Holocaust or Hoax?

The Arguments

by Jürgen Graf



"A unique mass murder"

In the book, Der Tod ist ein Meister aus Deutschland, which has also been turned into a film and is praised by the mass media, Lea Rosh and Eberhard Jaeckel write (1):

"The murder of the European Jews was unique. Never before had a state decided to kill as many as possible of a given group of human beings, including the old, women and children and infants, without any examination of each individual case, without exception, and translated this decision into action with state means, not only by killing the members of this group wherever they could be found, but transporting them to special killing installations, mostly over great distances. Mass murders have existed before, but not mass murders of this type."

Let us assume just for the moment that the National Socialists really succeeded in eliminating all the proof of this unique mass murder of an entire people; let's just examine the basic question: "Did the Germans really kill all the Jews who fell into their hands, including the 'old, the women, children, infants, without any examination of an individual cases'"?

The question is extraordinarily easy to answer. All you have to do is read the newspapers regularly, and exercise your brain.

A stroll through the "free press" of the world

Let us take a stroll through the media landscape of the "free world", starting with an article in Der Spiegel (no. 51/1992), with the title (Dann bin ich weg ueber Nacht), and which reads as follows:

- Rachel Naor, 20, whose grandfather survived the Nazi extermination camps" (why wasn't he "exterminated" in the "Nazi extermination camps"?);

- Ralph Giordano, who spent the whole war in freedom, with the knowledge of the Gestapo;

- Leo Baeck, who survived the war in the ghetto for the elderly at Theresienstadt;

- Yohanan Zarai, who survived the Nazi era in the Budapest Ghetto;

- Inge Deutschkron, who described her youth in Germany in an autobiography;

- Theodore Goldstein, 80, "whom the Nazis deported to the work camp at Wullheide".

Not one gassed Jew is mentioned by name in the article mentioned above. At the end of the article, Der Spiegel published an interview with the German Jewish leader Ignatz Bubis, a "Holocaust survivor" and successor to "Holocaust survivor" Heinz Schmul Galinski.

Now let's look at the favourite magazine of the German intelligentsia, Der Spiegel, issue of 4 September 1995, p. 152. This issue contains an interview with Jewish historian Joseph Rovan. Of Rovan personally, we learn that the Gestapo deported him to Dachau concentration camp as a resistance fighter. Of course, Rovan must have survived his incarceration, otherwise he wouldn't have been alive to give Der Spiegel an interview about it 50 years later. But we thought all the Jews who fell into the clutches of the Nazis were murdered; Rosh/Jaeckel and all the other great historians tell us so; they say that the Nazis decided to kill "as many members a given group of human beings as possible, without exception". Since Joseph Rovan was not only a Jew but a resistance fighter, his death must have been doubly certain, but he survived. A miracle!

Another miracle appears in the FAZ supplement of 27 April 1995. This is all about the Jewish resistance fighter Arno Lustiger, who is supposed to have been a "survivor of the concentration and extermination camps". Just which "extermination camp" he survived, is not revealed, but Lustiger obviously was not "exterminated" in any of them, otherwise he wouldn't have been able to entertain FAZ readers with a Jeremiad against anti-Semitism and pseudo-scientific revisionist rubbish in 1995.

The Nordwest-Zeitung in Oldenburg in Friesien on 13 April 1994 is also quite miraculous; this one has the following to say about Israel Gutman, the chief publisher of the Enzyklopaedie des Holocaust:

"Israel Gutman was in born in 1923, participated in the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, and was an inmate in the concentration camps of Majdanek, Auschwitz, Mauthausen, and Gunskirchen."

As a Jew and a participant in an anti-German uprising, Gutman was doubly doomed. He was sent to the "extermination camp" of Majdanek, but he was not "exterminated". He survived the largest concentration camp, in addition to two normal concentration camps.

As an explanation, there are only the following three possibilities:

1) the stupid Nazis, despite their best efforts, were unable to kill Gutman in four camps. In this case, one really cannot understand why they didn't lose the war the very first day;

2) we are looking at an inexplicable chain of miracles;

3) the Germans really didn't intend to kill Gutman at all, regardless of the fact that he was both a Jew and resistance fighter. They interned him on security grounds, or because they needed his labour, or both.

