The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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above all, a very important amount of information concerning the camp of Auschwitz. Among the latter, that relating to the gas chambers interests us essentially. This autobiography contains all of the essential elements of the previous declarations made on this subject by Hoess to the English, and those of the account and the declarations of Broad: the fitting out of the "experimental" gas chambers at Auschwitz I (24, p. 222), the fitting out of the abandoned farms in Birkenau as "bunkers" (24, pp. 174, 229), the construction of four "modern" and perfected plants at Birkenau (24, pp. 235, 240, 245), their characteristics, their functioning on "Zyklon B," the "selections" of the victims (24, pp. 178, 233, 237), the work of the "Sonderkommandos," etc. Written entirely from memory, this autobiography contains certain obvious and inevitable errors; and, of course, there is some information which is not to be found in the account of Broad and vice versa. That is a supplementary proof of the absence of all connivence [sic] between the two men. In fact, the contrary would be highly suspicious, particularly when one of the men was a simple SS-Unterscharführer responsible for a single bureau, even such an important one as the "Political Section," and the other was an SS-Obersturmbannführer, commandant and creator of the largest Nazi concentrationary complex.

It remains to be added that it seems probable that the statements made by Broad in 1945 were equally unknown to the Supreme Tribunal of Warsaw, and thus to Hoess at the time of his detention in Poland and his trial. As for the statements of Broad in 1947, they were made several months after the trial and execution of Hoess.

Finally, much later, at the time of the trials of Auschwitz, for example, that of Frankfurt in 1963-65, eight former members of the SS examined as witnesses recognized having seen with their own eyes the gas chambers at Birkenau in operation. (These witnesses were R. Böck, G. Hess, K. Höblinger, Dr. K. Morgen, H. Stroch, F. Hofmann and Dr. G. Wiebeck). None of the defendants denied their existence, but only his personal participation in their use (29).

But the Neo-Nazi propagandists, from Paul Rassinier to those of the present day, still repeat one after the other that the statements of Hoess concerning the gas chambers are false or absurd and without value. It is claimed that their content was obtained by horrible tortures to which the unfortunate person would have been subjected. No one ever mentions Pery Broad, who confirms the statements of Hoess in their entirety, and whose memoir of 1945 had already been made public in 1947 at the time of the trial of the German industrialists by the American Military Tribunal, in 1949 at the Assize Court of Frankfurt and in 1963 65 at the time of the trial of Auschwitz. As to the tortures to which Hoess was submitted, there is no serious indication concerning them. It is to present that tough old SS, that "glorious" representative of the elite of the "race of Lords," a man of unshakable courage, as a cowardly individual who had collapsed under the ordeal and was ready to betray the regime to which he had sworn eternal fidelity with neither breach nor compromise.
    
   

 
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