Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka. Holocaust Denial and Operation Reinhard. Chapter 8: Burning of the Corpses (1).

Burning of the Corpses

The corpses of most people murdered at Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka and Chełmno extermination camps were burned, which means that what is left of most victims are cremation remains like ashes and bone fragments. Carlo Mattogno, Jürgen Graf and Thomas Kues do not deny that bodies were burned at these places, but dispute the historically accepted scale of corpse cremation on grounds that it would have been logistically impracticable in what concerns fuel requirements and the duration of cremations and is incompatible with the available evidence, especially the amount of cremation remains found. Where (as in the case of Chełmno) particulars about the cremation devices and methods are known from archaeological research, the accuracy of research finds is also questioned.
This chapter starts with a presentation of what is known about the cremation devices and methods applied as well as the duration of cremations at each of these four camps, including a discussion of Mattogno’s arguments regarding archaeological research finds at Chełmno extermination camp. There follows a discussion of the deniers’ other arguments mentioned in the preceding paragraph. Finally the deniers’ alternative explanations for the undisputed cremation of corpses at these camps are examined. As concerns Belzec extermination camp the related arguments have been amply debated between Mattogno and the author[1], with Mattogno’s reply to the author’s last submission still outstanding. Although without referring to the author, the recent Sobibor book by Mattogno, Graf and Kues tries to address some of the author’s arguments in said debate. Being their latest publication on the subject, this book is deemed to contain their most up to date arguments and will thus be the main focus of the author of this present chapter


[1] See the blog articles collected under the link http://holocaustcontroversies.blogspot.com/2006/04/quick-links.html#mattbel .

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