Ernst Zündel Replies:
Rebuttal # 27
It is indeed ironic, and glaringly exposes the ignorance of Nizkor about the ample, very basic literature that has already dealt with this question, that they would state this answer is “correct.”
In order to be consistent in their claims, the exterminationsts’ point of view should have been that the “genocidal gas” used was different from camp to camp, for that had been their claim for years. Zyklon-B was claimed to have been used in some camps but not in others.
Specifically, the exterminationist claim had been for years that HCN (Zyklon-B) had been used at Auschwitz, Majdanek, Natzweiler and Mauthausen. On the other hand, camps such as Belzec, Treblinka, Sobibor allegedly used CO from Diesel engine exhaust or – even more illogically in energy-starved wartime Germany – from gasoline engine exhausts (Sobibor, Chelmno). (cp. R. Kammerer, A. Solms, “Das Rudolf Gutachten”, Cromwell Press, London 1993)
Of course, none of these silly, unscientific claims are based on fact. The fact is that there is not one small shred of scientific evidence that genocidal gassings were ever carried out in any German concentration camp!
Nizkor must have reasoned sloppily that Zyklon-B based HCN was genocidally used in all the camps because it was indeed available in all the camps and in all German Army and SS installations to fumigate the barracks, as invoices attest – FOR DELOUSING to save lives, not to kill people!
Zyklon-B was a widely used commercial pesticide throughout all of Europe where hygienic conditions deteriorated for friend and foe alike, and invoices prove nothing. Zyklon-B was used to control pests feasting on refugees fleeing from the Soviets, on Greater Reich civilians huddling in their cities’ ruins that had no longer running water, on soldiers spending weeks in their mud trenches, on the SS who came in contact with the lice-infected partisans etc.
Adds our researcher, a specialist and university graduate in chemistry whom we consulted to get an update on this question, referring to the Nizkor claim: “These chaps need our help defending their own theory!”