In the ongoing journey to examine the answer Holocaust Denial on Trial, or HDoT, provides to the question, how did they know what happened in Treblinka, Sobibor and Belzec, I will commence with an examination into Sobibor. To help me along the way I will enlist the guidance of Sobibór—Holocaust Propaganda and Reality, by Jürgen Graf, Thomas Kues and Carlo Mattogno.
As you’ll recall HDoT mentioned that various reports shaped their knowledge of what happened in the alleged death camps. In this official report it was admitted that they were unable to gather any details about the alleged gas chambers:
What about witness testimony? Miriam Novitch, a respected Holocaust historian, collected 25 statements from former detainees. These statements contradict the official narrative and defy reality:
I wonder what HDoT would have to say about these claims from these Holocaust survivors:
It is interesting to note that Moshe Bahir testified at the Eichmann trial.
HDoT doesn’t list any investigation prior to 2007. This could be due in part to the fact that they don’t want to explain how the alleged gas chambers were discovered in 1945, covered up in the 1960’s and then ‘discovered’ 2014. An interesting story that you can read about here. In fact, there is no mention at all about finding gas chambers.
HDoT is supposed to be debunking Holocaust denial here. No person that is actually interested in and knowledgeable about Holocaust revisionism is not going to change their mind after reading the pathetic paragraph from above. Why was there no investigation done prior to 2001? How big were the graves that Kola found and how many bodies were in them? What kind of artifacts and buildings did Haimi and his team find? Why can’t you link to their findings or at least give a better description than ‘a report’? Nothing in this paragraph, nor the whole article, tells the reader how they knew what happened. The only people that are going to be satisfied with this are people that want to believe in the narrative and need to be reassured.
Sobibór—Holocaust Propaganda and Reality, answers all these questions and also brings up questions that HDoT would rather not answer. From the flaws of Kola’s investigation to what Haimi really found (section 5.5). These answers do not lead us to the conclusions that the orthodox Holocaust historians claim.
As this is all too much material for one post so I will address the seven mass graves that Kola discovered. They do not support the claim that 167,000 people were murdered in Sobibor and Kola’s findings actually puts the official narrative in question.
As for the number of bodies contained in the mass graves the findings of Kola’s study are inconclusive as no attempt was made to quantify the amount of human bodies in the graves:
Some of the bodies found during the drilling of the graves were unincinerated. This goes against the claim that the Germans burned the bodies to hide their alleged crimes. The Germans in the Sobibor camp would have had a whole year to exhume and burn the hypothetical 80,000 bodies that were buried before being cremated, so why the graves with uncremated bodies? The following passage is from an orthodox Holocaust historian, Yitzhak Arad and confirms the claim that the bodies were burned:
When you’re not a orthodox Holocaust historian you do not have the constraint of your research needing to go along with the official narrative you are free to explore other options as is done here:
I am yet unconvinced that the orthodox Holocaust historians actually knew what was going on in Treblinka or Sobibor. Perhaps things will be different with Belzec.