Appendix 2: The Oskar Groening “I Saw the Gas Chambers” Story

The trial of Oskar Groening, the former SS so-called “Auschwitz bookkeeper” from April to July 2015 attracted much attention and allowed the mass media—and the BBC in particular—to recycle yet another old hoary lie on the topic: namely that Groening had said in a documentary that he had “seen the gas chambers.”

The BBC’s coverage of Groening’s court date, as contained in their article of February 2, 2015, titled “Trial date set for ‘Auschwitz bookkeeper’ Groening” is clearly designed to be an attempt to beat back the growing Holocaust revisionist tide. The BBC article, in a sub-heading called “I saw the gas chambers,” tells its readers that:
“Groening, who began work at Auschwitz aged 21, does not deny witnessing the mass killing at Auschwitz. In 2005 he told the BBC: “I saw the gas chambers. I saw the crematoria. I saw the open fires. I was on the ramp when the selections [for the gas chambers] took place. I would like you to believe these atrocities happened—because I was there.”
The documentary to which this article refers is the six-episode “Auschwitz: The Nazis and ‘The Final Solution’” produced by the BBC and distributed all over the world.
As usual with these sorts of Holocaust stories, the truth is very far from reality. Groening was a lower-ranking SS man at Auschwitz—but in the BBC documentary, he actually never used the words “gas chambers.”
This is a complete fiction, a made-up insertion. This overt lie was first pointed out by an alert viewer of the program from Portugal, one A. S. Marques, in a letter to historian David Irving, which was published on the latter’s website. Marques’ masterful treatment of the “Groening confession” lie cannot be bettered, so here it is, verbatim, as originally published:
A. S. Marques of Portugal has spotted, Saturday, April 16, 2005, how BBC producer Laurence Rees faked what a German “eye-witness of gas chambers” actually said.
What Gröning actually said:
I HAVE just read the article “The fight against Holocaust denial” by Raffi Berg, quoted by your site from BBC News. In that article, we read the following:
“The fear that deniers could gain the upper hand led an SS camp guard, Oskar Gröning, to break a lifetime of silence earlier this year in a BBC documentary, Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution. ‘I saw the gas chambers. I saw the crematoria. I saw the open fires. I was on the ramp when the selections [for the gas chambers] took place,’ said Mr Gröning, now in his 80s. ‘I would like you to believe these atrocities happened— because I was there.’”
Mr. Berg’s quote is intriguing. I happen to have not only watched, but also tape-recorded, the BBC documentary he mentions, when it was broadcast last March 8 [2005] on the Portuguese channel RTP-2, in its original English version subtitled in Portuguese, and I was struck by the contradiction between the subtitles and the actual words one can hear in the film.
They differ in one important detail from what one can distinctly hear, both in the German words spoken by Gröning and their superposed English translation. The Portuguese subtitles, like Mr. Berg’s quote, follow what I gather to be theBBC-distributed text that one can find here (Groening speaking):
“I see it as my task, now at my age, to face up to these things that I experienced and to oppose the Holocaust deniers who claim that Auschwitz never happened. And that’s why I am here today. Because I want to tell those deniers: I have seen the gas chambers, I have seen the crematoria, I have seen the burning pits—and I want you to believe me that these atrocities happened. I was there.”
Now here are the actual words one gets in the English superposed commentary, which is a faithful translation of the German words one is also able to hear beneath the English:
“I see it as my task, now at my age, to face up to these things that I experienced and to oppose the Holocaust deniers who claim that Auschwitz never happened. And that’s why I am here today. Because I want to tell those deniers: I have seen the crematoria, I have seen the burning pits—and I want you to believe me that these atrocities happened. I was there.”
Spot the difference.
A. S. Marques, Lisbon, Portugal.

