This is a bizarre article which seems to try to prove the gassings at Auschwitz Birkenau did not exist by referring to former Auschwitz prisoners who survived the horrors of Auschwitz. My favourite Wear quote has to be this:
“In addition to numerous Jewish survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau I have met…”
If I remember correctly, Mr Wear claimed to have met…ONE person on a cruise he made as a teenager. Perhaps he might like to clarify that statement by telling us the names of all those Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors he has actually met.
This article will discuss some of these Jewish survivors and other eyewitnesses who prove that genocide did not take place at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
So let’s get this right. Mr Wear will use eyewitness testimony from former prisoners and staff to prove the gassings did NOT happen. Let us see where this goes.
Famous Jewish Survivors Of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Ok…let us first do a little background to Auschwitz. Auschwitz was a very large complex consisting of 3 separate camps: Auschwitz main camp, Birkenau and Monowitz. It also comprised a multitude of small sub camps. Prisoners in one camp would never come into contact with prisoners in another until possible the last days of the camp in January 1945. The extermination centre of the complex was in Birkenau, but at the very ends of the camp, out of the way. The main gas chambers at Birkenau came on line in 1943, but smaller scale gassings took place at Bunkers 1 and 2 in 1942. The Final Solution was cancelled by Himmler around October/November 1944. With these facts in mind, let us now look at Mr Wear’s treatment of eyewitnesses who survived the massive industrial and agricultural complex that was known as Auschwitz.
She and her father arrived at Auschwitz around October 1944. They arrived at a time when the main gassings had been called to a halt. Deaths at the camp were still commonplace but not through gassing.
The story of Anne Frank and her father do not disprove the homicidal gassing at Birkenau.
He and his father were deemed fit to work and were used as part of the labour pool. They never set foot anywhere near the gas chamber complex. They decided to leave Auschwitz in January 1945 because the fear of death if they stayed behind was far greater than the dangers they might fear if they left.
The story of Elie Wiesel and his father do not disprove the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
He arrived at Auschwitz and stayed there no more than 2 days before being shipped out again to a different labour camp. His book, Man’s Search For Meaning, is a study of how man survives in the adversity of the camp system. It is not about any specific camp, and in his book the narrative jumps from one camp to another in a random fashion. Frankl never set foot anywhere near the gas chamber complex.
The story of Viktor Frankl does not disprove the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
He was extremely lucky and was one of the very few children to escape the gas chamber. He, of course never set foot anywhere near a gas chamber.
The story of Thomas Buergenthal does not disprove the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
If 87 in 2017, he would have been about 14 years old in 1944 and not 10. At aged 14, Marks could have passed as being eligible for work and so would not have gone to the gas chamber. Many boys of a similar age who did not look old enough to work were gassed. Marks was lucky. Bernard Marks never set foot near a gas chamber.
The story of Bernard Marks does not disprove the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
A man in a video on Facebook
The story of a man in a video on Facebook does not disprove the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
Jacek Nadolny, Zofia Wareluk, Elzbieta Sobczynska, Henryk Duszyk, Danuta Bogdaniuk-Bogucka, Janina Reklajtis and Barbara Doniecka.
All either kept alive because they were of interest to Josef Mengele or they entered the camp after October 1944.
Their stories do not disprove the gas chambers at Birkenau.
At this point, a slight divergence:
The survival of young children at Auschwitz-Birkenau is not surprising since Auschwitz-Birkenau served as a transit camp for detainees unfit for work.
Mr Wear fails to tell us a transit camp to where exactly? Where did all those Jews that were deemed “unfit for work” actually go to when they were supposed to have left Auschwitz “transit camp”?
Perhaps one day, Mr Wear will tell us.
SS-Hauptsturmführer Theodor Dannecker wrote (in 1942)
…that children were to be sent to the gas chambers at Treblinka, Sobibor, Chelmno, Belzec, where they were gassed on arrival.
So to continue….
Maria Van Herwaarden
Being a non Jew, she never went anywhere near the gas chambers. She therefore never saw any gassing. The Nazis were not handing out tickets for front seats to watch the murders committed in the gas chambers. It was top secret.
The story of Maria Van Herwaarden does not disprove the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
Joseph G. Burg
Never set foot in Auschwitz or any of the camps attached to it during the war. As such,he is an eyewitness to NOTHING. He is, however a Holocaust denier.
Joseph G. Burg does not disprove the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
Is a Holocaust Denier who did not actually work in any of the main camps at Auschwitz. He worked in a sub camp outside. He visited Birkenau…ONCE. There is no reason why he should have been anywhere near the gas chambers if he only went to Birkenau to pick workers. He certainly admits to knowing of rumours of gassings.
The story of Thies Christophersen does not disprove the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
Many other members of the SS who were involved directly with the gassings do prove the existence of homicidal gas chambers.
Dr. Wilhelm Stäglich
Is a Holocaust Denier who visited Auschwitz main camp on several occasions. He never set foot in Birkenau during the war.
The story of Dr. Wilhelm Stäglich does not disprove the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
Is another of the survivors of Auschwitz who never went anywhere near the gas chambers. She ended up in the horrors of Bergen-Belsen.
The story of Violette Fintz does not disprove the homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
The fact that there were survivors at Auschwitz and other concentration camps at the end of the war does not disprove homicidal gas chambers at Birkenau.
As Robert Jan Van Pelt states in his book, “The Case for Auschwitz”:
“…serious historians [who] are taught to avoid the fallacy of negative proof – which means that a factual proposition (for example; “Auschwitz was not an extermination camp”) cannot be proven merely by negative evidence (“…because Mr Staglich and Mr Christophersen (Et al) did not see the killings taking place”).”
Seems about right to me.