Which of the three possibilities is the truth? Let's look at a few well-known examples.

A few examples

The Frank family

This family's tragic fate seems to confirm the extermination theory. But only at first glance. In August 1944, Otto Frank, his wife Edith, and his daughters Ann and Margot, were arrest in Amsterdam, transferred to the "extermination camp" of Auschwitz, but they were not exterminated. Otto Frank survived. His wife died in January 1945 (2); we don't know the cause of death, but she cannot have been gassed, since the gassings had long since stopped by that time, according to the official version of history (3). Anne and Margot died during a typhus epidemic shortly before the end of the war in Bergen-Belsen, where they had been sent during the course of the evacuation from Auschwitz.

Simone Veil

According to the Centre de Documentation Juive, Simone Jacob, born on 13 July 1927 in Nice, was gassed at Auschwitz (4). This cannot be true, since this "gassing victim" later became the President of the European Parliament and French Minister of Health under the name of Simone Veil (as such she made a name for herself by legalizing the murder of children in their mother's womb). Her mother and sister also survived Auschwitz and died of typhus in Bergen-Belen, just like Anne and Margot Frank. Another tragedy, but not a deliberate policy of extermination, otherwise all three would have been murdered -- either in France or at Auschwitz at the very latest.

Primo Levi and Benedikt Kautsky

Although a Jew and a resistance fighter, Levi was not killed by the Germans after his arrest, but was sent for forced labour at Auschwitz and described his experiences there, after the war, in his book Ist das ein Mensch?

The Austrian Jew and left-wing socialist Benedikt Kautsky survived Dachau, Buchenwald, Auschwitz, and again Buchenwald between 1938 and 1945. After the war, he wrote his book Teufel und Verdammte, in which he said he never saw a gas chamber at Auschwitz. His eighty-year old mother died in December 1944 in Birkenau, after receiving medical care to the last.

Elie Wiesel

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, according to whom every Jew should feel "a healthy, virile hatred of everything German" (5), survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

Other survivors and prisoners of German concentration camps who have bcome famous include Ignatz Bubis, President of the Central Committee of German Jews, who was interned in a work camp in Poland, as well as his predecessor, the Auschwitz internee Heinz Schmul Galinski. Another "survivor" is the film producer Roman Polanski (Auschwitz). And the Nobel Prize winner for physics Georges Charpak (Dachau). And the Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal, according to his own claim a survivor of twelve camps. And the philosopher Jean Amery (Auschwitz). And the writer Jurek Becker (Neuengamme) and Samuel Pisar (Auschwitz). And the former Knesset President Dov Shilanski (Dachau). And Claude Vaillaint-Couturier, member of the Central Committee of the French Communist Party (Auschwitz). And the CDU politician Erik Blumenfeld (Auschwitz). And the rabbi Leo Baeck (Theresienstadt). And the former Polish Foreign Minister Jozef Cyrankiewicz (Auschwitz). And the satirist Ephraim Kishon ("Too many work camps: Hungarian, German, Russian"). And Leon Blum, Chief of the Popular Front government in pre-war France (Buchenwald). And Herschel Gruenspan, whose murder of a German diplomat led to the Night of Broken Glass; he spent the whole war in prison, and emigrated to Palestine after the war (6). And. And. And. And all the other "Holocaust survivors" who repeat the old refrain in their memoires: "And I alone am escaped alive to tell thee."

According to the film producer Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List), 50 years after the war, there are still 300,000 Jewish concentration camp inmates alive, 150,000 of whom are to be interviewed in the coming years befor the camera (7). How many of them were there in 1945? As Walter Sanning shows in his trail-blazing book The Dissolution of European Jewry, there cannot have been any more than 4.5 million Jews in all of German-controlled Europe at the time at which the genocide allegedly took place. Of these, it is recognized that nowhere near all were deported; the great majority of French, Italian, Rumanian and all Bulgarian Jews were never bothered.

