Vincent Reynouard And The Franke-Gricksch Report Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3
The Franke-Gricksch report claimed a "current capacity of the 'resettlement'-furnaces: 10,000 Jews in 24 hours". The figure was provided by the Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höß and probably included not only all crematoria but also the Bunker 2 extermination site.
Reynourd replies to this as follows:
"I note, however, that in his report Alfred Franke-Gricksch spoke of the current capacity of the Auschwitz ovens. However, according to the official thesis, the use of the bunkers was abandoned in the spring of 1943, when the crematoriums were commissioned. The cremation pits would have been filled and then leveled. [...]
If it did not work anymore, then adding 3000 burned bodies daily is illegitimate. Or it was still working, and Alfred Franke-Gricksch should have visited it. However, at no time does it mention the bunker 2 with its cremation pits. In short, even accepting the official thesis, one must conclude that at the time of his visit, the bunker 2 was no longer working. However, the SS speaking of current cremation capabilities, the figure advanced could not include the bunker 2. I would add that the Krema III was delivered on 24 June 1943. If we believe Jean-Claude Pressac, on 4 May the daily capacity of ovens would have reached 2000 bodies. We stay far, far from the mentioned 10,000. There remains the famous document Jährling. But again, with an undelivered Krema III, we arrive at around 3000 incinerations per day.
Jährling's figures do not allow to reach the desired 10,000, so the site Holocaust Controversies said that with the bodies of children, the SS could significantly increase the estimates. These are the methods used by these people. When the figures do not suit them, they inflate them, and they decontextualize to add others, in this case those of the bunker 2. "
Let's sort things out here. The subject at hand is the extermination capacity as told by the Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höß to visitors of the camp. The question is: Could Höß explain to Franke-Gricksch on 4 May 1943 that Auschwitz had a killing capacity of 10,000?