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The Holes in the Roofs of the Gas Chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau: A forensic investigation proves their existence
"No holes, no Holocaust" has long been one of the denier community's favorite slogans. It refers to the holes in the roof of Kremas (crematoria) II and III at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Now a report entitled The Ruins of the Gas Chambers: A Forensic Investigation of Crematoriums at Auschwitz I and Auschwitz-Birkenau by Daniel Keren, Harry W. Mazal and Jamie McCarthy proves not only that the holes existed but shows where they are. This report first appeared in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Oxford University Press, Volume 18, Number 1, Spring 2004, pages 68-103. and is reproduced with permission.
Quick Facts on the Holocaust
Essays and other material on the Auschwitz death camp:
Essays on the Extermination Camps of Belzec, Treblinka and Sobibor
Please also see our section on Eyewitness Accounts and Family Histories for a sense of the human impact of the Holocaust through the eyes of those who experienced it or know people who did.
Documents on the beginnings of the gassing program:
Documents on the Auschwitz death camp:
Documents on the Operation Reinhard extermination camps:
Various important books with the permission of the Beate Klarsfeld Foundation
IMT Volume I (370 pages). The Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Volume I. Covering October 18 to November 13, 1945. The text has been faithfully reproduced page-by-page. Thanks to Patrick Groff and Harry Mazal.
IMT Volume II (500 pages). Covering November 14 to November 30, 1945. Thanks to Patrick Groff and Harry Mazal.
IMT Volume III (600 pages). Covering December 1 to December 14, 1945. Thanks to Patrick Groff and Harry Mazal.
IMT Volume IV (570 pages). Covering December 17, 1945 to January 8, 1946. Thanks to Patrick Groff and Harry Mazal.
The Jaeger Report (9 pages), Written by SS-Standartenfuehrer (Colonel) Karl Jaeger, commander of one of the "Einsatzkommandos" (EK 3), it provides a very detailed account of the murderous rampage of this "special squad" in Nazi-occupied USSR, and proudly documents 137,346 murders.
The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide by Dr. Robert Jay Lifton. "An agonizing account of what doctors can do when they are transformed by their culture. To read of the medical experiments at Auschwitz - 'They took us because they didn’t have rabbits' - will make it harder for us physicians ever again to be corrupted." Howard M. Spiro, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Yale Medical School.
The Stroop Report (125 pages), Major General Jürgen Stroop, 1943. The thorough Nazi record proudly documenting the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto. See also Stroop on Treblinka. Thanks to Jürgen Langowski. See introduction for notes on the English translation.
Blausäure zur Schädlingsbekämpfung (70 pages), Gerhard Peters, 1933. "Prussic Acid in Pest Control." An important work for understanding the characteristics of Zyklon-B. Text transcription and translation are not yet available. Thanks to Daniel Keren.
Die Einsatzfähigkeit der Blausäure-Durchgasung bei tiefen Temperaturen (5 pages), Gerhard Peters and W. Rasch, 1941. "The Efficiency of Prussic Acid Fumigation at Low Temperatures." Addresses behavior of Zyklon-B at low temperatures.
Nochmals: Die Einsatzfähigkeit der Blausäure-Durchgasung bei tiefen Temperaturen (3 pages), R. Irmscher, 1942. "Once More: The Efficiency of Prussic Acid Fumigation at Low Temperatures." Further German research addressing the behavior of Zyklon-B at low temperatures.
We have a special page devoted to an examination of Holocaust denial and deniers.
Among other things, we offer a quick questions and answers page on revisionism and Holocaust deniers.
David Irving is a Holocaust denier residing in the UK who recently lost a lawsuit to Deborah Lipstadt. We now have an index organizing material about David Irving.
We also offer a
for those seeking a printed concise introduction
to David Irving and his lies, entitled
Who is David Irving?
(Over a year ago, David Irving called this pamphlet "lies" and
"fiction." Although he constructed a special webpage to reprint it, and
has corresponded with us several times, he has been unable to name even
one error. In
July 1998, he
said he would respond - and after a long silence, in
(Over a year ago, David Irving called this pamphlet "lies" and "fiction." Although he constructed a special webpage to reprint it, and has corresponded with us several times, he has been unable to name even one error. In July 1998, he said he would respond - and after a long silence, in January 1999 decided not.)
CODOH (the so-called committee for open discussion of the Holocaust story) is one of the major disseminators of denial in the US. We now have a webpage devoted to addressing the challenge that they pose.
We have a letter from Joel Hayward regarding his change of views with respect to his Master's thesis.
Early in 2009, the Vatican rehabilitated four Bishops who had been consecrated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre 20 years ago. Since this had been done without Vatican approval, the Bishops were excommunicated. Not long after the rehabilitation had been announced by Pope Benedict XVI, it came to light that one of the Bishops - Richard Williamson - has expressed views consistent with those of Holocaust deniers and antisemites in a television interview aired just days before the Vatican decision was announced. A firestorm of controversy arose, which has been documented in the media, and need not be repeated here. The Bishop was ordered to recant his views (which he has yet to do). THHP member Harry W. Mazal has written a Response to statements made by Bishop Richard Williamson concerning the Holocaust from both the historical and scientific perspectives of Bishop Williamson's public statements.
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