The Trial Dissolves into a Farce

The trial soon dissolved into a farce after Groening accused “eyewitnesses” of exaggerating, and an analysis of his own account of a “gassing at Auschwitz” showed that his claims were fabricated, completely inconsistent with all established “evidence” and included a patently bogus claim that dead male corpses achieved erections while they were being cremated.
The following also emerged from Groening’s testimony:
1. Groening said the Red Cross visited Auschwitz and were shown around Camp 1 despite the Holocaust storytellers claiming that there was a “gas chamber’ at the entrance gates to that camp (the one still shown to tourists today);
2. That there was a brothel for prisoner use in Auschwitz Camp 1.
3. That Groening freely admitted that what knew about Auschwitz was limited to what “other people had told him.” This included his claim that the camp could “dispose’ of 5000 people every 24 hours, which he specifically said other people had told him.
4. Groening said he never saw or experienced any of the “5000 per day death process” himself, despite spending about two years at the camp.
5. That he contracted typhus from the prisoners and nearly died from the disease.
6. That he was reading from a script prepared for him, and could not remember questions asked of him only a few minutes before.
7. This prepared script was particularly relevant when it came to his account of witnessing a “gassing’ at the camp, and the fact that his account was completely different to the “gassing in crematoria bunkers’ told by the Holocaust storytellers.
8. Groening had, contrary to the English-speaking media’s reporting, said so little of significance that one of the plaintiffs in the case, alleged “survivor’ Eva Kor told the German media that “He did not really say much. I’m a little disappointed.’
The English-language coverage of the Groening trial was subjected to strict censorship in the controlled media in Britain and America, where the editors and journalists have both cherry-picked what they wanted to report and have even fabricated statements and claimed that Groening has made them in court.
Ironically, the court proceedings were much more accurately reported by the media in Germany, as exemplified, for example, by the coverage provided by the Bild newspaper. Two articles in Bild in particular covered Groening’s actual testimony in some detail, and, apart from a few sarcastic editorial insertions, have provided a completely different perspective on Groening’s “confession’ than claimed by the UK and US media.

The first Bild article, titled “Das Auschwitz-Geständnis des SS-Manns Oskar Gröning” (The Auschwitz confession of SS man Oskar Groening), dated 22-04-15, contains Groening’s exact testimony regarding the “gassing’ he claims to have witnessed.
In December 1942, he had to help in the search for prisoners who escaped from the extermination camp: “Somehow, some Jews during transportation escaped.” He witnessed a gassing in a farmhouse in the forest. “That was the only time I have seen a complete gassing operation.”
“One guard poured gas into the opening, then the screams became louder, but soon quiet again.” Again he asked for a transfer” declined. “To clear this hurdle, I would have to go to Stalingrad, which was not always such an easy matter.”

Groening’s Claims Completely Different to All Other “Eye-Witnesses” Accounts

Groening’s account differs radically from all the “eye-witnesses” and official accounts, which have claimed that the gassings were carried out in underground bunkers attached to the crematoria in Auschwitz Camp 2.
Instead, as detailed above, Groening said the gassing he witnessed took place in a “farmer’s house in the forest’” and in the middle of the night.
Firstly, although it is clear that his “gassing in a farmhouse in the middle of the nights in the forest” bears no relation to any other account, claim or eye-witness, the controlled media all over the world blindly accepted this claim as the truth, and propagated it without comment.
Holocaust Storytellers will doubtless try and claim that this “farmhouse in the forest” was one the so-called “provisional gas chambers,’ also known in Holocaust legend as the “red” and “blue” houses, or “bunker 1” and “bunker 2.”

