The Diminishing Numbers of
Alleged Dead in Auschwitz
Source: Cited by the French documentary, Night and Fog,
which has been shown to millions of school students worldwide.
Source: The French War Crime Research Office, Doc. 31, 1945.
Source: Also cited by the French War Crime Research Office.
Source: Cited in the book Auschwitz Doctor by
Miklos Nyiszli. It has since been proven that this book is a fraud and the
"doctor" was never even at Auschwitz, even though the book is often cited
5,000,000 to 5,500,000
Source: Cited in 1945 at the trial of Auschwitz commander
Rudolf Höss, based on his confession which was written in English, a
language he never spoke.
Source: Cited on April 20, 1978 by the French daily, Le
Monde. Also cited on January 23, 1995 by the German daily Die Welt.
By September 1, 1989, Le Monde reduced the figure to 1,433,000.
Source: In 1945 this figure was cited by another witness
at the aforementioned Höss trial.
Source: Cited by a Soviet document of May 6, 1945 and
officially acknowledged by the Nuremberg War Crimes trial. This figure was
also reported in The New York Times on April 18, 1945, although 50
years later on January 26, 1995, The New York Times and The Washington Post slashed the figure to 1,500,000 citing new
findings by the Auschwitz Museum officials. In fact, the figure of
4,000,000 was later repudiated by the Auschwitz museum officials in 1990
but the figure of 1,500,000 victims was not formally announced
by Polish President Lech Walesa until five years after the Auschwitz
historians had first announced their discovery.
Source: Cited in the 1991 edition of the Dictionary of the
French Language and by Claude Lanzmann in 1980 in his introduction to
Filip Muller's book, Three Years in an Auschwitz Gas Chamber.
Source: Cited in a forced confession by Rudolf Höss, the
Auschwitz commander who said this was the number of those who had died at
Auschwitz prior to Dec. 1, 1943. Later cited in the June 7, 1993 issue of
Heritage, the most widely read Jewish newspaper in California, even though
three years previously the authorities at the Auschwitz museum had scaled
down the figure to a minimum of 1,100,000 and a maximum of 1,500,000. (see
Source: Cited by Rudolf Vrba (an author of various fraudulent
accounts of events he claims to have witnessed at Auschwitz) when he testified on July 16, 1981 for the Israeli
government's war crimes trial of former SS official Adolf Eichmann.
Source: Cited by Leon Poliakov (1951) writing in Harvest of Hate;
Georges Wellers, writing in 1973 in The Yellow Star at the Time of
Vichy; and Lucy Dawidowicz, writing in 1975 in The War Against the Jews.
2,000,000 to 4,000,000
Source: Cited by Yehuda Bauer in 1982 in
his book, A History of the Holocaust. However, by 1989 Bauer
revised his figure to 1,600,000.
Source: This is a 1989 revision by Yehuda Bauer of his earlier
figure in 1982 of 2,000,000 to 4,000,000,
Bauer cited this new figure on September 22, 1989 in The Jerusalem Post,
at which time he wrote "The larger figures have been dismissed for years,
except that it hasn't reached the public yet."
Source: In 1995 this was the number of
Auschwitz deaths announced by Polish President Lech Walesa as determined
by those at the Auschwitz museum. This number was inscribed on
the monument at the Auschwitz camp at that time, thereby "replacing" the
earlier 4,000,000 figure that had been formally repudiated (and withdrawn
from the monument) five years earlier in 1990. At that time, on July 17,
1990 The Washington Times reprinted a brief article from The London
Daily Telegraph citing the "new" figure of 1,500,000 that had been
determined by the authorities at the Auschwitz museum. This new figure was
reported two years later in a UPI report published in the New York Post
on March 26, 1992. On January 26, 1995 both The Washington Post and
The New York Times cited this 1,500,000 figure as the new
"official" figure (citing the Auschwitz Museum authorities).
Source: This is a 1983 figure cited by Georges
Wellers who (as noted previously) had determined, writing in 1973, that
some 2,000,000 had died.
Source: This figure was cited on September 1, 1989 by the
French daily, Le Monde, which earlier, on April 20, 1978, had cited
the figure at 4,000,000.
Source: In the book, The Destruction of the European Jews, by Raul Hilberg (1985).
1,100,000 to 1,500,000
Source: Sources for this estimate are Yisrael
Gutman and Michael Berenbaum in their 1984 book, Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp.
This estimate was later also cited by Walter Reich, former
director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, writing in The
Washington Post on September 8, 1998. The upper figure of 1,500,000
is (the new) "official" figure as now inscribed at Auschwitz, with the
earlier figure of 4,000,000 having been removed from the memorial at the
site of the former concentration camp.
Source: Jean-Claude Pressac, writing in his 1989 book Auschwitz:
Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers. This is interesting
since he wrote his book to repudiate so-called "Holocaust deniers" who
were called that precisely because they had questioned the numbers of
those who had died at Auschwitz.
