The idea for today’s article was sent to me from a Poa.st user. Unfortunately Poa.st has been compromised and I deleted my account. If the person who sent me the hilarious tweet thread about Rudolf Vrba gassing himself is reading this: thank you.
The hilarious tweet thread in question was authored by George Mack. Mack is a guy with a website. Good for him.
Today I will be critically analyzing Mack’s story about Rudolf Vrba, something that most of the other readers did not do, judging by the comments. I mean, who needs to question a story about Nazis being evil and Jews being heroic victims? Doubting the narratives a victor of war puts out about its former enemy is just plain stupid!
This tweet thread presents a great opportunity to examine mainstream conceptions of the Holocaust. Mack begins by repeating the Holocaust cliché that when the Jews went into the camps, their names were replaced by numbers. I had a conversation with Bill, my robot assistant, about this. At first he tried to tell me that their tattooed numbers were used during roll calls. I asked him for his source on that and he changed his tune saying, “I apologize for the confusion caused by my previous responses. I misspoke in stating that the numbers were used during roll calls. That was incorrect. In roll calls, prisoners were typically identified by their names, not numbers. The primary use of the identification numbers was in the camp records and administrative documentation. The numbers were used for various bureaucratic purposes, including maintaining prisoner files, recording arrivals and departures, and for internal camp logistics.” (ChatGPT info has been fact checked.) At least Bill can admit when he’s wrong. As for names being replaced with numbers, that is misleading. The numbers were used for administrative purposes. But saying that doesn’t make for good “Nazis are evil” storytelling.
Next there is this amazing story that Vrba lost his virginity to a woman that was gassed the very next day. What are the odds?!?
Mack then claims that Nazis hid what they were doing from everyone, because if their plan was known, the Jews would not have gotten onto the trains. The problem is that there were rumors abound about homicidal gas chambers. In this interview, a Holocaust survivor says that everyone told her not to eat before going into the “showers” because it was “hard to die” with a full stomach. They knew they were going to the gas chambers. However this woman “miraculously” received an actual shower instead of a gassing and that is how she lived to tell her tale.
The matter of the Nazis hiding the alleged murders from everyone is a complex issue out of the scope of this article and will be addressed in the future. In the meantime, consider this excerpt from Carlo Mattogno’s book, The Central Construction Office of the Waffen-SS and Police Auschwitz—Organization, Responsibilities, Activities:
“The civilian firms did their assigned work using civilian workers who lived in the grounds of Auschwitz in a community camp. There were also voluntary Italian civilian workers who lived in a camp near the Auschwitz railway station. The civilian workers worked in such close contact with the inmates that the Central Construction Office was compelled to make all the private firms sign a declaration that civilian workers would not infringe the disciplinary standards of the camp in their relations with inmates” (page 55).
There were over 46 private firms and over 1000 civilian employees in the Auschwitz/Birkenau camps. They were in close contact with the inmates of the camp. Some of these inmates went on to testify that they knew that others were being gassed. If we go with the premise of the official narrative, it would have been a major security breach to allow the inmates any contact with outside civilians. If the Nazis were really trying to hide murderous activities, they would not have allowed for such a breach.
Vrba had a unique job. He allegedly lied to his fellow Jews to help the Nazis exterminate them.
But Vrba had justification for being the accessory to the murder of his own people. He would escape and tell everyone what was happening. This way hopefully people would be saved from being murdered and that would make up for all the murders he had enabled. If he wasn’t able to escape then all the assistance with the murdering would have been for nothing.
Vrba and Alfred Wetzler teamed up and plotted escape. The SS guards would issue a three-day manhunt if they came up missing, and if they were found they’d be hung in front of the rest of the camp.
So they decided to hide under blocks of wood for three days.
In the Nazi universe, even the dogs are employed to torment the Jew. Vrba and Wetzler had to devise a way to escape the nose of the evil dogs. To do this, they soaked themselves in gasoline and tobacco. Genius!
Unfortunately, Vrba’s “genius idea” wouldn’t work so well in the real world. According to Bill, attempting to mask one’s scent with gasoline and tobacco is not an effective strategy. Human scent is persistent and can still be detected by animals with a keen sense of smell. Dogs have the ability to discriminate between different odors and focus on the scent they are trained to detect. Gasoline and tobacco odors are distinct and can be differentiated from human scent by well-trained dogs. Additionally, while certain materials can absorb odors, these odors are unlikely to completely mask a person’s natural scent. Trying to apply gasoline or tobacco directly to the body can be harmful and raise suspicions. Unusual odors may alert search dogs, security personnel, or others trained to identify suspicious scents. Remember that last sentence when going on to the next section.
The dynamic duo were almost caught! The SS guards started taking the wood pile apart that Vrba and Wetzler were hiding in! But instead of dismantling the whole pile to investigate the smell of gasoline and tobacco, the SS men stopped halfway through for no reason at all. What a lucky break!
What happens next in this exciting story? Read part two to find out!
But before I go, let’s look at a comment on Mack’s tweet thread that jumped out at me. Kingluis here has just read a story that would be mocked for unbelievability if it weren’t about the Holocaust. After doing so, he remarks how he can’t believe people deny that the Holocaust existed. He fails to realize that stories like this are one of the reasons people question the official Holocaust narrative. Kingluis’ reaction brilliantly illustrates the power that comes from having a monopoly in the media and academia. Kingluis unquestioningly believes this fanciful story that was presented to him and feels smug about it. I can’t fault him too much—he has been conditioned to have this reaction. I just hope that one day Kingluis and others like him can keep their thinking caps on when presented with Holocaust stories.