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The Gas Vans II: A Critical Investigation - Santiago Alvarez, Holocaust Handbooks, Volume 26:

The Gas Vans II: A Critical Investigation - Santiago Alvarez, Holocaust Handbooks, Volume 26:

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When it comes to the “Holocaust,” terms like “gas chambers” or “gas ovens” dominate the public’s mind. “Gas vans” are usually absent from the discourse. What percentage of the general populace has ever heard that the Nazis are said to have deployed mobile gas chambers as well, which historians usually call “gas vans”? This lack of knowledge is excusable, because even in orthodox historiography the “gas vans” have played only a minor role. To this date no monograph has appeared on the topic written by a mainstream historian, and the papers published about the topic are dismally superficial and show a total lack of any critical attitude. Witness testimony is not scrutinized, documents are not subject to source criticism, and physical, tangible evidence is never even considered.
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The Complete 22 volume Holocaust Handbook Series is available for free from the publisher (240 MBs)
http://holocausthandbooks.com/dl/HHS.zip

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When it comes to the “Holocaust,” terms like “gas chambers” or “gas ovens” dominate the public’s mind. “Gas vans” are usually absent from the discourse. What percentage of the general populace has ever heard that the Nazis are said to have deployed mobile gas chambers as well, which historians usually call “gas vans”? This lack of knowledge is excusable, because even in orthodox historiography the “gas vans” have played only a minor role. To this date no monograph has appeared on the topic written by a mainstream historian, and the papers published about the topic are dismally superficial and show a total lack of any critical attitude. Witness testimony is not scrutinized, documents are not subject to source criticism, and physical, tangible evidence is never even considered.

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In his summary article about the “gas vans,” German historian Ma-
thias Beer posits the following (1987, p. 403):

“The term ‘gas vans’ refers to a special creation of the Third
Reich, namely a heavy vehicle on whose chassis an airtight body had
been mounted in which people were killed by means of the introduc-
tion of exhaust gas.”

As early as 1991 German political scientist Udo Walendy has point-
ed out that the Third Reich could not claim to be the inventor of such an
evil device, even if the claims by orthodox historiography were true
(Walendy 1991, pp. 35f.) – at least if one is inclined to believe the hear-
say statements as published by Soviet dissident Pjotr Grigorenko. In his
Memoirs he recounts what a former friend, Vasily Ivanovich Teslya,
had told him (Grigorenko 1982, p. 208f.):

“Once, when we were discussing fascist atrocities, I said, ‘What
beasts they must have been and how absolutely corrupt to have
thought up gas wagons.’
In reply Teslya said, ‘Are you aware, Pyotr Grigoryevich, that we
invented the gas wagon for use on the so-called kulaks?

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‘In the prison in Omsk one day a fellow prisoner called me over
to a window which opened on the inner court. There was a shutter
on the window, but through a crack we could see a door into another
prison building.
‘In a short time a Black Maria
[65]

rolled up. The door in the
building opened and guards drove people into the open doors of the
prison van. Well over thirty prisoners jammed into the Black Maria
standing up. The doors were forced shut by the guards and the van
departed. I was going to leave the window but my cellmate said:
‘Just wait a bit. They will come back soon.’ And they did. When the
van doors were opened black smoke poured into the air and corpses
fell out onto the ground. Those which did not fall out by themselves
were pulled out with hooks by the guards. Then all the corpses were
dropped into a nearby basement sewer hole. Every day for a week
we watched this happen. That other wing of the prison was known as
the ‘kulak’ wing.’”

It goes without saying that the probative value of this story from
hearsay is rather low. If put into the context of well-documented Soviet
killing methods and experiments using a wide variety of poisonous gas-
es and other substances, however (see Bobrenjow/Rjasanzwe 1993, pp.
43, 171; Baldajewa 1993; Volodarsky 2009), it seems indeed that the
sick minds coming up with the idea of “gas vans” can be found within
the pre-war Soviet secret services.
In 1994 U.S. engineer Friedrich P. Berg reported about a four-part
TV documentary with the title “Monster: A Portrait of Stalin in Blood”
aired in the U.S. in 1993 about the collapse of the Soviet Union (Gauss
1994, p. 342). One segment of the second part of the series subtitled
“Stalin’s Secret Police,” is of special interest, as it confirms what we
suspect. At one point KGB officer Alexander Michailov states the fol-
lowing:66

“We’ve come across evidence that long before Hitler’s gas vans
came into being, Isai Davidovich Berg invented secret gas vans in
Moscow. It was a simple airtight van in which prisoners were deliv-
ered, and when necessary, carbon monoxide exhaust fumes were
piped into the van.”

65

Soviet inmate transportation van.

66

www.youtube.com/watch?v=itPPRxy_AQ4&feature=related; the relevant scene starts at
3 min. 21 sec.

SANTIAGO ALVAREZ, THE GAS VANS

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It goes without saying that the van could not have been airtight in a
strict sense, if exhaust fumes were to be delivered into it. As to the type
of engine used, F.P. Berg wrote (in Rudolf 2003, p. 456):
“Diesel engines were not mentioned [in the documentary]. This is
explained by the fact that all pre-war trucks in the Soviet Union had
only gasoline engines. There were no Diesel engines, since the entire
transportation system in the USSR was based on earlier, western
engine types such as that of Ford Motor Co. More than likely, the
Soviet allegations of
[German] gas trucks are truly based on the So-
viets’ own mass murder technology to which they simply added Die-
sel engines to make them seem more sinister and, most of all, more
German.”

The revelation about Soviet gas vans was confirmed two years later
by Russian writer Michael S. Voslensky, who had been a Russian inter-
preter during the Nuremberg Trials, but who was later exiled as a dissi-
dent. After the collapse of the Soviet Union he gained access to the
once secret files of the former Soviet Secret service NKVD. Among
other atrocities found there, he also reports the following (1995, pp.
28f.):

“And one final detail. During World War Two the people in the
Soviet Union were indignant when they learned that the German se-
curity services used retrofitted vans to kill people with exhaust gas-
es. In the Soviet media these gas vehicles were called ‘soul vendors.’
They really were a diabolic invention, and their inventors were
criminals.

Only this wasn’t a German but a Soviet invention. In the USSR a
truck was constructed whose exhaust gases were piped into the en-
closed cargo box. The inventor was a certain Berg, head of the eco-
nomic department of the NKVD for Moscow and the area around
Moscow. Long before the war – in 1936 – one began to use Berg’s
invention. Berg himself was executed in 1939 as a participant at an
alleged ‘conspiracy of NKVD members against the leadership of the
State.’ Of course this plot was an invention. Nevertheless the reader
will hardly be able to feel pity for Berg.”

So when war broke out between Germany and the Soviet Union in
June 1941, the stage was set, and the Germans had no idea what was
coming their way.

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