As can be seen from the “official’ map of the Auschwitz camp (above), which claims to show all the “gassing locations,” the “bunker 1” and “bunker 2” (“g” and “h” on the map below, circled) are located at the northern boundary at the western end of the Birkenau camp, and right up against the camp perimeter. Groening’s claim that the farmhouse gassing was “hidden in the forest” is therefore clearly inconsistent even with the official Auschwitz Holocaust story.
Furthermore—and this is the most telling part—Groening’s testimony in the Luneberg court room appears to be little more than a written summary of his 2005 interview with Der Spiegel magazine, titled “Der Buchhalter von Auschwitz,’ (The Accountant of Auschwitz, 09.05.2005).
According to the coverage of the trial reported by the Abendblatt newspaper, titled “KZ-Buchhalter Gröning: “Die SS galt als zackige Truppe” (Concentration Camp Accountant Groening: ‘The SS was considered a smart troop’ 21.04.15), it was here that it became obvious that Groening was just reading from a script prepared for him. As the Abendblatt said:
“Here it says killed,” he said, almost irritated with a brief look at the manuscript before him.
In fact, it seems that most of the script from which he has been reading in court, has been extracted almost verbatim from that Spiegel interview. There is however one important exception to this verbatim retelling, and that is the part which deals with the “gassing in the forest’ allegation.

The Outrageous Claims in the Groening “Confession”

In the Spiegel interview, he described the “gassing’ he witnessed as follows:
“One night, he is hauled out of bed by a whistle alarm. Jews have escaped. He runs through the darkness and come to a farm, in front of which lie dead bodies. He also sees naked people driven into the homestead. He sees a SS Squad Leader close the door, pull a gas mask over his head, open a can and dump the contents into a hatch. Then he hears screams. The cries become a roar, the roar becomes a buzz, and all becomes quiet.
“He returns to his barracks with another man, who tells him he knows a shortcut. On the way, he meets another man, who tells him what it looks like when the corpses are burned on grates. Their bodies are lined up, and the men’s penises are erect, he says.’
This account is clearly fantasy, particularly the part about the male corpses having erections as they are burned. Apart from being physiologically impossible, such a claim smacks of the very worst of the hysterical lies and outrageous claims of the Holocaust storytellers.

Finally, it is highly significant that Groening’s Luneberg testimony on the “gassing procedure’ was deliberately vague compared with the detailed account in the Spiegel interview.
The “erect penises while being burned on grates” claim is the most obvious reason why this part has been edited out of Groening’s new script at Luneberg.
But another reason is clearly the “fact” that, according to the Holocaust Storytellers, the “gassed Jews” at Auschwitz were cremated in industrial-scale crematoria inside Auschwitz Camp 2, and not on “grates” in the forest. Significantly, Groening spent at least two years at the camp, but somehow he never heard of the supposed “big gas chambers and crematoria” inside the camp, and instead claims only to have seen this mysterious “house” in the forest.

