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Faurisson, Robert - Pressac, Jean-Claude. Auschwitz Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers - Journal of Historical Review Volume 11 No 1

Faurisson, Robert - Pressac, Jean-Claude. Auschwitz Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers - Journal of Historical Review Volume 11 No 1

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Auschwitz: Technique
6.
Operationof the Gas Chambers
Or,Improvised Gas Chambers
b
Casual Gassingsat Auschwitz
6
Birkenau,According to
J.C.
Pressac
(1989)
Part
I
ROBERT FAURISSONTranslated
by
T.J.
O'Keefe
J
ean-Claude Pressac's massive study of the homicidal gaschambers of Auschwitz and Birkenau appeared two yearsago. Had it actually presented the slightest proof for theexistence of the alleged gas chambers, media throughout theentire world would have resounded with the news. Butinstead of an uproar, there has been silence. The explanationfor thissilence lies in the fact that the author, far frompresenting the expected proof, has unintentionally proved thatthe Revisionists were correct to conclude from their ownresearches that the gas chambers were only mythical. As willbe seen, the Pressac book is a calamity for theExterminationists, a windfall for the Revisionists.Since
1978,
there have been innumerable books, documents,and films supposed to prove, once and for all, the reality of theHitlerian gas chambers. For their part, the professors andresearchers, who made the rounds from conferences on the"Holocaust" to colloquia on the "Shoah," promised us that, onthis subject, we were about to hear the last word. But when allwas said and done, nothing surfaced in fulfillment of theexpectations which had been created. Nothing. Ever.Nevertheless, the appearance of these books, documents,and films as well as the staging of the conferences andcolloquia was usually accompanied by an ephemeral mediabrouhaha or the appearance of intellectual ferment, as if
 
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REVIEW
something new had actually been produced. The fever fellrapidly, but for some days at least the illusion of an event hadbeen created.Nothing of the sort with Pressac's book. This time thesilence was shattering.
A
single journalist remarked upon thebook: Richard Bernstein, whose article appeared in the NewYork Times of December 18, 1989 (section
C,
p.
11,
14). Thetitle of this article and the photograph taken from Pressac toillustrate it are indicative of the reporter's confusion. Theheadline reads:
"A
New Book Is Said to Refute RevisionistView of Holocaust."The photograph shows a wooden door with a metal frameand, in the center, a peephole; moreover, one sees chalked onthe door German and Russian words. The Times captionreads:A photograph of a gas chamber door from the book"Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers."A warning written on the door after the camp's liberation reads"Attention! Danger! No entry!"The journalist is honest enough to stress that the writing onthe door stems from after the war but doesn't reveal to thereader that this photograph is presented by Pressac himself inthe chapter on gas chambers
...
for disinfection
(p.
50).
Truth totell, the unfortunate journalist could have found none better:among the hundreds of photographs and documents in thistedious tome, it is impossible to find a single one which couldbe decently presented as proof of the existence of a single gaschamber.In a different edition of the New York Times published onthe same date, an identical article (Section B, p. 1,4)appearedunder a different title: "Auschwitz:
A
Doubter Verifies theHorror."This time, Bernstein chose a photograph of a blueprint of acrematorium and a photograph of prisoners carrying theirshoes after showering. The first photograph comes from page141 of the book, on which the blueprint is said to concern acrematorium without a homicidal gas chamber. The secondphotograph is taken from page 80, where the naked men aresaid to be prisoners who, with their shoes in hand, are leavingthe shower room for the "drying room; clean side,"both roomsin a large installation for showering and disinfection,
 
Auschwitz: Technique
&
Operation of the Gas Chambers
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The content of this article would bear reproduction in fullfor its author's circumspection regarding Pressac. And, aswe've seen, none of the three photographs supports the thesisof an extermination in gas chambers.In France there has been brief mention, here and there, ofthe Pressac book, with the air of a drowning man's last graspat a straw. In this regard, the case of Pierre Vidal-Naquet isheart-rending. This professor has, in recent years,championed two authors whom he counted on to answer theRevisionists: Arno Mayer and Jean-Claude Pressac or, as hedescribed them, an American Jewish historian "teaching at thevery elitist Princeton University" and a Frenchman, "suburbanpharmacist, trained in and practicing chemistry" (ArnoMayer, La "Solution finale" dans I'histoire, Preface by PierreVidal-Naquet, LaDdcouverte, 1990,
p.
viii). His colleague andfriend Arno Mayer has just done him a nasty turn by writing:Sources for the study of the gas chambers are at once rareand unreliable. (English original text: Why Did the Heavens NotDarken?: The "Final Solution" in History, New York, Pantheon,
1988,
p.
362).
Which led Pierre Vidal-Naquet to write:Nobody at all, from now on-I mean after Jean-ClaudePressac's book-will be able any longer to speak, regarding thegas chambers of Auschwitz, like Mayer of "rare and unreliable"sources. (French edition, p. ix)But what Vidal-Naquet prefers to ignore is that Pressac, too,has unintentionally made a fool of him (see below,
p.
43,
note
2).
Neither Arno Mayer nor Jean-Claude Pressac has succeededin discovering the slightest proof of the existence of homicidalgas chambers at Auschwitz or at Birkenau.
An Author and
a
Book That Are Concealed from
Us
So, J.C. Pressac is a pharmacist. He practices in the Parisiansuburbs, at La Ville de Bois (Essonne). Around 1979-1980, hefirst offered his services to the Revisionists, who ended up indismissing him; about 1981-1982, he besieged GeorgesWellers, director of Le Monde Juif, who finally sent him on hisway; then he presented his services to the Klarsfelds, who stilluse him today, but in an odd manner.Serge and BeateKlarsfeld have not published his book in its original Frenchversion, but in an English translation in America. It isunobtainable from the indicated address: The Beate Klarsfeld

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