Now let’s talk about “battleship Auschwitz” as David Irving (IMHO, the #1 Holocaust denier) called it. He came up with now in famous “battle cry” of Holocaust revisionists: “Sink the Battleship Auschwitz!“.
The idea behind this battle cry is as simple as it is fundamentally flawed: if Holocaust deniers could prove that (1) there were no homicidal gas chambers in Auschwitz; and (2) neither this camp nor its “sibling camp” Birkenau was an extermination camp but only a slave labor camp, the whole “orthodox” (“mainstream”, “official”) narrative of the Holocaust will sink like, well, a torpedoed battleship.
Unfortunately for David Irving (originally a highly competent historian who for some reason decided to transform himself into an anti-Semitic propaganda worker) and his “Kampfgenossen” (i.e. other Holocaust deniers), there is plenty of very much tangible evidence that proves beyond the reasonable doubt that (1) Auschwitz-Birkenau WAS an extermination camp – in addition to being a slave labor super-camp; and (2) it was designed and built for mass murder of thousands of Jews at a time in homicidal gas chambers.
And here is the evidence (that ruthlessly thinks not “battleship Auschwitz”, but he pathetic “warships” of Holocaust deniers). Let’s start with physical evidence that the “Holocaust revisionists” claim to worship.
First, the incineration capacity installed in Auschwitz was so enormous – five crematoria (each with several multi-muffle furnaces) plus open-pit cremation facilities (modeled no doubt after the ones in Operation Reinhard death camps – Sobibor, Treblinka and Belzec) that it could be used for but one purpose.
Cremating the bodies of tens of thousands (and ultimately millions) of bodies of Jews murdered inside the camp. This purpose becomes especially evident after the camp administration implemented ruthless sanitary measures that drastically reduced the number of victims of typhoid and other infectious diseases. Thus all but eliminating the risks of a murderous epidemic inside the camp.
And this capacity was immediately utilized – in the summer of 1944 when the SS almost openly exterminated hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews. Between 15 May and 9 July 1944, over 435,000 Jews were “evacuated” from Hungary – mostly to Auschwitz, where at least 80% were gassed on arrival.
The whole project was sufficiently well-documented to leave no doubt that hundreds of thousands of Jews had indeed been murdered in homicidal gas chambers and their bodies burned either in crematoria or in open cremation pits.
It appears that Himmler wanted to use these Jews as hostages in peace negotiations with the Allies, but the latter would have none of it (no surprise here as neither Stalin nor the Western Allies cared a rat’s ass about the Jews – ever). With devastating results for the Jewish population of Hungary.
Right before the “evacuation” of Hungarian Jews began (it was also called “resettlement” by the Nazis), the Allies received the Vrba–Wetzler report. It was dictated in April of 1944 by two Auschwitz escapees, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler. The report confirmed intelligence information (received by the British from the Polish Resistance) about the mass murder of Jews in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
There are several other reports about the mass murder of Jews in Auschwitz (collectively referred to as Auschwitz Protocols) – the Rosin-Mordowicz report, the “Polish Major’s report” and other reports.
Linguistic and factual analysis of these reports leave no doubt about their authenticity; in addition, the contents of these reports has been subsequently confirmed by testimonies of thousands of survivors.
As well as by testimonies of the defendants and witnesses in post-war “Auschwitz trials” of Nazi war criminals (trial of camp commander Rudolf Höss in Krakow, the 1947 trial of 41 of his colleagues/subordinates and a series of trials of camp staff members in Frankfurt in 1963-65).