Section 17: The Outrageous Lies and Distortions of the “Kurt Gerstein Statement”
One of the most commonly quoted sources for the “mass gassings” claim is a series of statements made after the war by Kurt Gerstein, a former SS Officer. His statements, now known as “The Gerstein Statement” contain what he claimed were to be eyewitness accounts of mass gassings at camps in Poland.
The Holocaust storytellers always omit to explain that there are several different versions of Gerstein’s “statement”—so that should be “Gerstein statements” in the plural. The reason why they try and obscure the fact that there are a number of different Gerstein statements is because they all differ so radically.
The Holocaust storytellers also omit to say that Gerstein conveniently “committed suicide” as soon as he had completed his “revised” affidavits—and so never testified in court, nor was ever cross-questioned on his fantastic claims.
Below: Kurt Gerstein—Despite the most fantastic and patently false claims in his “confession,” his statement is still offered as “proof” even though a casual reading shows that they cannot be true.
A selection of some of the more incredible claims in the Gerstein Statements include:
– Gerstein’s first statement said the Nazis had gassed 40 million people—and did not specify that they were Jews. His second statement reduced this figure to 20 million.
– He claimed to have seen, while on a visit to the Treblinka, 8 gas chambers and “whole mountains of clothes and underwear about 35–40 meters high.”
If it is borne in mind that the average height of a house story is 2.66 meters, then an idea is gained of exactly how high 40 meters is—in other words, he claimed that there were heaps of clothes as high as 15-storey buildings. The sheer physical impossibility of such a mountain of clothes proves the statement to be false.
– He claimed to have been present at a gassing near the Polish town of Belzec in August of 1942, describing the “gas chamber” as follows: “The people are stepping on each other’s feet, 700–800 persons to 25 square meters, 45 cubic meters.” This translates to between 28 and 32 persons were crammed into each cubic meter, something which is nearly physically impossible.
This physical impossibility was acknowledged quite early on by the Holocaust storytellers, and the author Leon Poliakov in particular, who in his 1951 work Breviary of Hate, contained a version of the Gerstein Statement which changed the area of the gas chambers to 93 square meters, thus cutting down Gerstein’s figures to a much more believable 7.5–8.6 persons per square meter.
– Gerstein claimed that the “gas chambers” he saw generated poison gas through the use of diesel engines. The corpses, he said, of the victims were blue afterward from the gas—but in fact carbon monoxide poisoning turns bodies cherry-red, not blue.
There are many other obvious errors and fabrications in the Gerstein statements (including, for example, a claim that Hitler visited Lublin in August 1943—which definitely never happened), but, in spite of these issues which clearly indicate that the “Gerstein Statements” are either completely fabricated or the work of an insane liar, they were used by almost all the “Holocaust experts” in their accounts of the camps.
Acclaimed “expert” Raul Hilberg quoted Gerstein as a major witness no less than six times in his The Destruction of the European Jews, and in 1955, the German government mandated that their schools teach the Gerstein “confessions” to all schoolchildren.
One version of the Gerstein Statements was submitted as evidence to the International Military Tribunal (the main Nuremberg War Crimes Trial) and accepted into evidence—even though the “author” was long since dead and could not testify in person.
Section 18: Jewish Scholars and Yad Vashem Forced to Deny “Soap,” “Lampshades” Horror Stories
At the end of the war it was claimed that the Dachau and Bergen-Belsen camps in Germany had operating gas chambers; and that in camps in Poland, Jews had been killed in “steam chambers” or had been skinned to make lamp shades, gloves and their body fat made into soap.
All of these horror stories have in the subsequent years been refuted by all serious scholars, including the leading Jewish scholar on the issue, Raul Hilberg.
In a lengthy letter to the Los Angeles Times of May 16, 1981, Professor Deborah Lipstadt, well-known as an official “Holocaust historian” said, “The fact is that the Nazis never used the bodies of Jews, or for that matter anyone else, for the production of soap.
The soap rumor was prevalent both during and after the war. It may have had its origin in the cadaver factory atrocity story that came out of World War I.
The letters ‘RJF’ probably stood for the name of the factory that produced soap. The soap rumor was thoroughly investigated after the war and proved to be untrue” (Deborah Lipstadt, “Nazi Soap Rumor During World War II,” Los Angeles Times, May 16, 1981).
