Ernst Zündel Replies:
Rebuttal # 44
Since this is a strictly theoretical question, the answer here is also theoretical. As we all know, in theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.
Theoretically, given a three hour cycle time, each crematory retort, or oven, could reduce eight bodies in a day to ashes. In practice, however, the number of functioning retorts in operation at any one place in German cities or German-run concentration camps during the war was not constant.
Crematories in the concentration camps were generally built during 1942 and 1943, often by inmate labor, and were of hasty, often shoddy construction. Some of these crematories did not operate for very long and broke down soon after they were completed. Some were never repaired. Those remaining can be assumed to have been in operation at most for about 18 months to two years.
These crematoria incinerated corpses that were the result of rampant epidemics of massive infectious diseases, caused by overcrowding, lice-bearing typhus etc. as well as all the vagaries of war such as hunger, lack of hygiene, cold, lack of medical supplies for chronic medical conditions etc. This type of condition was experienced by all warring countries to various degrees – during and after the war!
Of the six so-called (by the Allies) “death camps”, only Auschwitz and Majdanek had crematories, but other regular German concentration camps, such as Dachau, Buchenwald, and Bergen-Belsen also had crematories, thus immediately disarming the false and sinister Allied propaganda claims that the mere presence of a crematory installation “proved” mass murder.
Get out your pen and pencil – or better yet, your calculator.
The total number of retorts for Auschwitz is 52. Total for Majdanek is 6.
To simplify this question, Auschwitz will be examined first.
Six retorts operated at Auschwitz for the first sixteen months of the period under examination (i.e. 12/41-3/43). That allows enough time and is enough equipment for about 23,328 theoretical cremations if one allows for 24 hour, total utilization of the facilities without breakdowns, maintenance etc. As we have learned, such was not the case.
In March 1943, Birkenau crematory Number Two was completed. After a short period of service, it was discovered the lining of the chimney had been botched, and it had to be redone.
Crematory number four was completed at the end of the same month. It contained eight retorts. It operated for two months and was abandoned in May of 1943.
In April, 1943, crematory number five was also finished.
Therefore, in April 1943, sixteen more retorts were operational for a total of 22 retorts. Auschwitz, then, had 22 retorts operational for about the next six weeks. This is resources for an additional theoretical 7,392 cremations – again, if one allows for a 100% flawless functioning.
In May crematory number four was abandoned. Crematory number three was not started up until the fourth week of June 1943. There was then a period of about five weeks where only 14 retorts were working and another 3,920 additional cremations were theoretically possible.
After crematory number three became operational on June 25th, crematory number one was shut down for a net gain of nine retorts.
This situation lasted for about 18 days for 3,312 theoretical possible cremations for this period. Then on the twelfth of July the rework on crematory two was completed.
Crematory five was mothballed at about the same time for a net increase of seven retorts.
Thankfully for this discussion, things stabilized for the next sixteen months with 30 retorts operating at Birkenau. The time and equipment available would have allowed for an additional 116,400 theoretical cremations. It can be seen, then, that roughly 154,352 theoretical cremations could have been performed at Auschwitz between December 1941 and November 1944.
It is still claimed today by the Auschwitz authorities that about one and half million people died or were murdered at Auschwitz during this time. This number is down from the previous Polish and Soviet claim of four million “Nazi victims” – with the Zionists claiming all along at least two and a half million of those were Jews.
Against that claim, there is documentation for fewer than 80,000 deaths at the camp. This information came from the Auschwitz death registries, held in moth balls for decades but finally released by the Soviets, thanks in some measure to a world wide write in campaign to Gorbachev in 1989 by thousands of Zündel suporters.
These death registries were analyzed by people who know Jewish names, replete with diverse spellings in various Slavic languages, These analyses indicate less than 30% of those who died there were Jews, and the bulk of those deaths were due to epidemics and common diseases.
These numbers of corpses could have been disposed of, given the crematoria capacity at that time. The “four million” previously claimed, or even 1 1/2 million “revised” simply could not have been incinerated. The numbers don’t check out.
Majdanek’s crematory had six retorts and operated for nine months. These resources would provide for another 12,960 theoretical cremations.
Nizkor seems to be relying on the French pharmacist Pressac’s writings. What will Nizkor do as Pressac reduces the number of victims in his calculations downward more ever closer to Revisionist figures and positions? It is known to have happened before.