Mobile gas van are a lesser known aspect of the Holocaust. In their article about gas vans Holocaust Denial on Trial, or HDoT repeats the claim that people were locked in the back of a truck and poisoned with carbon monoxide or suffocated due to lack of oxygen.
It’s interesting to note that what kind of engine was used is missing from this description. Perhaps it is because they were diesel and unlike the exhaust from regular gas, diesel gas is less toxic. The following is from HDoT’s own site, “The diesel combustion process is more efficient that the gasoline combustion process. When the diesel engine is properly tuned, it produces less toxic exhaust and gets better gas mileage than a gasoline engine. Gasoline engine exhaust contains between 7 percent and 12 percent carbon monoxide, which is deadly to human beings. “
What’s even more interesting is that HDoT references the book The Gas Vans—A Critical Investigation, by Santiago Alvarez. They reference this revisionist book not to refute its content, rather to bolster their claim. Since Alvarez’s book is good enough for HDoT to take their information from they shouldn’t mind me using it to show the impossibility of their own claims.
From Alvarez’s book, the same one that HDoT cited, we are shown why the engines in the alleged death vans would have been diesel. Alvarez also points out that, somehow, a gas van was never captured by the Soviets, nor were any traces of one found:
The following is a picture of a van that HDoT displays on their article. It is not a picture of a gas van, just a regular van.
Now let’s examine two major problems with the gas van story. First, the issue of pumping exhaust into an air tight compartment and then we will get back to the diesel exhaust toxicity issue.
If you’ll recall, HDoT claimed that the compartments were airtight:
From Alvarez’s book we can see the problems with pumping exhaust into an airtight/hermetically sealed box. One of two things would happen. The gassing compartment would burst from internal pressure, or the engine would stall because it would no longer be able to expel its exhaust into the pressurized compartment.
You may be thinking that maybe the engine didn’t run long enough during the gassings to produce either one of those outcomes. This is where the toxicity of diesel exhaust comes into play.
To illustrate the ineffectualness of killing with diesel exhaust Alvarez brings up a British study in which it took over three hours to kill various small animals (RIP little guys).
When confronting Holocaust claims you must remember it’s not about If it could have happened, but DID it happen the way they say it happened. Does it make sense that the Germans would waste so much time and fuel during a war to murder Jews in such an inefficient way? Now it should be apparent why the fabled gas vans have been kept out of the limelight.