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Posted Friday, September 13, 2002


From an online Q&A session with Dr. Efraim Zuroff (Director of Simon Wiesenthal Centrum in Jerusalem):

Questioner: Can you give us an approximate number of Jews who where killed by gassing. Why the number of killed Jews varies between 6 million (number which is product of post war de-nazification process in Germany) and ~ 600 000 (based on latest scientific works on Holocaust)? There has never been even the slightest conclusive proof for such a campaign of promiscuous slaughter on the part of Germany, and, in the meantime, all reliable evidence continues to suggest with increasing volume and impact that this genocide legend is a deliberate and brazen falsification. Therefore, why there isn't any hard evidence, what would confirm the existence of gas chambers for industrial extermination of people (Jews)? Were the natural physics and chemical laws applicable (in force) during the 1942-45?

Can you comment on the human Soap (RIF) story, which was brought up by individuals such as Simon Wiesenthal and Stephen Wise, organizations like the World Jewish Congress, and the victorious Allied powers, none of whom has ever apologized for promoting this vile falsehood. In April 1990, professor Yehuda Bauer of Israel's Hebrew University, regarded as a leading Holocaust historian, as well as Shmuel Krakowski, archives director of Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust center, confirmed that the human soap story is not true. Camp inmates "were prepared to believe any horror stories about their persecutors," Bauer said. Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history, similarly "rewrote history" when she confirmed in 1981: "The fact is that the Nazis never used the bodies of Jews, or for that matter anyone else, for the production of soap."

Dr. Efraim Zuroff: The Holocaust is the most-documented genocide in history and therefore your comments that there was no campaign of mass murder are outrageous and constitute Holocaust denial.

As far as your statement on the production of soap from Jewish victims, it is true that this apparently did not take place, but that in no way diminishes the extent and scope of the Nazis' genocidal campaign against the Jewish people.


Related items on this website:

pp Auschwitz index
pp Survival in the Death Camps
pp Dossier on death roll
pp Dr Fritjof Meyer (Der Spiegel) cuts the legends down to size, May 2002
* But see the German newsreel report on the Polish 1947 tribunal which spoke of "nearly 300,000 dead" from all causes in Auschwitz. Any figure from the former Kapo Smolen must be considered suspect: he was a former Communist official who himself first erected the monument to "four million" (later demolished) at the camp.

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