Inconsistencies in Groening’s Account Summarized

1. Groening’s claim of a gassing facility “in a farmhouse in the forest” being operated in the middle of the night is completely unsubstantiated by any other evidence, even that put forward by the official Holocaust Storytellers;
2. Groening’s claim in the 2005 Der Spiegel interview that the burning male corpses had erections while they were being cremated reveals confirms that the entire story is an outrageous fantasy; and
3. Groening’s claim in the 2005 Der Spiegel interview that the cremations took place on “grates in the forest at night” is in complete contradiction to the Holocaust Storytellers’ claim that the “gassing victims” were cremated in the crematoria which could “dispose of” 5000 people every day.
4. Groening only came forward with these bizarre claims 40 years after the end of the war—until then, he had never said a word about this mysterious, and until then, completely unknown gassing facility “in a farmhouse in the forest.”
Why then would Groening make this bizarre—and completely unsubstantiated—claim of a new, never-before-heard-of “gassing’ facility in a “farmhouse in the forest?”
The only possible answer must be that he has simply imagined it after reading wild claims in this regard, and then has transposed himself into the story over time. That this appears to be the case is apparent from the fact that he only went public with this claim for the first time in 1985—some forty years after the end of the war! All the time prior to that date, he had never said a word about this “gassing in a farmhouse in the forest” to anyone, despite being a witness in several prior court cases. That Groening could even claim that dead male corpses could have erections as they were being burned, as part of his “evidence” about a gassing, brings into serious doubt the truthfulness of his other claims.
The Bild article of 22-04-15 provides further insights into Groening’s testimony:
On Wednesday Groening however denied to have been regularly involved in the selection of incoming Jews. He had only served three times at the ramp at Auschwitz. After his promotion to Unterscharführer in 1944 to guard the baggage, he had never been the ramp as part of his regular duties, Groening told the judge. He only been told from a small number of colleagues what had transpired at the ramp.
[Note the admission that he only knew of what happened from what he had been told by others].
For the incoming people, an armed guard detachment was sufficient. “The capacity of the gas chambers and the crematoria was really limited,’ Groening said. “They boasted that they could kill 5,000 in 24 hours.”
[Note the “they boasted’ claim” Groening never actually witnessed this, contrary to the impression created by the English-language media.] Groening’s testimony continued, as reported by the Bild:
On his first night in his living quarters, he asked what was done in Auschwitz. “What, do you mean you do not know?” And then it was said that the people who could not work, the jargon was, “disposed of.”
[Once again, note the admission that he only knew of what happened from what he had been told by others].
The Bild article continued:
Groening was put into the foreign exchange department: “I was given this job because was trained as a banker. I stayed there until October 1944 until I was sent to the front because of my transfer request. My job was the collection and recovery of money.”
Groening then went into his description of the killing of a baby by a SS Guard on the ramp at Auschwitz. This story also features prominently in his 2005 Der Spiegel interview, almost verbatim. While there is no evidence one way or another to prove or disprove Groening’s claims with regard to this incident, the fact that he could simultaneously invent stories about bodies with erect penises being burned on “grates” casts a question mark over his outrageous story of baby-bashing as well.
The next part of the Bild article contains some editorial insertions, here highlighted by italics.
The Bild’s comments inadvertently show three things:
- that the inmates of Auschwitz 1 were for the most part real criminals and not just political prisoners or Jews;
- that when he is not reading from his prepared manuscript, Groening rambles on; and
-that the prisoners in Auschwitz were given access to prostitutes (in a supposed “extermination center” !)
The Bild article continues (remember, Bild commentary text in italics):
Then Groening spoke of a visit by the Red Cross [to Auschwitz]. “Camp 1 [Auschwitz I] consisted of professional criminals who had served their sentence, social misfits and people of the Watchtower Society.” By this he means Jehovah’s Witnesses who had been deported. “Once the Red Cross had registered for the tour, then they were of course only shown Camp 1.”
Before the [Red Cross] tour stated, “ten women from a brothel” were sent to Camp 1; Groening did not explain why [this was so]. Why he was saying this at all remains unclear, as he started digressing.
The “ladies of the brothel” were for those [prisoners] who still were strong enough [to use them]. That it amounted to forced prostitution, Groening appears not to have known before today.
The Bild continues:
As at the end of 1943, Groening contracted typhus and was put into quarantine in Katowice. His father was summoned because it was expected that Groening would die [from the disease]. “And one day my father stood by my bed. These are the sort of scenes that you cannot forget.” After convalescing, he went back to Auschwitz.
[It is of significance that, according to Groening’s own testimony, he contracted typhus from being at the camp. As it is now well-known, the use of Zyklon-B was precisely to exterminate typhus-bearing lice, and this was the reason for the delousing chambers at the camp, which have now been misrepresented as homicidal gas chambers” although, if Groening is to be believed, he had never heard of such a thing. The fact that a German guard could catch typhus was an indication of how serious the problem was, and also provides a rational explanation why the Germans would use the Zyklon-B insecticide at all the camps, not just Auschwitz].
It was not until the autumn of 1944 he was sent to the front—after the so-called Hungarian Action in 1944, one alone for legal prosecution in the current process. At that time, more than 300,000 Jews were taken out of the country to the extermination camp within a few weeks. Most of them were immediately murdered in gas chambers. The judge wants to know what was different about the “Hungarian Action.”
“The effort was greater,” said Groening.
[This is only relevant because Groening has been specifically charged with participation in the claimed “extermination’ of 300,000 (!) Hungarian Jews. This figure dates from the time when it was claimed that over 4 million people had been exterminated at Auschwitz, whereas today the “official’ estimate has been reduced to one million” but somehow the original “6 million’ figure has never been reduced accordingly.]
Groening’s testimony was met with disappointment by one of the plaintiffs in the case, alleged survivor Eva Kor. As the Bild reported:
“He did not really say much. I’m a little disappointed,” said Eva Kor, Auschwitz survivor and co-plaintiff.
On the third day of the trial, Groening expanded on some of his earlier testimony, reported once again by the Bild newspaper in an article titled “SS-Mann: Dienst an de Rampe war „nervig“ (“SS man: Duty on the ramp was ‘annoying’”).

