Holocaust Denial on Trial, or HDot, assures us that mass graves exist and I have no doubt of that. What is in doubt is if these mass graves prove that the Germans were committing genocide during WW2.
HDoT starts by presenting an out of context quote from Carlo Mattogno, an outdated claim from Germar Rudolf and another out of context quote from Jürgen Graf.
Here are HDoT’s notes:
HDoT probably doesn’t want you to actually look at Mattogno’s book, Treblinka—Extermination Camp or Transit Camp?, because he makes some very compelling points against the claim that 2,200,000 Jews and non-Jews were shot by the Einsatzgruppen alone.
Rudolf did not misrepresent the article he sourced (a reprint of the article is below) so you would think an unbiased person would criticize the the source rather than the person using the source. Germar has since taken new information into account and updated his article. You can find this updated version in Dissecting the Holocaust—The Growing Critique of ‘Truth’ and ‘Memory’ on pages 15-60.
Here you can see the full context of Graf’s quote. As you can see it was the conclusion of a point he had been building up to. He is saying that material evidence of a mass murder of Jews in the alleged numbers is totally nonexistent. Obviously he wasn’t hinging this statement on one incident. Is HDoT being dense or malicious? Either way, misrepresentations like this are unacceptable.
The best part about this whole thing is that the grave HDoT is referring to here actually doesn’t prove anything. The findings were inconclusive as admitted in the following statement by Algimantas Merkevicius, the man who performed the archeological dig: “Yes, I excavated mass graves in Marijampole in 1996. The purpose was to find an exact place of the graves. The supposed burial place was empty and I found the mass graves about 100 m outside of this supposed territory. People were killed and buried in a big ditch. But after finding the exact place, my work was over. I don’t know how much people were killed and how big the mass grave territory.” I have previously covered the alleged Marijampole mass grave in the second half of this article. I encourage you to check it out.
Now that I’ve set the record straight let’s get into it. Starting with the first sentence here, “There are thousands of mass graves throughout Lithuania, Latvia, the Ukraine, Crimea and other areas of the Soviet territories.“. Here are questions that need to be asked when an orthodox Holocaust historian tells you there is a mass grave. 1. Was an archeological investigation done? 2. If so, how many bodies were found? 3. Were they even Jewish? 4. If so, were they civilians or enemies of war? Only after all of these questions are answered can we then determine whether or not the grave is evidence of a genocide.
The link provided in note 6 is out of date, but I was able to find the correct one. Note 7 is the same website. I clicked on a random murder site from the page and got the following. None of the questions I posed earlier are answered. This leads me to believe that no attempt was made to look for the bodies. The only evidence this site provides is the testimony from two people and a Soviet report. We are supposed to listen and believe. I encourage you to check out the information provided about murder sites and see if any of the important questions are answered.
In the third paragraph we find get some answers. The claim is that no less than 20,000 bodies were found in multiple mass graves outside of Zhitomir. Read part two for my investigation into the Zhitomir mass graves claim.