Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides

Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides

by Thomas Dalton

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Overview

For the past few decades there has been raging a kind of subterranean debate, one of monumental importance. It is a debate about the Holocaust – not whether or not it "happened" (this is a meaningless claim), but rather, how it happened, through what means, and to what extent. On the one hand we have the traditional, orthodox view: the six million Jewish casualties, the gas chambers, the cremation ovens and mass graves. On the other hand there is a small, renegade band of writers and researchers who refuse to accept large parts of this story. These revisionists, as they call themselves, present counter-evidence and ask tough questions. Among the issues they raise are these:


  1. There is no trace of a 'Hitler order' to exterminate the Jews;
  2. key witnesses have either falsified or greatly exaggerated important aspects of their stories;
  3. major death camps – Belzec, Chelmno, Sobibor, and Treblinka – have all but vanished;
  4. we find little evidence of disturbed earth for mass graves;
  5. we find few remains of the millions of alleged victims – neither bones nor ash;
  6. mass-gassing with Zyklon-B would be nearly impossible without ventilators and ceiling holes;
  7. mass-gassing with diesel engine exhaust is practically impossible, given the low level of carbon monoxide;
  8. wartime air photos of Auschwitz show none of the alleged mass-burnings or cremations;
  9. the '6 million' number has no basis in fact, and actually traces back decades before the war;
  10. trends in Jewish world population strongly suggest less than 6 million lost; and
  11. the present number of "survivors" – currently over 1 million – implies few wartime deaths.


The revisionists arrive at a different account. Hitler, they say, wanted to expel the Jews, not kill them. The ghettos and concentration camps served primarily for ethnic cleansing and forced labor, not mass murder. The Zyklon gas chambers did in fact exist, but were used for delousing and sanitary purposes. And most important, the Jewish death toll was much lower than commonly assumed – on the order of 500,000.

In this book, for the FIRST TIME EVER, the reader can now judge for himself. Arguments and counter-arguments for both sides are presented, and all relevant facts are laid out in a clear and concise manner. The entire debate is presented in a scholarly and non-polemical fashion. Citations are marked, and facts are checked. READ, and JUDGE FOR YOURSELF.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591482345
Publisher: Castle Hill Services
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Series: Holocaust Handbooks , #32
Edition description: 4th ed.
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 127,082
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Author’s Preface to the Second Edition

Introduction

PART I: SITUATING THE HOLOCAUST DEBATE


Chapter 1: The Great Debate

The Core of Revisionism

Four Myths

Who’s Who in the Debate

And in the Other Corner…

Chapter 2: Truth vs. Lies

The Traditional Story

“Shocking and Strange”

A Question of Evidence

The Nuremberg Trials

Chapter 3: On the Origin, and Future, of the ‘Six Million’

Holocaust by Numbers

A Most Remarkable History

The Saga Continues

Revisionist Death Figures

World Jewish Population

Another Theory

Chapter 4: Breaking it Down: The Death Matrix

The Hilberg Matrix

Coming into Focus

Life (and Death) in the Ghettos

The Einsatzgruppen

PART II: DEATH CAMPS IN FOCUS

Chapter 5: Chelmno and the Nazi Camp System

The Language of Mass Murder

The Missing Hitler Order

Gas Chambers Galore

Death Camp Chelmno

Further Issues

Disposing of the Bodies

A Chelmno Death Matrix

Traditionalist Replies

Chapter 6: The Reinhardt Camps (Part 1): Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka

Orthodoxy and Estimated Fatalities

Camp Structure and Maps

The Death Matrices

Chapter 7: The Reinhardt Camps (Part 2): The Diesel Story

Electrocution, Steam, Diesels, Chlorine…

The Diesel Story

Gerstein, Reder, and the Diesel Exhaust

More Problems with Gerstein

More Problems with Reder

Traditionalist Reply

Chapter 8: The Reinhardt Camps (Part 3): The Vanishing Bodies

Disposing of the Evidence

Burying the Bodies

Exhuming and Burning

Traditionalist Replies

Excavations (I)—Belzec

Excavations (II)—Sobibor

Excavations (III)—Treblinka

A Better Account…

Closing the Camps, Tracking the Deportees

The End of the Line

Chapter 9: Majdanek

The Death Matrix

The Seven Chambers of Majdanek

Chapter 10: Auschwitz

The Essentials of the Auschwitz Story—The Main Camp

Birkenau—Alleged Extermination Camp

Estimated Fatalities

The Death Matrix

Death Matrix (I): The Gas Chambers

Star Witnesses

Gassing Capacity and ‘Actual’ Usage

The Mechanics of Gassing

No Holes?

“Fixing a Hole…”

The Leuchter Report

Death Matrix (II): Body Disposal

Furnaces and Capacity

The Hungarian Operation

Air Photo Evidence

A Revisionist Auschwitz

PART III: THE FUTURE OF THE DEBATE

Chapter 11: “Storytellers Supreme”

The Problem of the Witnesses

Elie and Viktor

From Bad to Worse

Moving Ahead: A Revisionist Holocaust

Chapter 12: Hoax? Fraud? Conspiracy?

A ‘Jewish Conspiracy’?

Covering All the Bases

Media Dominance

Dominance in Government

Exploiting the Holocaust

A New World Order

Epilogue

Bibliography

General Index

Customer Reviews