Sunday, August 06, 2006

Holocaust minutiae (Arnost Tauber; Dov Paisikovic)

Nuremberg document NI-4829 is an affidavit of a certain Arnost Tauber, who claims (emphasis mine):
I was arrested on two occasions. The first time in May 1939 for the distribution of illegal leaflets. I was imprisoned for 77 days. In September 1939 I was arrested for the second time in the course of the hostage actions and brought to Dachau by way of the jail at Pankratz, and from there to Buchenwald. From Buchenwald I was transferred to the main camp at Auschwitz in October 1942, and a week later I was sent from there to Monowitz with the first transport. I remained at Monowitz until August 1944, when I was transferred to Treblinka.
And during interrogation:
Q. Then you were sent to Treblinka on 4 August 1944, is that right?

A. Yes.
What's going on here? Treblinka is clearly out of place in this testimony.

But try to remember a camp directly related to Auschwitz with a somewhat similar name. If you thought about Trzebinia, you are correct. Let me quote from D. Czech's Auschwitz Chronicle (p. 787):
The prisoners are evacuated from the Trzebinia auxiliary camp and those able to march are led to Auschwitz. [...] Arnost Tauber, Abraham Piasecki, and Karl Broszio escape during the foot march.

Sometimes deniers can be useful. Thus, "polardude" once found a discrepancy between a Westerbork transport list and Czech's Auschwitz Chronicle. The list on p. 51 of the revised critical edition of Anne Frank's diary has 453 Jews departing to Auschwitz on May 19, 1944, among them 199 men, 220 women and 34 children.

Czech, on the other hand, lists 453 Jews arriving from Westerbork on May 21, 1944, thus: 250 men received nos. A-2846-A-3095, 100 women receive nos. A-5242-A5341. 103 unregistered Jews were gassed. As this denier points out, even if all the children were males, there still would be only 233 males on this transport. Now, obviously, Czech is wrong.

But this correction also lets us address Carlo Mattogno's suspicion about Dov Paisikovic, which he expressed in his books about the Bunkers and open-air incinerations:
On October 17, 1963, in Vienna, Dov Paisikovic wrote a report on his experience as a member of the so-called special unit at Auschwitz. As he states frequently, Paisikovic (born at Rakowec, then in Czechoslovakia, on April 1, 1924) was deported to Auschwitz from the ghetto at Munkacs (Hungary) in May 1944 and was registered with ID no. A-3076. However, according to Danuta Czech's Chronicle, the ID nos. A-2846 through A-3095 were assigned to 250 Dutch Jews coming from the Westerbork camp.
Now that we know that Czech was mistaken, there is no mystery - Paisikovic's number is indeed legitimate.

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