400,000 Jews Murdered. A burned body amounts to 0.004245 cubic metres of ash, the Figure at 7) for evaluating Chelmno. On average a human body has an overall dimension of 0.1910 cubic metres and this estimate will be made at the Figure 8) for evaluating Chelmno. These are my evaluations of the hypothesis:-

7) a) 150,000 or b) 400,000 Jews murdered at Chelmno, cremated or burned would realise the volume of ash of this magnitude 636.76 cubic metres or 1,698 cubic metres cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 70.8 Metres long,

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 189 Metres long respectively.

8) a) 150,000 or b) 400,000 Jews murdered at Chelmno and buried would require a space that would amount to 28,650 cubic metres and 76,400 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 3,184 Metres long, and

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 8,489 Metres long respectively.

"..They had to lie down ..SS from Sonderkommando ..at ..top of ..ditch ..machine gunned them. ..batches ..run along ..bottom of ..ditch ..had to lie down on ..corpses of those already shot. Men ..executed ..separate from women. Action lasted without ..break till 17:00. ..SS men shooting changed ..left for meals ..but ..executions continued incessantly." Erich Muhsfeldt.

Sobibor:

On March 1st. 1942 the 'Aktion Reinhard' Camp Sobibor came on stream and has estimates of 225,000 to 300,000 Jews Murdered. A burned body amounts to 0.004245 cubic metres of ash, the Figure at 9) for evaluating Sobibor. On average a human body has an overall dimension of 0.1910 cubic metres and this estimate will be made at the Figure 10) for evaluating Sobibor. These are my evaluations of the hypothesis:-

9) a) 225,000 or b) 300,000 Jews murdered at Sobibor, cremated or burned would realise the volume of ash of this magnitude 955.125 cubic metres or 1,273.5 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 107 Metres long, and

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 141.5 Metres long respectively.

10) a) 225,000 or b) 300,000 Jews murdered at Sobibor and buried would require a space that would amount to 42,975 cubic metres and 57,300 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 4,775 Metres long, and

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 6,367 Metres long respectively.

"..SS Oberscharfuhrer ..Floss arrived at this time ..who ..must previously have been in another camp. He then had ..installation built for burning ..corpses. ..incineration was carried out by placing railroad rails on blocks of concrete. ..corpses were then piled up on these rails. Brush wood was placed under ..rails. ..wood was drenched with gasoline. Not only ..newly obtained corpses were burnt in this way ..but also those exhumed from ..ditches." SS Oberscharfuhrer Heinrich Matthes.

Treblinka:

On June 1st. 1942 the 'Aktion Reinhard' Camp Treblinka became operational and has estimates 700,000, 900,000 and up to 1,200,000 Jews Murdered. A burned body amounts to 0.004245 cubic metres of ash, the Figure at 11) for evaluating Treblinka. On average a human body has an overall dimension of 0.1910 cubic metres and this estimate will be made at the Figure 12) for evaluating Treblinka. These are my evaluations of the hypothesis:-

11) a) 700,000, b) 900,000 or c) 1,200,000 Jews murdered at Treblinka, cremated or burned would realise the volume of ash of this magnitude 2,971.5 cubic metres, 3,820.5 cubic metres or 5,094 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 330 Metres long,

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 424.5 Metres long, and

c) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 566 Metres long respectively.

12) a) 700,000, b) 900,000 or c) 1,200,000 Jews murdered at Treblinka and buried would require a space that would amount to 133,700 cubic metres, 171,900 cubic metres and 229,200 cubic metres respectively. This would occupy a space with dimensions roughly of:-

a) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 14,856 Metres long,

b) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 19,100 Metres long, and

c) 3 Metres deep, 3 Metres wide and 25,467 Metres long respectively.

The question of the amount of combustible material needed is exhaustive, and I do not have the time, at this moment, to enter into that assessment. Needles to say, when the deniers attribute an amount of timber, coal oil, gasoline etc., to the cremation of a body, that figure does not compute to a far larger total of bodies, as each body is a combustible and will ignite and maintain the necessary heat to burn other than itself. Human fat has a value which the deniers seem to dismiss! In amongst all of this, have we ever wondered why there is this accusation in History as to Hitler's Murder of the soldiers of the Reich. Those, who having fought and were wounded were dispatched because they too were unworthy mouths to feed? There was a hatred and rabid conformity to so called 'aryanism' which Hitler utilised to sentence so many wounded German soldiers to death. They were not Jews! These were not Gypsies! These were the Men, and Women who drove a relentless swathe through Europe and the East and were discarded if they had a wound, or were otherwise considered expendable!

