Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Questions Mikey Piper Can't Answer

Michael Collins Piper and I went round and round a month or two ago. While I was on hiatus, I fired off the following e-mail. He has chosen not to respond, and elected, rather, to report me to my employer for "harassing" him.

Three Questions for You

Hello again, Mr. Piper:

I understand that you are one of these people that believes that the number of Jews killed during World War II is heavily inflated and that there were no gas chambers nor any central plan by the Nazis to kill Jews.

I was wondering how you would answer three questions:

(1) In a letter written January 29, 1943, to SS Colonel Hans Kammler, Karl Bischoff, an SS captain and architect at Auschwitz-Birkenau, mentions a room in Krema II at Auschwitz-Birkenau that he refers to as a "Vergasungskeller." He is referring to the room that the blueprints for Krema II designate as a "Leichenkeller" (morgue). It has been suggested that the "Vergasungskeller" could have been a gas production cellar or a gas attack shelter for the Nazis. However, it would have been foolish to place a gas production cellar so close to the crematory ovens in Krema II, and certainly the word for a gas attack shelter would have the word "Schutz" in there somewhere. Complicating the matter is the fact that a letter from Erhard Wetzel, a Nazi adviser on Jewish Affairs, to Heinrich Lohse, Reichkommissar for Ostland, stationed at Riga, mentions the "Vergasungsapparate" that had been used in the T-4 Euthanasia program in Berlin. So clearly "Vergasung" can mean "to kill with gas."

How would you explain this document if the room being referred to in Bischoff's letter is not a gas chamber?

(2) During an "action" against Jews on the Eastern Front during the war, an SS man named Max Täubner was brought up on criminal charges for, as an officer, shooting Jews himself, as well as photographing the "action" and showing the photos to people back in Berlin. He was tried before an SS court in Munich, which rendered its verdict on May 24, 1943. The judge wrote, in part:

"The accused shall not be punished because of the actions against the Jews as such. The Jews have to be exterminated and none of the Jews that were killed is any great loss. Although the accused should have recognized that the extermination of the Jews was the duty of Kommandos which were set up especially for this purpose, he should be excused for considering himself to have the authority to take part in the extermination of Jewry himself."

If there was no program to exterminate the Jews, then what was this judge in Munich talking about when he rendered his verdict?

(3) By the end of 1942, Nazi statistician Richard Korherr estimated that 2.5 million Jews had already been killed since the beginning of the war. The so-called Reinhard camps would continue to operate into the following year, Kulmhof would not close until 1944, and Auschwitz-Birkenau stopped killing prisoners in November 1944. Given the census that the Nazis themselves took for their conference at Wannsee, chaired by SS General Reinhard Heydrich, in January 1942 -- a census that concludes that there were, at that time, 11 million Jews in Europe and areas under Jewish control (primarily North Africa and the Middle East), is it ridiculous to suggest that the number of Jews killed could have been at least twice that many by May 8, 1945?

I thank you in advance for your responses.

Andrew E. Mathis, Ph.D.

Please e-mail Mikey and ask him why he hasn't answered these simple questions.


  1. Andrew,

    Can you point to any writing he has done on the Holocaust?

    Phil Mathews

  2. The book about Mel Mermelstein. Not the worst one, I should say. I agree with lots of his points. ;-)

  3. Hey, even a stopped clock is right twice a day...


  4. Well, there's this:


  5. I read Mr. Piper's self-serving biography on his web page and compared that with his...uh... essays to you.

    If those essays are the way he conducted professional communication, I'm not surprised his entire career has been at American Free Press.

    What I wonder about is how he survived there. If he smart-mouthed like that to his colleagues and bosses at AFP, I don't think they'd be too amused, either.

    For my own edification...who is this nut, really? How did he get from the womb to his level of craziness?

  6. On the "vergasungkeller" document, holocaust deniers turn to butz, who says that is was a room in which gas was made to heat up the ovens. But the ovens didn't run on gas! holocaust deniers have yet to provide an explanation for this. Hey, but then again, they can always change their minds and say that it was forged. That's how denial works.

  7. "On the "vergasungkeller" document, holocaust deniers turn to butz, who says that is was a room in which gas was made to heat up the ovens. But the ovens didn't run on gas! holocaust deniers have yet to provide an explanation for this."

    Not really. This argument has been abandoned by the deniers long ago.

    Their preferred explanations:

    1) air-raid shelter;

    2) delousing chamber;

    3) forgery.

  8. Hi, I have become interested in the fate of Hans Kammler, SS General. Apparently he was no. 3 on the list of Nazis to be tried at Nuremberg, but he either died or fled . Any information would be appreciated. He was guilty of installing the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau (Van Pelt's book, the Case for Auschwitz), as well as the overseeing dirty bomb project, and the slave labor used at Ohrdruf.


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