Below: Zyklon-B and “Jewish soap” on display in a synagogue in Europe shortly after the war. Allegations that Nazis made Jews into soap, and even shrunk their heads were commonplace—until Jewish scholars and the official Israeli holocaust museum Yad Vashem, were forced to formally repudiate them.
Section 19: What was Really Said at the Wannsee Conference in 1942
The Holocaust storytellers maintain that a conference was held at a Wannsee villa outside Berlin in January 1942, at which the “final solution” was planned.
The minutes to the Wannsee Conference survived the war in full, and are publicly available at the Wannsee Villa museum and elsewhere.
A reading of the Wannsee Minutes shows the following:
– Nowhere in the meeting’s minutes is genocide discussed, planned, proposed, or even suggested;
– The Wannsee Conference never discussed gas chambers, shootings, or any of the claims made after the war.
– The Wannsee Minutes reported that there were only 4.5 million Jews under German control (yet 4.3 million Jewish compensation claims have been lodged against the postwar German government);
– The Wannsee Conference was a planning meeting on how Europe’s Jews should be deported, via transit camps, to the East; with able-bodied Jews being forced to build roads and other labor intensive tasks in those regions;
– The Wannsee Conference also made allowance for specific exceptions to Jewish evacuation, such as Jewish German World War I veterans; all Jews over the age of 65; and all Jews working in industries vital to the German war effort, to be released from the threat of evacuation, and be allowed to stay in Germany.
There is therefore, no justification for the allegation that the Wannsee Conference was a “master plan for mass murder” and the media, Holocaust institutions and reference books which claim this, are simply lying.
Many of the Holocaust “experts” actually admit that there is no plan for mass murder in the Wannsee Minutes, and try to explain this “problem” away by stating that “code words” were instead used, such as “Labor assignment in the East” and so on. There is, of course, absolutely no justification for any of these claims.
Section 20: Wannsee “A Silly Story,” says Israel’s Leading Holocaust Scholar
That the Wannsee Conference never discussed killing Jews in any way, has actually been confirmed in public by Yehuda Bauer, professor of Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Bauer is also the founding editor of the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, published by Yad Vashem in 1990.
He is not, therefore, an obscure figure, but a leading and major—in fact, one of the most senior—Jews promoting the Holocaust fable.
As long ago as 1992, Bauer, speaking at a conference held in London to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Wannsee meeting, told the audience that the claim that Wannsee was a “master plan” to kill Jews was nothing but a “silly story.”
Bauer’s remarks were reported in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency of January 23, 1992, and the Canadian Jewish Times of January 30, 1992.
Titled “NaziScheme Not Born at Wannsee, Israeli Holocaust Scholar Claims,” the JTA report continued:
London (JTA)—An Israeli Holocaust scholar has de-bunked the Wannsee Conference, at which top Nazi officials are said to have gathered at a villa in a Berlin suburb in 1942 to draw the blueprints of the “Final Solution.”
According to Prof. Yehuda Bauer of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Wannsee was a meeting, “but hardly a conference,” and “little of what was said there was executed in detail.” Bauer addressed the opening session of an international conference held here to mark the 50th anniversary of the decision to carry out the “Final Solution.” “But it was not made at Wannsee,” the Czech born scholar said.
“The public still repeats, time after time, the silly story that at Wannsee the extermination of the Jews was arrived at. Wannsee was but a stage in the unfolding of the process of mass murder,” he said.
Below: A report in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reporting Bauer’s comments about the “silly story” of the Wannsee Conference.
Section 21: What the “Final Solution” Actually Meant: Deportation to the East
The Holocaust Storytellers have deliberately created the impression that the Nazis always used “code words” in order to “hide” their activities. The basis of this suggestion is preposterous.
An undertaking to kill upward of 6 million people—the equivalent of the populations of New Zealand, Cyprus, and Luxemburg, all added together—while fighting a major war against the Soviet Union, Britain, and the United States, would involve the efforts of huge numbers of people, and not just the small number of soldiers, guards, and administrators claimed.