The following therefore are the "facts":

- the Germans wished to exterminate "all Jews without exception";

- but in two to six "extermination camps", not all the Jews were exterminated; rather, those who could work were selected;

- in the rest of the four "death factories", there weren't any selections. There, the Germans exterminated all the Jews, except for a handful of "working Jews", thereby simultaneously exterminating innumerable healthy workers, although their own documents show how desperately they needed manpower;

- in several German-controlled countries, most of the Jews were never harmed;

- out of a maximum of 4.5 million "available" Jews, five to six million were murdered;

- 50 years after this unique genocide, in which five or six million Jews were exterminated, out of a total of only four and a half million available -- 300,000 survivors are still alive half a century later!

This is a chain of miracles the likes of which have never been seen! One of the many individual miracles of which this total miracle is composed, was reported by the Jewish humorist Ephraim Kishon; he reports (8):

"Look, I was just on my way to the extermination camp, but I was able to flee. It was a miracle!"

Elie Wiesel's miraculous escapes

Elie Wiesel and his father were immediately led to the flaming ditches of Auschwitz on the very evening of their arrival, ditches in which, as is remembered, Jewish children and adults were burned alive. They both escaped a fiery death in the following manner (9):

"Our column had only 15 steps left to go. I bit my lips, so that my father would not hear my teeth gnashing. Another 10 steps. Eight, seven. We marched together, as if behind the hearse at our own funeral. Only four steps to go. Three steps. It was now quite close, the ditch with its flames. I gathered all my remaining strength in order to jump out of line and throw myself against the barbed wire. Deep in my heart, I took my farewell from my father, from the whole world, and involuntarily formed words, which took the form of a murmur on my lips: Yitgadal veyitkadah chme rabah... His name be exalted and sanctified. My heart was nearly bursting. It was almost the moment. I stood before the face of the Death Angel. No. Two steps away from the ditch, they ordered us to turn around, and we were told to go into a barracks."

After which they voluntarily joined the retreating German columns instead of waiting for the arrival of the Russian liberators! But Elie and his father needed yet another miracle to save them (10):

"A murmur went through our ranks: a selection! The SS officers carried out this selection: the weak to the left, those who could walk easily, to the right. My father was sent to the left. I ran after him. An SS officer howled behind my back: 'Come back!' I hid among the others. Several SS men looked for me and caused so much confusion that many people were able to cross back over to the right, including my father and myself."

Again in Buchenwald Elie escaped death through a series of miracles (11):

"In Buchenwald, 10,000 people a day were sent to their deaths. I was always among the last hundred before the door. Then they stopped. Why?"

Yes, why? We would gladly like to know why, too. Why, indeed?

How Jewish Holocaust "survivors" cheated death

Otto Frank's second wife escaped the gas chamber in the following manner (12):

"Every inmate had to appear individually, and the SS women inspected the tattooed number with the data on their list... Before me in the line stood Loretta. When she was on the spot, she said, 'Madame Obersturmfuehrerin, we both do not belong here. We were brought here by mistake from another barracks.' The SS woman looked at her list. 'What is your number?' ' A/6894.' 'And mine is A/5271', I said. 'Really?'. The tip of the pencil ran smoothly over the list. We were almost sick from excitement as she searched the entire list for our number ... The doors of the automobile slammed shut, and the driver received the order to drive away. But we were brought into another barracks."

The Jewess Trudi Birger escaped the fiery death at Stutthof in this manner (13):

"In the meantime, I came so close to the ovens that I could see the faces of the Polish inmates, who were throwing living people into the fire. They grabbed the women wherever they could, and pushed them head first into the fire... And then, when I saw that I was next, I stiffened... And then -- I heard the voice, was it a dream?... The camp commandant stood there, a small man of about 45... He shouted: 'Get this girl out of here!' Instead of burning me like the other women, the Polish criminals laid me on the litter..."

Birger escaped not only fire, but also water (14):

"For some reason the German cook led the commando... Suddenly he shouted: 'The ship is too heavy. In the water with the Jews.'... The Polish and Lithuanian inmates began to move to carry out the order.. I lifted my hands in a dramatic gesture and cried as long as I could 'Hear, O Israel!'... Suddenly the German cook who was giving the orders, ordered them to stop... He ordered the Polish and Lithuanian inmates not to push any closer to the edge, and so none of the thirty women were pushed into the water."

