The Self-assisted Holocaust Hoax
By Friedrich P. Berg
On The Learning Channel on American television, some recent programs have described in graphic detail the horrible execution of one prisoner, David Lawson, who had refused to help his executioners. Lawson was executed on June 15, 1994 in Raleigh, North Carolina. In one of the last executions by gas, Lawson repeatedly held his breath for as long as possible and took only short breaths in between. By some accounts, the prisoner was also feebleminded. Perhaps for that reason he did something else which was unusual; he appealed to his executioners and to the witnesses during his execution. Again and again, as he was taking his short breaths, he cried out "I am human!" At first his cry was clearly audible but as the minutes went by he became less and less understandable and finally, more than ten minutes into the execution, there was just a mutter. He was dead only after eighteen minutes. The witnesses to the execution were horrified. The warden of the prison who had also supervised the execution was so shaken that he resigned. Because of this execution fiasco, executions with poison gas have been generally abandoned in the USA and replaced with lethal injections.
It is now clear to the experts, especially those still waiting on death rows, that a quick and painless execution by gas requires the cooperation of the intended victim. Prisoners about to be gassed were usually encouraged to inhale deeply as soon as the cyanide was released in order to make their deaths come easily. However, if an intended victim was uncooperative, the execution could easily become a fiasco. By simply refusing to take the deep breaths needed to quickly ingest a lethal dose of cyanide, the agony--even under the most ideal conditions--could last for more than eighteen minutes.
Various U.S. publications prove that execution times between 10 to 14 minutes are more a rule rather than an exception.[3-5] Regarding the quantity of poison used, the article on the gas chamber in Raleigh (North Carolina) reports that some 454 g of KCN were put into half-concentrated sulfuric acid, which leads to an instantaneous development of the gas, which is even visible for the spectators outside the chamber for a brief moment and which reaches the victim within seconds. 454 g KCN result in some 180 g of HCN, which corresponds to 150 liters of gas, of which roughly 50% remain dissolved in the aqueous solution of sulfuric acid. The remaining 75 liters of HCN gas develop right underneath the victim in North Carolina's gas chamber. Hence, the victims is quickly engulfed by high concentrations of HCN, probably at the beginning as high as 10 vol.-%, although this high percentage decreases as the gas dissipates throughout the chamber.
Assuming a normal breathing volume of the victim (15 to 20 liters of air per minute) and an average HCN concentration the victim is exposed to of only 0.75 vol.-%, the victim would have inhaled some 1.35 to 1.8 grams of HCN within 10 minutes (150-200 ltrs of inhaled air). This is ten to twenty times the lethal doe for an average human, which lies at around 1 mg HCN per kg of body weight. Hence, a fast and certain death of all victims within 15 minutes obviously requires a ten-fold overdoes of the poison.
An execution procedure using the most modern execution chamber technology with a lethal gas concentration that should have killed in only a few seconds was thwarted by at least one intended victim simply holding his breath. An execution procedure which should have been painless and quick had proved to be so impractical that it had been fought legally by its opponents for years and is now generally abandoned. An execution procedure which dispersed an extremely lethal concentration of cyanide within seconds and which theoretically should have killed within a few additional seconds, nonetheless took eighteen minutes to kill a single, feebleminded victim.
It should now be obvious that the Jewish Holocaust claims of mass gassings with Zyklon B and CO are rubbish. The sketchy and error-riddled bits of evidence for those claims show that Nazi gassing methods were primitive at best. Rather than dispersing a lethal concentration in seconds, those methods could have only dispersed marginally lethal concentrations after many minutes.
Most of the Holocaust executions, more than three million, were supposedly inflicted with Diesel exhaust. If the Diesels had been running at idle, even at fast idle, the exhaust would not have been lethal at all regardless of how long the exposure was; the exhaust would have contained less than 0.1% CO and about 18% oxygen. But, even with the engines operating under heavy loads, which in itself is only possible with the attachment of cumbersome equipment to the engines, the exhaust would have only been marginally lethal; the exhaust would have contained less than 0.4% CO and more than 6% oxygen.
For the alleged gassings with cyanide at Auschwitz and possibly Majdanek, but nowhere else according to the Holocaust story, the cyanide supposedly arose from granules of Zyklon-B dumped either on the heads or among the feet of the intended victims or into perforated columns. For any of those scenarios, the cyanide would have arisen from the granules slowly; that was after all the whole purpose of Zyklon-B: to release a measured quantity of cyanide slowly. Under normal conditions a layer of Zyklon-B 1/2 to 1 centimeter thick would have required half-an-hour to release half of its cyanide. The presence of a tightly packed crowd of intended victims or screening would have slowed the process even more. Although many might have died within the execution times that are claimed, many others would have survived--and that would have been a fiasco. What would the executioners have done with the survivors--return them to barracks where they could describe what happened or send them back in for a second gassing? After separating the obvious survivors from the dead, how would the executioners identify and dispose of those who were merely groggy or unconscious or feigning death? The answer is that any realistic mass gassing arrangement would have had to kill everyone. Otherwise, one would have had the same emotional strain on the executioners that supposedly led to mass gassings in the first place as an alternative to mass shootings.
The American experience with simple gas executions under ideal conditions proves that mass gassings of Jews would only have been possible if the Jewish victims--not just some of the Jews, but all-- had assisted in their own mass executions; that is too unbelievable. The self-assisted Holocaust story is a hoax indeed.
Updated version as published in German in Vierteljahreshefte für freie Geschichtsforschung, 1(1) (1997), pp. 6-8.