Ste. Marie, Ontario, January 18, 1985
evidence of Holocaust missing
(CP) - No scientific reports prove Jews were exterminated
in Nazi gas chambers, a Holocaust scholar conceded
Thursday at the trial of Ernst Zundel.
numerous historical documents show that Jews were killed
during the Second World War, said Raul Hilberg, a
University of Vermont political science
though German war documents contain no mention of killing
Jews, euphemisms for such death such as 'resettlement'
and 'special treatment' were used so commonly that
Heinrich Himmler, head of the Gestapo, requested
substitute phrases, Hilberg added.
who has spent 36 years studying the Holocaust and the
subsequent Nuremberg trials of war criminals, testified
earlier for the Crown that five million <sic> Jews
were killed during the war.
46, a West German citizen living in Toronto, is charged
with two counts of publishing statements that are known
to be false and likely to cause injury or mischief to the
public interest of maintaining social and religious
Two of his
publications--one called Did
Six Million Really Die?--postulate
that the Holocaust was a hoax to vilify Germans and exact
compensation payments from them.
give me one scientific report that shows the existence of
gas chambers anywhere in Nazi-occupied territory?"
defence counsel Doug Christie asked Hilberg in a
day-long rapid fire of cross-examination.
"I am at a
loss," Hilberg replied.
(at a loss) because you can't," Christie said.
witness countered that there are aerial photographs of
concentration camps, examples of ruined or reconstructed
gas chambers, German industrial documents describing the
lethal nature of various gases and filters for gas masks
were found at the camps.
agreed with Christie there are no autopsy reports
indicating even a single person died from exposure to
poisonous gas in chambers.
uncovered, however, a written request by a German
scientist for some human subjects he wanted to kill by
gassing in order to cut off their heads for anatomical
of thousands of [Nazi] documents, people were
'resettled' or 'the Jewish problem was solved' but the
word killing was used only for dogs, not in reference to
annihilation of Jews," Hilberg said.
quoted from his book The Destruction of European
Jews a message to Himmler from a Nazi
official named Greiser stating that the
"special treatment" of 100,000 Jews at a concentration
camp would be complete in two to three months. Greiser
then asked permission to have 35,000 tubercular Poles
transferred to the camp for special treatment so they
wouldn't infect Germans.
Christie questioned Hilberg's interpretation of the last
request, an exasperated Hilberg replied: "This was not a
balding, heavy-set man, took extensive notes from the
prisoner's box during the day.
told the district court jury of eight men and two women
that Zundel's published account of some details of the
Nuremberg war trials, which lasted from 1946 to 1949, was
exhaustive research has not uncovered any evidence to
support Zundel's supposition that Nazi officials were
tortured to exact untrue statements implicating German
war criminals, he said.
introduced numerous accounts by German officers and a
report by two American judges sent to investigate
allegations of torture of German prisoners
to back Zundel's claim that in one case, 139 prisoners
were flogged until they bled and their genitals were