Members of the Sonderkommando needed a lot more than just two or three miracles to survive, at least according to the Enzyklopaedie des Holocaust (15):

"The name Sonderkommando... was given to Jewish inmate units in the extermination camps, who had to work in the gas chambers and in the crematoria... The members were killed at intervals of a few months and replaced by new inmates."

This is confirmed by our old friend Dr. Miklos Nysiszli (16):

"The members of the Sonderkommandos could not leave the grounds of the crematorium. Every four months, when they had seen too much, they were liquidated."

Dr. Nysiszli, who arrived in Auschwitz in May 1944, as all readers of his classic know, was allowed to see everything, and yet was not personally "liquidated". The Jew Szloma Dragon and Milton Buki arrived in Auschwitz as early as December 1942 and were immediately assigned to the Sonderkommando, but they also experienced the liberation of the camp in January 1945. According to the above, they must have survived at least six liquidations by a miracle. But even more miraculous was the rescue of Filip Mueller. Since his epic yarn "Sonderbehandlung" is sub-titled "Three Years in the Gas Chamber", this means he survived nine liquidations (36 divided by 4 = 9)!

Many other Sonderkommando members were saved by similar miracles: Alter Szmul Fynzylberg alias Stanislaw Jankowski alias Kaskowiak alias Alter Feinsilber; Dov Paisikovic; Henryk Tauber; Abraham Dragon; Josef Sackar; Jacov Gabai; Shaul Chasan; Eliezer Eisenschmidt; Leon Cohen, etc. (17).

If, however, a member of the Sonderkommando failed to survive, however, he always found a way, prior to his untimely demise, to draw up a message for posterity, stuff it in a bottle, and bury it on the grounds of the camp, so that it could be discovered years later by a miracle -- such as that of the unknown Jewish author, who was fortunate enough to succeed in leaving us the following (18):

"A certain young Polish girl, naked in front of all those present who had taken their clothes off, gave a quite short but fiery speech in the gas chamber, in which she denounced the crimes and the oppression of the Nazis and concluded approximately as follows: 'We will not die now, our history will make our names eternal, our will and our spirit will live and bloom, the German people will pay more dearly for our blood than we can imagine... At this, the Poles knelt down on the floor and spoke a fiery prayer... With deep sincerity they repressed their last feeelings and their hope, as well as the belief in the future of their people. Then they sang the Internationale all together. During the singing, the Red Cross vehicle came up, the gas was thrown into the chamber, and all those present gave up the ghost among singing and extacy, dreaming of brotherhood and a better world... And then a little girl of five years stood up and undressed her one-year old brother. One of the commando approached to undress it. The girl shouted out loud: 'Away, you Jewish murderer! Lay not your hands spotted with the blood of Jews upon my beautiful little brother! I am his good little mother now, and he shall die in my arms... Hauptscharfuehrer Mohl divided the people into groups of four, one after the other in a straight line, and shot them all through with one bullet..."

What will future historians think of an age in which such nonsense is believed?

At Belzec, people needed more miracles to survive than at Auschwitz, since of 600,000 Jews delivered there, according to Kogon/Rueckerl/Langbein, only a single one survived the horror camp, a man named Rudolf Reder (19). As the Israeli researcher Yitzhak Arad tells us on p. 112 of his opus on the death factories (20), Reder had another Jewish comrade who also survived Belzec; on p. 264 of the same masterpiece, the two surviving Jews are fortunate enough to have increased to no less than five! As the only one of the (one to five) Jewish survivors, Reder left us a report. Although he was already over 60 years old when he arrived at Belzec, and though there were certainly younger Jews to choose from, he was selected as one of the working Jews. He lived a few months longer among the "pitiless monsters, who committed disgusting crimes with sadistic joy", but survived no fewer than eighty liquidation actions! This would even make Filip Mueller and Simon Wiesenthal blush with shame. One day, the "pitiless monsters" sent Reder out on a shopping trip with an SS man. The SS man went to sleep, and the lucky devil was able to escape! (21):

Young Jewish death candidates drove the Nazi butchers crazy with their gas-resistance (22):

"Yehuda Bacon was 15 years old when he was sent into the gas chamber. He survived the gas, however, and remembers that there were no holes in the shower heads, but rather, only small indentations, to look like holes."