"..On ..October 5th. 1942 ..I visited ..building office at Dubno ..my foreman told me that in ..vicinity of ..site Jews from Dubno ..had been shot in 3 large pits ..each about 30 metres long ..3 metres deep. About 1,500 persons ..killed daily. All ..to be liquidated. As ..shootings had taken place in his presence he was still very upset. Moennikes and I went straight to .. pits. Nobody prevented us. I heard a quick succession of shots from behind one of ..mounds of earth. ..people ..got off .. lorries ..men ..women ..children ..all ages ..undress upon ..order of ..SS man ..who carried ..whip. They had to put their clothes on separate piles ..shoes ..top clothing ..underclothing. I saw ..heap of shoes ..800 to 1,000 pairs ..great piles of clothes and undergarments. Without screaming or weeping these people undressed ..stood in family groups ..kissed each other ..said their farewells ..waited for a sign from another SS man ..who stood near ..pit ..also with ..whip in ..hand. During ..15 minutes that I stood near ..pit ..I did not hear anyone complain or beg for mercy. I watched a family of about 8 ..man ..woman ..both about 50 ..with their children ..aged about 1 ..8 ..10 ..and 2 grown up daughters ..about 20 to 24. An old woman with snow white hair was holding ..1 year old child in her arms ..singing something to it ..tickling it. ..child was crowing with delight. ..man and wife were looking on with tears in their eyes. ..father was holding ..hand of a boy about 10 ..speaking to him softly. ..boy was fighting back his tears. ..father pointed to ..sky ..stroked ..boy's head and seemed to explain something to him. At that moment ..SS man at ..pit shouted something to his comrade ..who separated off about 20 persons and ordered them to go behind ..mound of earth. Among them .. family I have mentioned. I still clearly remember a dark haired ..slim girl who pointed to herself as she passed close to me and said ..'23' I walked to ..other side of ..mound and found myself standing before an enormous grave. ..people lay so closely packed ..one on top of ..other ..only their heads ..visible. Nearly all had blood running over their shoulders from their heads. Some ..still moving. Some lifted an arm and turned a head to show that they were still alive. ..pit was already two-thirds full. I estimated that it already contained about 1,000 people. I looked round for ..man who had shot them. He was ..SS man ..sitting on ..edge of ..pit ..legs dangling into it. He had a sub machine gun ..smoking a cigarette. ..people ..completely naked ..went down ..steps ..cut in .. clay wall of ..pit ..climbed over ..heads of those already lying there ..to ..place indicated by ..SS man. They laid down in front of ..dead or injured people. Some of them caressed those who were still alive and spoke to them softly. Then I heard a series of shots. I looked into ..pit and saw ..bodies were twitching or ..heads lay motionless on top of ..bodies which lay before them. Blood was pouring from their necks. I was surprised I was not ordered away ..but saw there were also 2 or 3 uniformed policemen standing nearby. ..next batch was already approaching. They climbed into ..pit lined up against ..previous victims and were shot. When I walked back round ..mound I noticed another lorry load of people ..had just arrived. ..it included sick ..infirm people. A very thin old woman ..with terribly thin legs ..was undressed by others who were already naked ..while 2 people supported her. ..woman appeared to be paralysed. ..naked people carried ..woman around ..mound. I left with Moennikes ..drove back to Dubno. ..morning of ..next day ..I visited ..site ..saw about 30 naked people lying near ..pit ..about 30 to 50 metres ..from it. Some ..still alive ..looked straight in front of them with a fixed stare ..seemed not to notice ..chillness nor ..workers of my firm who stood around. A girl of about 20 spoke to me and asked me to give her clothes and help her escape. At that moment we heard a fast car approach and I noticed it was an SS detail. I moved away to my site. 10 minutes later we heard shots from ..vicinity of ..pit. Those Jews who were still alive had been ordered to throw ..corpses into ..pit then they themselves had to lie down in ..pit to be shot in ..neck." Hermann Graebe.

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