Groening Accuses “Eye-Witnesses” of Exaggerating

It was during this testimony that Groening accused the “eye-witnesses’ giving testimony in the court room of having exaggerated their descriptions:
Today, on the third day of the trial, the lawyers interviewed the co-plaintiffs against Oskar Groening. They wanted to elicit from him the role he has played in the extermination [process]. He said [in turn] that many descriptions of Auschwitz [as claimed by the witnesses] were “exaggerated.”
Groening’s advocate read out in court from the charge sheet, [quoting] that the “the groups of arrivals were always surrounded by guards and escape was impossible” and would have been shot at the slightest sign of resistance.
[In response] Groening said “Most of these things I can confirm, but others I have never experienced. Nevertheless, I think these descriptions have been exaggerated.”
Groening’s refusal to listen to any more testimony on Thursday April 23, 2015, for example, after being forced to hear a “survivor’ rehash the “I pulled gold teeth from dead corpses’ fake horror story, provided yet another uncomfortable moment.

The Meaning of “Entlassung”

Then came the part where, according to many media reports, Groening was supposed to have said that he “could not imagine Jews leaving Auschwitz alive.”
A close reading of the actual testimony, detailed in the Bild report, reveals that he in fact did not say this, and instead actually only said that he could “not imagine Jews being released.” The German word “entlassung” was deliberately mistranslated by the English-language mass media to mean “murdered” instead of its actual meaning, to be “released” or “laid off” (as in being laid off work).
Furthermore, the fact that Groening was reading off a prepared script became obvious once again when the judge asked him a question not related to the prepared manuscript, as the Bild reported:
Question: “Could you imagine at the time that the Jews ever could get out alive from the camp and could have descendants?”
Groening hesitated for a long time, and then conferred with his lawyers. Then [he said]: “Now I have unfortunately forgotten your question.”
The reference to “entlassung” follows, here in the original German followed by an English translation:
Wieder bespricht er sich mit seinen Anwälten. Schließlich sagt er: „Ich konnte mir nur vorstellen, in Auschwitz 1 sind Entlassungen getätigt worden.“
Frage: „Auch Entlassungen von Juden?“
Antwort: „Nein.“
Nachfrage: „Konnten Sie sich das vorstellen?“
Gröning: „Nein, ich konnte mir das nicht vorstellen.“
Again he conferred with his lawyers. Finally, he said: “I could only imagine in Auschwitz 1 that releases were made.”
Question: “Even Entlassungen of the Jews?”
Answer: “No.”
Another question: “Could you imagine that?”
Groening: “No, I could not imagine that.”
In other words, Groening actually said that he could NOT imagine Jews being released in Auschwitz: and not that he could not imagine Jews being killed there —which is precisely the opposite of how most English-language media outlets presented the exchange.

The Groening “Confession”: Invented Hearsay

From the above it can be seen that Groening’s ridiculous claims about “erect penises” on “dead men being cremated on grates” after being gassed in a “farmhouse hidden in the woods in the middle of the night” are clearly invented.
The “gassing in the forest” is clearly a fiction developed in his Groening’s own mind, brought on by who knows what psychological impulse.
Once caught up in the story, Groening was left with little alternative to follow the “don’t-deny-it-happened-but-I-was-not-involved” type confession, the sort of which is detailed in Chapter 8 of this book (“The Psychology of Confessions”).
It was a dangerous game which ultimately saw him sentenced to four years in prison —on the basis of a claim which was clearly untrue.