A Mega-Miracle was reported in 1993 in Canada (23):

"As an 11 year old boy held captive at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during WW II, Mosche Peer was sent to the gas chamber at least six times. Each he survived, watching with horror as many of the women and children gassed with him collapsed and died. To this day, Peer doesn't know how he was able to survive. 'Maybe children resist better, I don't know', he said in an interview last week."

We don't know why, either. Not only was little Mosche gas-tight, his whole family was, too, or at least according to the same Canadian newspaper:

"Peer and his sisters, WHO ALL SURVIVED, were cared for by two camp women. After the war, Peer was reunited with HIS FATHER AND HIS WIFE in Paris."

Non-gas resistant Jews escaped extermination through escape from Nazi Germany to Bavaria (24):

"Victor Klemperer, in these years of oppression (i.e., the war years), wrote a whole book on linguistic customs, with the title "Lingua Tertii Imperii"... After the destruction of Dresden, in which all his property was burnt, he could flee his persecutors and settled with his wife just in time TO BAVARIA."

People as tough as that can survive anything. The Welt am Sonntag reported the following miracle on 6 March 1977 (25):

"Precisely 32 years ago, Ilona Sugar was released from a German concentration camp, a seriously ill woman. Sadistic NS doctors had had carried out a medical experiment on her. They transplanted her heart to the right, and her liver to the left -- without anaesthetic! This is called vivisection. Until today, Mrs. Sugar has never received a single penny from Germany."

In view of this unique series of miracles, one might well be grateful to the Juedische Rundschau Maccabi, Basel, for the following revelation, contained in the edition of 11 November 1993:

"Every Jewish person may learn from our survivors and live with the knowledge that the Jewish people are not subject to the restrictions of the laws of nature."


1) Lea Rosh/Eberhard Jaeckel, Der Tod ist ein Meister aus Deutschland, Hoffman und Campe, 1991, p. 11.

2) Enzyklopaedie des Holocaust, p. 473.

3) The last gassing in Auschwitz is allegedly "probably" to have happened on 1 November 1944, according to the Kalendarium of Danuta Czech, p. 921.

4) Thion, p. 328.

5) Elie Wiesel, Legends of our Time, New York, 1968, p. 177.

6) Ingrid Weckert, Feuerzeichen, p. 252/253.

7) Tageszeitung, Berlin, 30 March 1995.

8) Schweizer Illustrierte, 13 April 1992.

9) Elie Wiesel, La Nuit, p. 59/60.

10) ibid, p. 151.

11) Time, 18 March 1985, p. 79.

12) Eva Schloss, Evas Geschichte, Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1991, p. 112/113.

13) Trudi Birger, Im Angesicht des Feuers, Piper, 1990, p. 126/127.

14) ibid, p. 149/150.

15) Enzyklopaedie des Holocaust, p. 1337.

16) Miklos Nzyiszli, Im Jenseits der Menschichkeit, Dietz, 1994, p. 24.

17) See, in this regard, our book Auschwitz: Taetergestaendnisse... as well as Gideon Greif, Wir weinten traenenlos.

18) Hefte von Auschwitz, Sonderheft 1, "Handschriften von Mitgliedern des Sonderkommandos", Verlag Staatl. Museum Auschwitz, 1972, p. 115 ff.

19) Kogon/Langbein/Rueckerl p. 183.

20) Yitzhak Arad, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, The Operation Reinhard Death Camps, University Press, Bloomington, 1987.

21) Reders book, which appeared in 1946 in Krakow, was summarized by Carlo Mattogno in Il Rapporto Gerstein. In a large work on Belzec planned for 1998, Mattogno will publish the entire text of Reders book in Italian translation.

22) VPRO, Holland/Belgium, April 1991.

23) The Gazette, Montreal, 5 August 1993.

24) "Ein erschuetterndes Dokument", Das Goetheanum, Wochenschrift fuer Anthroposophie, no. 7, 19 May 1996, p. 84.

25) Quoted according to certified engineer Wolfgang Froehlich, "Details zum Gaskammerschwindel", available from W. Froehlich, Mauerbachstr. 37/13,A-1140 Vienna.

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