Holocaust or Hoax?

The Arguments

by Jürgen Graf



Several authors, principally Martin Gilbert, Walter Lacqueur, and Jean-Claude Favez, have occupied themselves with the question of what the Allies, the Vatican, and the Red Cross knew about the fate of the Jews during the war (1). Their thick books puzzle endlessly about why no one lifted a finger to rescue the Jews. It is said to be unthinkable that no one in Washington, London and Moscow, in the Vatican, or in Geneva, knew what was going on at Auschwitz and the other extermination camps. In view of this fact, the American David Wyman openly expresses the suspicion that they deliberately acquiesced in the extermination of the Jews (2). For this reason, the German translator of the work gave it the title Das unverwunschte Volk [The Unwanted People].

From 1942, innumerable rumours were current about the Jewish extermination in Jewish or Jewish-controlled newspapers (3). But the atrocity stories about steam chambers, gas chambers, gas vans, quicklime vans, underground electrical execution installations etc. were no more taken seriously by the Allied governments than by the International Red Cross or the Vatican. Even in August 1943 -- when, according to the official version of history, millions of Jews had already been gassed -- the US Secretary of State Cordell Hull asked the US Ambassador in Moscow by telegram to delete any mention of the gas chambers from the draft of a joint-Allied declaration on "German Crimes in Poland", since there was no proof of their existence (4).

In his richly documented book Auschwitz und die Allierten (Martin Gilbert states (5):

"The names and the geographical location of the extermination camps of Chelmno, Treblinka, Sobibor, and Belzec were known in the Allied countries by the summer of 1942 at the latest. On the other hand, the secret of the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau remained hidden from the first week of May 1942, when they were put into operation, until the third week of June of 1944."

As we noted earlier, there were extraordinarily large numbers of transfers from Auschwitz to other camps, as well as releases -- even in early summer 1944, when the extermination of the Jews is supposed to have reached its climax. Every single one of these transferred or released inmates -- tens of thousands of civilian workers in total -- would have been eyewitnesses to the most systematic and brutal extermination of human beings that the world ever saw, if the Holocaust story were true.

According to drawings based on ground and air photos by John Ball (see Fig. XII), the alleged chief extermination locations -- Krema II of Birkenau -- was surrounded only by a barbed wire fence. This means that the entire camp would have witnessed the daily killing procedure: the introduction of the Zyklon granules through the holes in the roof of morgue I (holes which in reality did not then exist). Right next to Krema III -- the allegedly second largest murder installation -- was a football field, where the inmates regularly played football (6) (no. 15 in Fig. III).

News of the mass murders in the gas chambers would have spread across Europe like wildfire. The Allied capitals would have known all about it within weeks. The Allies would have dropped millions of leaflets over Germany to inform the German people of the crimes of its government. But nothing of the kind occurred.

The Auschwitz camp complex was repeatedly photographed by the Allies from the air, beginning in late 1943. If air reconnaissance photography had revealed proof of any mass extermination, American bombers would have destroyed the only rail connection which still existed between Hungary and Auschwitz in the early summer of 1943, thus preventing the extermination of the Hungarian Jews in Auschwitz. So why didn't they?

Martin Gilbert and Walter Lacqueur come to the following conclusion in their weighty tomes:

- the mass murders in Auschwitz couldn't have remained secret for long;

- the Allies, the Vatican, and the International Red Cross said nothing about mass murders in Auschwitz and never lifted a finger to rescue the Jews from the gas chambers;

- ergo, the Allies, the Vatican, and the International Red Cross were guilty of complicity in mass murder.

There is another conclusion, and it is the only one which is logical. It has been best expressed by the American revisionist author Arthur Butz (7):

"I see no elephant in my cellar. If there were an elephant in my cellar, I would certainly see him. Therefore, there is no elephant in my cellar."


1) Martin Gilbert, Auschwitz und die Allierten (C.H. Beck, 1982); Walter Lacqueur, Was niemand wissen wolltte (Ullstein, 1982); Jean-Claude Favez, Das IKRK und das Dritte Reich (Verlag NZZ, 1989).

2) David Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews. America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945, New York, 1984.

3) In his book The Hoax of the Twentieth Century, Arthur Butz quotes numerous corresponding reports from the New York Times.

4) Lacqueur, p. 237.

5) Gilbert, p. 44

6) Hefte von Auschwitz, State Museum Auschwitz, no. 15 (1975).

7) Arthur Butz, "Context and Perspectives in the Holocaust Controversy", J.H.R., Winter 1982.

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