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Part I
The Existence of Gas Chambers


Our knowledge concerning the gas chambers is based on three sources of information: 1) the archives of the Nazi administrations; 2) the statements of particularly qualified members of the SS and 3) the numerous declarations of former prisoners of camps such as Auschwitz Belzec or Treblinka. Naturally, the part of personal accounts in this information is considerable. Among them, a particular attention must be accorded to those given before the end of the war or during the first years of the post war period, when memories were still keen and precise and when the absurdity of the fable of the Jewish plot to obtain German reparations is obvious. At that time, neither the State of Israel nor the Federal Republic of Germany, the two parties to the future agreements (1), had yet come into existence. However, an exception to this rule must be made for what concerns the "evidence" of Thies Christophersen. This is not because the document is especially serious or convincing, but rather because the author is the sole "witness" among the apologists of Nazism who even so knew the camp of Auschwitz a little and, above all, because the exploitation of his story for the last five years has become the immutable rule for all of the other neo Nazi polemists. This account dates from 1973, or twenty eight years after the war.

A: The Gas Chambers at Auschwitz

It is perhaps not useless for the clarity of this exposé to briefly recall the essential part of our current knowledge on the subject of the gas chambers at Auschwitz and which is denied as a whole. The camp of Auschwitz was originally and for the first two years of its existence (May 1940 spring 1942) a camp which resembled many
 
   
   

 
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