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historians, writes that "one further deduces (from these two works, G.W.) that the Führer was in Lublin two days before, August 15 (one apparently shrinks before nothing in the factories for the manufacture of historical forgeries!) with Himmler and they gave the order to "accelerate all the action." This visit appears to Rassinier an obvious "historical forgery" and, by the ambiguous construction of his sentence, his reader is led to impute it to Gerstein or to the two historians. But a reading of the report itself brings out that it is a question of a declaration of Globocnik in the course of the conversation with Gerstein, Professor Pfannenstiel and Dr. Herbert Lindner (in reality Linden): "(...) the Führer and Himmler, who were here on August 15 – that is two days ago – have obliged me to personally accompany all those who must see the establishments …," says Globocnik (25, p.284). It is thus neither Gerstein nor the two historians who in this case fabricate an "historical forgery" (if there is an "historical forgery"!), but Globocnik. There is nothing astonishing nor unlikely in that, for whether the visit is real or false, in any event Globocnik thus makes his interlocutor sense his very great intimacy with the two all-powerful personalities of the regime. This is just his way of doing things and, besides, is very close to the truth. But Rassinier deceives his reader with the help of insinuations, ambiguities and willful deformations.

It is easy to multiply similar examples of Rassinier's dishonesty.

7. The Gas Chambers at Belzec

His objections concerning certain details contained in the "Gerstein report" seem, however, more serious; and they deserve a more attentive examination.

Gerstein, speaking of his first visit to Belzec, writes: "Before us a house as a bathing establishment (...). After climbing a little staircase, on the right and on the left, three and three rooms like garages 4 by 5 meters, 1.90 meters high. (...) Moreover, this afternoon – I didn't notice" (25, p. 285). Further on, describing the functioning of the gas chambers which he observed the next day, he says: "In the chambers the SS squeeze the men (in). "Fill up well"... Hauptmann Worth has ordered it. The naked men are standing up at the feet of the others. 700 to 800 for 25 square meters and 45 cubic meters! (...) After two hours and forty-nine minutes – the stop watch recorded it all – the Diesel began. Until this moment, the men in the four chambers already filled up (were) living, living, four times 750 persons to four times 45 cubic meters!" (25, p. 285).

It has been seen that Gerstein once speaks of six chambers ("three and three") of 4 meters by 5 meters and of 1.90 meters high, then of four chambers of 25 square meters and 45 cubic meters, therefore of 1.80 meters in height.

And here is how Rassinier reports Gerstein's account: " (...) in the course of this visit, he saw the gas chambers which used Diesel exhaust fumes and he measured them: 5x5=25m2 in surface, 1.90 in height
    
   

 
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