HOLOCAUST Handbooks Series, Vol. 11

Carlo Mattogno
The Bunkers
of

Auschwitz
Black Propaganda versus History

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Table of Contents

Introduction, p. 9

Part One: Reality 1. The Alleged Extermination of Jews at Auschwitz: Origins of the Decision and its Execution, p. 15

1.1. The Beginnings, p. 15
1.2. Danuta Czech’s Interpretation, p. 15
1.3. Jean-Claude Pressac’s Interpretation, p. 16
1.4. Debórah Dwork’s and Robert Jan van Pelt’s Interpretation, p. 17
1.5. Dating the Himmler-Höß Meeting, p. 18
1.6. Dating ‘Bunkers’ 1 and 2, p. 20
1.7. The Location of the Birkenau ‘Bunkers’, p. 21
2. The ‘Bunkers’ in the Planning of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp, p. 23 2.1. The Bureaucratic Procedure for the Construction of the Installations of Auschwitz-Birkenau, p. 23
2.2. Plans and Cost Estimates for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp (June 1941–July 1942), p. 28
3. The ‘Bunkers’ in the Construction of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp, p. 35 3.1. The Construction Reports of the Camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, p. 35
3.2. A Significant Example: House No. 44 / BW 36C, p. 36
3.3. The ‘Bunkers’ on the Birkenau Maps, p. 39
3.4. The Logistics of the ‘Bunkers’, p. 40 3.4.1. Water Supply, p. 41
3.4.2. Sewage, p. 41
3.4.3. Fencing and Watchtowers, p. 41
3.4.4. Installation of a Power Line, p. 42
3.4.5. Installation of Undressing Barracks for the Victims, p. 42
3.4.6. Transportation of Materials, p. 42
3.4.7. Laying of a Camp Railway, p. 43
3.4.8. Road Works, p. 43
3.4.9. Gastight Doors, p. 44
3.5. The So-called "Code Language", p. 44 3.5.1. "Baths for Special Actions", p. 44
3.5.2. "House for Special Measures", p. 45
3.5.3. "Barracks for Special Treatment", p. 45
3.6. Conclusion, p. 46

Part Two: Propaganda

4. The Origin of the Propaganda Story of the ‘Bunkers’ – Wartime Rumors, p. 51 4.1. The First Reports, p. 51
4.2. An Anonymous Report from the Secret Resistance Movement at Auschwitz, p. 58
4.3. The Reports from 1943, p. 60
4.4. The Report of the "Polish Major" (Jerzy Tabeau), p. 62
4.5. The Report of Alfred Wetzler, p. 65
4.6. Anonymous Reports from 1944, p. 66
4.7. Conclusions, p. 69
5. The Propaganda Is Consolidated: Postwar Testimonies, p. 71 5.1. Szlama Dragon’s Testimony, p. 71
5.2. Comparative and Critical Analysis of the Two Depositions of Szlama Dragon, p. 75
  5.2.1. Terminology, p. 75
5.2.2. ‘Bunker 1’, p. 76
5.2.3. ‘Bunker 2’, p. 78
5.2.4. Critical Analysis, p. 79
5.2.5. The Topographical Location of the ‘Bunkers’, p. 82
6. Literary Variations on the Propaganda, p. 85 6.1. Witnesses Who Stayed Behind at Auschwitz, p. 85
6.2. Witnesses Transferred Away from Auschwitz before the Liberation of the Camp, p. 87 6.2.1. David Olère, p. 88
6.2.2. Miklos Nyiszli, p. 92
6.2.3. Sigismund Bendel, p. 96
6.2.4. André Lettich, p. 97
6.2.5. Adolf Rögner, p. 101
6.2.6. Wilhelm Wohlfahrt, p. 103
6.3. Later Accounts, p. 105 6.3.1. Dov Paisikovic, p. 106
6.3.2. Franciszek Gulba, p. 110
6.3.3. Filip Müller, p. 113
6.3.4. Moshe Garbarz, p. 114
6.3.5. Milton Buki, p. 115
6.3.6. Maurice Benroubi, p. 119
6.4. The Latter-day Witnesses, p. 121 6.4.1. Josef Sackar, p. 122
6.4.2. Jaacov Gabai, p. 123
6.4.3. Eliezer Eisenschmidt, p. 124
6.4.4. Shaul Chasan, p. 125
6.4.5. Leon Cohen, p. 127
6.4.6. Szlama (Shlomo) and Abraham Dragon, p. 128
6.4.7. Shlomo Venezia, p. 130
6.5. The Contributions of the SS Witnesses, p. 131 6.5.1. Maximilian Grabner, p. 132
6.5.2. Hans Aumeier, p. 133
6.5.3. Rudolf Höß, p. 136
6.5.4. Pery Broad, p. 140
6.5.5. Friedrich Entress, p. 141
6.5.6. Hans Erich Mußfeldt, p. 142
6.5.7. Hans Stark, p. 144
6.5.8. Richard Böck, p. 145
6.5.9. Karl Höblinger, p. 148
6.5.10. Johann Paul Kremer, p. 149
6.5.11. Horst Fischer, p. 150
6.6. Conclusions, p. 152

Part Three: Propaganda Becomes Historical "Reality"
7. Making History Out of Propaganda, p. 157

7.1. The ‘Bunkers’ in Soviet Investigations (February – March 1945), p. 157
7.2. Location of the ‘Bunkers’, p. 158
7.3. The ‘Bunkers’ in Polish (May 1945 – November 1947) and German (1949 – 1965) Investigations, p. 161
7.4. Józefa Wiśinska’s Declaration on the Location of ‘Bunker 1’, p. 165
7.5. Wiśinska vs. Dragon: New Contradictions, p. 166
7.6. The Timetable of the Birkenau ‘Bunkers’, p. 167
8. The Development of the Official Historiography of the ‘Bunkers’, p. 169 8.1. Early Historiographical Attempts, p. 169
8.2. Jean-Claude Pressac’s Contribution, p. 172
8.3. Franciszek Piper’s Contribution, p. 174
8.4. R.J. van Pelt’s Contribution, p. 175
8.5. Marcello Pezzetti’s ‘Discovery’ of ‘Bunker 1’, p. 179
9. Material Proof, Aerial Photos, and Archeological Findings, p. 181 9.1. The Aerial Photographs of 1944, p. 181
9.2. The Architectural Design of ‘Bunker 2’ in Relation to its Alleged Homicidal Activity, p. 182
9.3. The "Undressing Barracks" of ‘Bunker 2’, p. 184
9.4. The "Cremation Pits" in the Area of ‘Bunker 2’, p. 185
9.5. The "Cremation Pits" of the ‘Bunkers’: Origins of the Propaganda Story, p. 186
10. Conclusion, p. 189
11. Appendix, p. 193
11.1. Documents, p. 193
11.2. Photographs, p. 202
11.3. Abbreviations, p. 231
11.4. Tables, p. 232
Bibliography, p. 255
Index of Names, p. 260

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HOLOCAUST Handbook Series, vol. 10:
Carlo Mattogno:
The Bunkers of Auschwitz. Black propaganda versus History
Translated by Henry Gardner
Chicago (Illinois): Theses & Dissertations Press,
Imprint of Castle Hill Publishers, December 2004
ISBN: 1-59148-009-4
ISSN: 1529-7748

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