To argue that a project to kill an entire population of that size could be kept “quiet” by using “code words” would be laughable if it were not taken so seriously by the Holocaust storytellers.
So what then, was the true meaning of the Endlösung or “Final Solution?” The answer lies within the famous Wannsee Minutes, and is open for all but the willingly blind to see. In a nutshell, German policy with regard to Jews was divided up into two distinct phases:
1. Before the outbreak of the war, it was their intention to force all the Jews to legally emigrate out of Germany. It was to this end that the cooperation with the Zionists, as outlined above, was based.
2. After the outbreak of the war, practical considerations made these plans void. Increased numbers of Jews fell under German control, and once it was decided to invade the Soviet Union, the decision was taken to systematically deport as many Jews as possible to the Far East, deep into Russia, east of the Ural Mountains.
This then, was the “Final Solution”—the deportation of Jews to the Far East. All German policy from then on was geared toward achieving this objective, as will be detailed below.
Section 22: Hitler’s 1939 Reichstag “Threat to the Jews” Speech
One of the most common claims of “proof” of the Holocaust is a speech given by Adolf Hitler before the German Reichstag in 1939.
This speech is used to camouflage the fact that there are no written orders from Hitler authorizing or instructing Jews to be killed—an issue which has long perplexed those who believe the extermination story.
The exact words, delivered by Hitler on January 30, 1939, read as follows:
“If International Financial Jewry within and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations once again into a world war, then the result will not be the bolshevisation of earth and thereby the victory of Jewry, but the destruction of the Jewish race in Europe.” (Wenn es dem internationalen Finanzjudentum in und außerhalb Europas gelingen sollte, die Völker noch einmal in einen Weltkrieg zu stürzen, dann wird das Ergebnis nicht die Bolschewisierung der Erde und damit der Sieg des Judentums sein, sondern die Vernichtung der jüdischen Rasse in Europa.)
Below: Hitler speaks to the Reichstag, January 30, 1939.
These are strong words, but bearing in mind the declaration of war by world Jewry, they are clearly meant to counter the Jewish threat to destroy Germany.
Furthermore, the date of the speech, at the beginning of 1939, predates even the most extreme “extermination” claims which allege that the killing of Jews only started in 1942.
What did he exactly mean by the “destruction of the Jewish Race in Europe?” Did he really mean extermination? The answer to this question was, ironically, provided by Hitler himself.
Section 23: What Hitler Said about the “Extermination” Rumors
In the book Hitler’s Table Talk (Bormann, Martin. ed. Hitler’s Table Talk 1941–1944. trans. Cameron, Norman; Stevens, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1953), which was a collection of round-table discussions between Hitler and his personal entourage, published after the war, he went into details on what he precisely meant:
“From the rostrum of the Reichstag, I prophesied to Jewry that, in the event of war’s proving inevitable, the Jew would disappear from Europe. That race of criminals has on its conscience the two million dead of the First World War, and now already hundreds and thousands more. Let nobody tell me that all the same we can’t park them in the marshy parts of Russia! Who’s worrying about our troops? It’s not a bad idea, by the way, that public rumour attributes to us a plan to exterminate the Jews. Terror is a salutary thing” (ibid., p. 87.).
This quote puts Hitler’s speeches into context: in private, he referred explicitly to only resettling the Jews in the east and went on to mock stories of the “extermination” of Jews, specifically dismissing them as untrue.
Section 24: Himmler’s 1943 Posen Speech and the Meaning of “Ausrotten”
A speech given by SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler at Posen in Poland during October 1943 is also widely claimed to be “evidence” of the Holocaust. This speech, which was captured on tape, contains the following comments, transcribed here first in German and then in the English translation:
“Ich meine jetzt die Judenevakuierung, die Ausrottung des jüdische Volkes. Es gehört zu den Dingen, die man leicht ausspricht. ‘Das jüdische Volk wird ausgerottet,’ sagt ein jeder Parteigenosse, ‘ganz klar, steht in unserem Programm, Ausschaltung der Juden, Ausrottung, machen wir.’” (“I am thinking now of the evacuation of the Jews, the extirpation of the Jewish people. It is one of those things that’s easy to say: ‘The Jewish people will be extirpated,’ says every Party comrade, ‘that’s quite clear, it’s in our program: elimination of the Jews, extirpation; that’s what we’re doing’”)—Speech of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler at Posen, October 4, 1943, Document No. 1919-PS, Nuremberg Trial records.