Source: Reported on August 3, 1990 11, by Aufbau, a
Jewish newspaper in New York.
800,000 to 900,000
Source: Reported by Gerald Reitlinger in his book, The
775,000 to 800,000
Source: Jean-Claude Pressac's revised figure, put forth in
his 1993 book, The Crematoria of Auschwitz: The Mass Murder's
Machinery, scaling down his earlier claim of 1,000,000 dead.
630,000 to 710,000
Source: In 1994 Pressac scaled his figure down somewhat
further; this is the figure cited in the German language translation of
Pressac's 1993 book originally published in French. Again, this is
substantially less than Pressac's 1989 figure of 1,000,000.
130,000 to 150,000
Source: This is an estimate based on the "Auschwitz death books" together with other records held by the International Red Cross. The death books themselves are wartime German concentration camp records, which were captured by the Soviets towards the end of the war, and hidden in Soviet achieves, until released to the Red Cross in 1989.
The death books consist of 46 volumes which document each death at Auschwitz (each death certificate consists of the deceased person's full name, profession and religion, date and place of birth, pre-Auschwitz residence, parents' names, time of death, and cause of death as determined by a camp physician). The records for the most important years, 1942 and 1943, are almost complete (there are also a few volumes for the year 1941, but none for the year 1944 or January 1945 (when Auschwitz was evacuated)).
The Auschwitz death books contain the death certificates of some 69,000 individuals, of whom about 38,000 were Jews. You may view various entries in the Auschwitz Death Books by clicking on the following links to the Auschwitz museum (although the process for obtaining information has been deliberately made opaque and I was personally was unable to obtain any information at all):
About the Auschwitz Death Books
Searching the Auschwitz Death Books
Using all records available to the International Red Cross it has been estimated that, in total, somewhere between 130,000 and 150,000 people died at Auschwitz.
Using all available wartime records from the various camps it has been estimated that between 400,000 and 500,000 people died in the German concentration camp system (from all causes).
Why no cover-up?
We are told that the Germans transported millions of Jews, often for hundreds of miles, to Auschwitz, and other death camps in Poland. The transportation of so many, required thousands of individual train journeys, and tied up valuable rail resources, that were desperately needed to transport troops and munitions to supply the war effort. Why would people just interested in killing Jews do this? Why risk losing the war to kill Jews. Win the war first, kill the Jews second.
So why were the Jews not killed were they where?
We are told that the Germans transported the Jews, these hundreds of miles, in order to hide their crimes. At Auschwitz, they could cremate the bodies and leave no evidence of genocide. According to the holocaust legend, the Germans were willing to waste hundreds of thousands of tons of coal to cremate the bodies of these millions of Jews. This was coal that would otherwise have been been available for use in the gasification plant at Auschwitz III (Monowitz) for the production of gasoline, at a time when Germany was running desperately short of gasoline. As crazy as this sounds, we are told that the Germans were willing to lose the war, as long as they killed Jews.
So the Germans went to great expense to cover-up their killing of the Jews.
We are told that in order to cover-up, the Jews were transported hundreds of miles and mountains of coal were used to cremate their bodies. All this, to hide any evidence of genocide.
Now, if the Germans went to such lengths to cover-up, then:
Why did the Germans not destroy the concentration camp records?
For example, the Auschwitz death books were not destroyed, but found by the Soviets at Auschwitz, when they took control of the camp at the end of January 1945. Neither were the volumes that recorded deaths at the other concentration camps destroyed. In fact, they provide the truth about what happened at these camps.
Why did the Germans not make the concentration camps "just disappear"?
It would have been a simple task to torch the mainly wooden buildings and truck away the brick and stone that remained. In fact, if the Germans were guilty of genocide, they would have killed every last witness, every last prisoner, and had every camp totally obliterated, leaving only ashes.
We are meant to believe that the Germans went to huge expense to transport the Jews to Auschwitz where the killings could be covered up, but then later, forgot to shred the camp records and somehow forgot to remove the main evidence of wrong-doing, the prisoners of the camps, and the camps themselves.
With no starving prisoners, with no corpses from the epidemics that killed thousands, there would have been no atrocity photos to "prove" genocide in the eyes of the world. With no victims, no crime scene, very few witnesses, and tens of millions already missing due to the fighting, those killed would have been lost in the fog of war. It would have been difficult to establish those killed were not killed elsewhere, or just displaced, let alone that they had been killed in an act of genocide.
But with the photos from Bergen-Belsen (where no one any longer claims there were even gas chambers) the press was able to fraudulently "prove" mass killings and genocide. When it was conclusively established that there were no mass killings at Bergen-Belsen, the focus moved to Auschwitz, and other camps in the Soviet block, were verification of the various claims was impossible.
