or "... one and a half?"
published on March 19, 1990
Laying the myth of Nazi 'factories of death'
published on March 23, 1990
Irving's mistakes over gas chambers
SIR&emdash;In his letter (March 19) David Irving once again returned to his opinion that the gas chambers in Auschwitz never existed.
By quoting Soviet authorities Auschwitz Totenbücher with a list of only 74,000 dead, the Washington National Archives, OSS reports, camp commandant and Rudolf Höss's confession under torture, is he hoping that your readers will not check his "sources "?
I am not Jewish, I am Polish, my Auschwitz number is 121-421 (May 1943) and I am the author of Fighting Auschwitz about the camp and the underground movement there.
Being a former prisoner of Birkenau, a sub-camp of Auschwitz where four gas chambers and crematoria were in operation, I not only saw these buildings and the people directed there, but spent several years collecting facts.
In Rudolf Höss's memoirs there is not a single word that he was tortured in a Polish prison. His evidence about the gassing of people in Auschwitz is most convincing.
Let me add that the facts about Auschwitz do not spoil the spirit of conciliation towards the Germans, since several of their leaders including Chancellor Kohl visited Ausch-witz and admitted the fact that gas chambers existed and millions were killed there.
WEBSITE NOTE: Observe Garlinski's addition of the weasel phrase "in a Polish prison", which Mr Irving did not use in his letter posted above. Höss, who no doubt richly deserved his fate on the gallows, was severely beaten by the British on capture, again under interrogation, and again at Nuremberg.
Evidence drawn from incomplete lists
SIR&emdash;The release by the Soviet authorities, via the Red Cross, of the Totenbücher lists of 74.000 people who perished at Auschwitz was a partial and incomplete record as both the Red Cross and the Soviets stated, at the time.
They applied to 1942 only, and then not a111 the names: the 1944 records no longer exist and the 1943 list is only a fragment of the original more complete one.
This was all made perfectly plain by Charles Claude Biedermann of the Red Cross in his interview in Die Welt (March. 2) as well as by Tass (Sept. 21, 1989) and Izvestia (Sept, 23, 1989).
By the way, the so-called laboratory tests in the gas chambers were by American Fred A. Leuchter, whose report Irving is now peddling in Britain. This thesis was first produced at the trial of neo-Nazi Ernst Zündel in Canada and subsequently published by his racist "samizdat'" publication.
SIR&emdash;Mr Irving states that the phrase "the Holocaust'" had not been coined when he drafted his book on Hitler, In fact, printed with a capital. letter, it has been around in Jewish academic circles at least since the Fifties (Yad Vashem Bulletin, April 1957).
As a description of what the Nazis did to the Jews it appeared without the capital in a News Chronicle head-line on Dec. 5 1942. and Lord Samuel referred to "this holocaust'" in a House of Lords speech on March 23, 1943.