In part one I discussed how the photographs presented by the Holocaust Denial on Trial (HDoT) and orthodox Holocaust historians are not in themselves evidence of the alleged homicidal gas chambers in Treblinka. Today I will address the eyewitness testimony presented by HDoT.
The first eyewitness HDoT mentions is Jankiel Wiernik.
I have previously written a dramatization of Wiernik’s supposed experiences in Treblinka to illustrate how his story and the whole Treblinka narrative are absurd. About these alleged experiences Wiernik wrote a now hard to find book called, A Year in Treblinka, which is touted as the first eyewitness report of Treblinka. Here is an example of one of the absurd claims in Wiernik’s book:
“Work was begun to cremate the dead. It turned out that bodies of women burned more easily than those of men. Accordingly, the bodies of women were used for kindling the fires. Since cremation was hard work, rivalry set in between the labor details as to which of them would be able to cremate the largest number of bodies. Bulletin boards were rigged up and daily scores were recorded. Nevertheless, the results were very poor. The corpses were soaked in gasoline. This entailed considerable expense and the results were inadequate; the male corpses simply would not burn. Whenever an airplane was sighted overhead, all work was stopped, the corpses were covered with foliage as camouflage against aerial observation.”
“Then I heard a shot; in the same instant I felt a sharp pain in my left shoulder. I turned around and saw a guard from the Treblinka Penal Camp. He again aimed his pistol at me. I knew something about firearms and I noticed that the weapon had jammed. I took advantage of this and deliberately slowed down. I pulled the ax from my belt. My pursuer – a Ukrainian guard – ran up to me yelling in Ukrainian: “Stop or I’ll shoot!” I came up close to him and struck him with my axe across the left side of his chest. He collapsed at my feet with a vile path. I was free and ran into the woods. After penetrating a little deeper into the thicket, I sat down among the bushes. From the distance I heard a lot of shooting. Believe it or not, the bullet had not really hurt me. It had gone through all of my clothing and stopped at my shoulder, leaving a mark. I was alone. At last, I was able to rest.”
Yes, you’re reading that right. Wiernik claimed that the bodies of women could be used as kindling, that you can stop the process of cremation at a moments notice and that a bullet hit him but it only left a mark. Not only that, he also claims that the Jewish prisoners made a game out of burning the corpses of their fellow Jews. Really? That seems kind of anti-Semitic to say Jews would be so callous and morbid.
For more absurd Wiernik claims I encourage you to read the dramatization I mentioned earlier.
The second paragraph from above states that Wiernik’s description of Treblinka matched photographs that were later released. Just because Wiernik correctly identified some buildings that doesn’t mean he isn’t mistaken or lying about their purpose. This is what Holocaust affirmers do. They take an existing building and say that it was being used for something besides its intended purpose.
Next HDoT brings up some testimony from Chil Rajchman aka Henryk Reichman.
Carlo Mattogno and Jürgen Graf’s book, Treblinka—Extermination Camp or Transit Camp?, also has some testimony from Rajchman aka Reichman.
According to Rajchman aka Reichman, there were five to six grates for the burning of bodies that could each accommodate 2,500 bodies at a time. Per witness Szyja Warszawski the grates measured 10 by 4 meters. This means that in order to fit 2,500 bodies they would need to be piled 16 meters high. That’s almost five stories! Not only is this logisitaly improbable, the sheer weight would have caused the rails to cave in during the cremation process.
Rajchman aka Reichman also claimed that the pits for burying the bodies (before they were dug up and burned) were 50 by 30 meters and several stories deep. Not only is this in conflict with other witness testimony, but also with the findings of Sturdy Colls. Sturdy Colls, by the way, did not do any actual digging, so her study was inconclusive and did not discover the remains of 900,000 Jews. For more information on her study click here.
In conclusion HDoT has not presented the reliable witness testimony needed to substantiate the claims that there were homicidal gas chambers in Treblinka. The three pieces of evidence, photographs and Wiernik’s model of the camp, mentioned in HDoT’s conclusion only persuasively prove that buildings existed in Treblinka. There is nothing about this ‘evidence’ that proves the buildings functioned as homicidal gas chambers.
But we’re not finished yet! Notice how HDoT didn’t mention any physical evidence for the existence of homicidal gas chambers in Belzec or Sobibor? This must and will be addressed. Read part three for more.