Below: Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler’s handwritten notes for his speech in Posen, 1943. The notes specifically referred to “Jewish evacuation” (Judenevakuierung) but in the sound recording of the speech, he used the word “ausrotten.” The context of this word has been distorted to mean “murder” but there are numerous other examples of where this phrase was used with no such meaning, as discussed in the text of this work.
As with Hitler’s Reichstag speech, the meaning of Himmler’s Posen speech turns on the English meaning of the German word “ausrotting.” There is no doubt that in modern German, “ausrotting” or “ausrotten” means murder. But in the German of the time, it did not.
There are a number of examples of other public utterances by Hitler in particular where he used the word “ausrotting” with reference to people—and these cases have never been taken to mean murder.
For example, in August 1936, Hitler dictated a famous memorandum on Germany’s four-year rearmament program, which contains the phrase “if the Bolsheviks succeed in entering Germany, it will lead to the ausrotten of the German people” (Akten zur deutschen auswärtigen Politik 1918–1945, “Documents on German Foreign Policy 1918–1945,” series E, 1933-1937, Vol. V, 2. Goettingen, 1977). This clearly does not mean that if the Bolsheviks invaded Germany it would lead to the murder of all 50 million Germans. What Hitler said in that memorandum was that the entry of the Bolsheviks would lead to the end of Germany as a national state and an end of the German people.
Hitler also used the phrase to the president of Czechoslovakia, Emil Hácha, on March 15, 1939.
Hácha had just signed the document which led to the German occupation of the Sudentenland, and Hitler said to the Czech president that “It is a good thing that you signed because otherwise it would have meant the ausrotten of the Czechoslovakian people.”
It has never been taken to mean that Hitler told Hácha that a failure to sign the document would mean the murder of all 8 million Czechs, merely that Czechoslovakia would cease to exist.
It is therefore, a deliberate misinterpretation on the part of the Holocaust storytellers to automatically take the word “ausrotting” to mean extermination. Himmler’s own handwritten notes of his 1943 Posen speech confirm this as well: although he used the word “ausrotting” in the oral presentation, this part of the speech in his notes was marked as “Judenevakuierung,” which translates as “Jewish evacuation.”
Despite the Holocaust storytellers’ best efforts, therefore, no documentary evidence has ever been produced showing senior Nazi leadership orders for any mass extermination policy.
Section 25: Himmler’s Personal Correspondence Never Mentions “Extermination” Claims
In late 2013, Himmler’s personal correspondence “emerged” from the hands of a private collector in Israel.
The announcement that his personal papers had been “found” provoked numerous articles in the media hoping that there would be some sort of “confession” or at least a reference to the “mass extermination” program attributed to the SS—but these hopes were rudely dashed when the letters were shown to contain not a single word about mass-murders or gassing. On the contrary, the personal correspondence of the leader of the SS in fact underlined the Nazi policy of forcing the Jews to leave Germany.
Section 26: The Bad Arolsen “International Tracing Service” Archives Provides No Evidence of any Mass Murder Program
The International Tracing Service (ITS), situated in Bad Arolsen, Germany, is an internationally governed center for documentation, information and research on displaced persons, forced labor and the “Holocaust,” compiled from records all across Europe, run by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The archive contains about 30 million documents from concentration camps, details of forced labor, and files on displaced persons. Because it contains all the German records, it is regarded as the most significant collection of documents related to all aspects of the Nazi era, holding 25 kilometers of papers which include hand-typed lists of Jews, homosexuals, and other groups detained in the camps, files on children born in the Nazi Lebensborn program, and, most importantly, registers of arrivals and departures from concentration camps.
When it was announced in 2007 that the Bad Arolsen archives were to be opened to the public for the first time since the war, mass media reports crowed that this would finally “lift the lid” on the “mass extermination” and “gassing” program.
Once again, just like the Himmler letters, the Holocaust storytellers were deeply disappointed. The records, German and otherwise, contained no evidence whatsoever of any mass genocide program.