Holocaust Denial on Trial, or HDoT, assures us that we can trust the report of former SS officer, Kurt Gerstein, even though it is contradictory and absurd.
HDoT admits that the Gerstein Report did have errors and offers the excuse that Gerstein’s errors mainly came from the words of others. They do not refute Carlo Mattogno’s claim that there are 103 errors in total. HDoT also doesn’t explain why it is okay to cherry-pick a report with over 100 errors for details that support a preconceived outcome.
HDoT is willing to address 5 of the 103 errors. Let us take a look at each response one at a time.
First up is the inconsistency between reports about the size of the alleged gas chambers in Belzec. HDoT states that this could be due to someone else’s mistake or to the fact that room sizes are hard to guess. They then go on to say it is not a significant issue. Why did HDoT choose to address the issue if it is not significant? Because it would be easy to discount? Sure, this inconsistency on its own wouldn’t be significant. However, it is only one of 103 issues with the report.
Next we have the fact that Gerstein’s report is out of line with the official narrative. Gerstein visited Treblinka on August 19, 1942 and described seeing 8 gas chambers. Problem is there were supposedly 3 at that time. The building that Gerstein was describing hadn’t been built yet. HdoT chaulks this up to the fact that Gerstein must have seen the plans for the bigger facility and gotten confused. HDoT states, “Whatever the reason for Gerstein’s mix up, it does not negate his otherwise consistent description of the overall gassing process.” A document that has 103 internal and external contradictions, falsifications, errors of fact, exaggerations, and unrealistic statements is trustworthy because some of it is consistent? Reading HDoT’s articles has shown me that it is possible to be consistently wrong.
Here we have Gerstein claiming that 700-800 people were forced into a room that was 82 square feet. Although Gerstein estimated that half the alleged victims were children it still seems like a lot of people in that small of a space.
How big is 82 square feet? Let’s use themeasureofthings.com to help us visualize.
HDoT says that Gerstein’s claim is possible, referring to an experiment done by Charles Provan as proof. Provan was able to fit 3 adults, 4 children and one infant into a 21 by 21 inch box. I will step over the fact that there were more children than adults because it doesn’t matter. This experiment doesn’t matter to the point where I won’t even argue about the results. Provan’s participants were willing and cooperative. Try the experiment with 700-800 unwilling and uncooperative people that believe they are going to be murdered and then get back to me. Like I have said before, it’s not about if the Holocaust could have happened. The question is did it happen. Just because an experiment shows something is possible in theory doesn’t mean it happened in reality.
One more point. The Jews first arriving to the camps were not half-starved as HDoT and Provan assert. Mass starvation in the camps did not occur until the Allies started bombing food supplies.
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