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B: The Gas Chambers at Belzec and the Declarations of Gerstein


Birkenau (Auschwitz II) was not the only camp where there were gas chambers for the extermination of the Jews. The same installations existed, still in Poland, at Belzec, Treblinka, Sobibor and Maïdnek as well.

Let us consider the case of Belzec.

The declarations of Gerstein gave a good deal of anxiety to Rassinier who spent himself in mental gymnastics in an attempt to discredit them. His destructive passion is easily understood: it is a testimony of cardinal importance from an eye-witness of the gas chambers of Belzec, the functioning of which is described in detail; and it affords precious indications concerning those of Treblinka, Sobibor and Maïdanek.

This account is particularly important due to the fact that its author is not a chance spectator, but rather an SS officer specialized in the matter who was on official mission to SS-Gruppenführer Globocnik; and because this author told his staggering experience to trustworthy third parties as of the month of August 1942, in the middle of the war, far from the defeat, in complete liberty, spontaneously. It is this account that he was to set down in black and white in April 1945, still spontaneously, in conditions that we shall soon see; and it is an account which was to be authenticated by his confidants of 1942. (10, 45, 25 p. 283-290.)

That is what the "Gerstein report" is. Here, in a few words, is its history.

1. Kurt Gerstein and his report

Kurt Gerstein was an SS-Obersturmführer who belonged to the Medico technical Service of the Central Office of the SS Administration. On November 9, 1941, he was entrusted with the perfecting and the construction of establishments of the Waffen SS for disinfection and extermination of lice and which also included the sections of highly poisonous gases.
 

   
   

 
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