War crimes of the United States worse than those of the Germans.
It should be mentioned that the internment of the Jews, was little different than the internment of the Japanese and other foreign nationals by the United States (the United States interned foreign nationals before the Germans interned the Jews). In fact, the Germans did not carpet bomb entire cities of civilians, or drop nuclear weapons on cities, they did not use the lethal nerve gases Sarin and Tabun that they had developed before the war, so from a German perspective, what they had done was less evil than what the United States itself had done.
In summary, the Germans made no attempt to cover-up their crimes, for the simple reason that they did not believe that they had committed any crime that necessitated a cover-up.
Some entries from the Auschwitz death books.
According to the holocaust legend, Jewish prisoners who arrived at Auschwitz between the spring of 1942 and the fall of 1944, and who were not able to work, were immediately put to death and that no records were kept of such deaths (even though all other deaths where recorded in detail).
German journalist and researcher Wolfgang Kempkens, obtained copies of some 800 of the death certificates from sources in Poland and Russia. Reproductions of 30 of these certificates appeared in the article "Pages From The Auschwitz Death Registry Volumes" by Mark Weber, Journal of Historical Review vol 12 p 265.
We provide the following selection from the 30, to show that the old and weak appear among the death certificates of the Auschwitz death books, proving that the claim that "all who were not able to work, were immediately put to death" is false.
Josef Hoffmann, a Jewish butcher, was 89 years old when he died of "old age" on June 22, 1942.
Abraham Stieber, a Jewish salesman from Slovakia, was 79 years old when he died on July 2, 1942, of "old age."
Chaim Richter, a Jewish salesman, was 81 years old when he died in Auschwitz on March 1, 1942, of "weakness of old age."
Josephine Kohn, a Jewish inmate born in Hungary who had been living in Leipzig, was 69 years old when she died on February 10, 1943. Auschwitz camp physician Dr. Kitt reported "weakness of old age" as the cause of death.
Emil Kaufmann, a Jewish attorney deported from Germany, was 78 years old when he died of "old age" on February 15, 1943. "Weakness of old age" is given as the cause of death.
Julius Sonnenberg, a salesman from Germany, was 65 years old when he died on February 27, 1943, of "angina pectoris." His religion is cited as "non-believing, formerly Jewish."
Abraham Blok, a Jewish butcher from the Netherlands, was 70 years old when he died of "old age" on March 6, 1943.
Jettchen Fuld, a Jewish inmate, was 67 years old when she died on October 10, 1942. Old age and physical weakness is given as the cause of death.
Salomon Serlui, a Jewish laborer from the Netherlands, was 67 years old when he died in Auschwitz on October 16, 1942. Camp physician Dr. Kremer reported a stomach ulcer as the cause of death.
Renö Hirschfeld, a Jewish tailor born in Berlin in 1878, was 64 years old when he died on November 2, 1942. Camp physician Dr. Kitt reported "weakness of old age" as the cause of death.
Armin Horn, a Jewish salesman deported to the camp from Slovakia, died on August 19, 1942, at the age of 70. Camp physician Dr. Thilo recorded the cause of death as "accumulation of fluid in the intestine and weakness of old age."
This Auschwitz camp death certificate reports that prisoner Josef Buck, a Jewish teacher from Kattowitz, was 65 years old when he died on August 1, 1941. "Weakness of old age" is given as the cause of death.
Josek [sic] Nisenkorn, a Jewish laborer, was 71 years old when he died in Auschwitz on August 11, 1941. "Weakness of old age" is given as the cause of death by camp physician Dr. Siegfried Schwela, who himself later died of typhus.
Samuel Mandel, a Jewish tailor, was 74 years old when he died in Auschwitz on March 26, 1942. Physician Dr. Entress reported the cause of death as "influenza with heart failure."
Ernestine Hochfelder, a Jewish inmate who had been deported to the camp from Slovakia, was 70 years old when she died in Auschwitz on June 4, 1942. "Physical weakness and old age" is cited as the cause of death.
David Reichman, a Jewish farmer, was 70 years old when he died on July 22, 1942, of "old age."
This selection has been chosen to illustrate that the old and weak where not "immediately gassed" as is often claimed, and to point out that according to the death records, many died of old age.
Death records like the above explain why it is so difficult to extract any information from the above links to the Auschwitz museum.
The above mentioned, ever declining numbers of alleged dead at Auschwitz, are graphically illustrated by the following pictures from the camp.
The first is the plaque that was on display at the Auschwitz camp from 1948 until 1989 (note the "4 million" victims).
The second is the plaque currently on display at Auschwitz.
Note the dramatically reduced number of victims, now only 1.5 million.
A casual reduction in the number of deaths by some 2.5 million.
Deaths at Auschwitz drop by a whopping 2.5 million, but 6,000,000 dead Jews, remains the same.