Saturday, May 01, 2021

What the Soviets knew about Auschwitz - and when. Part V: the destruction of the Hungarian Jews.

On 15.07.1944 the director of 1st Directorate of NKGB, the Soviet intelligence, Pavel Fitin wrote to Aleksandr Shcherbakov, a Central Committee secretary and the head of the Political Directorate of the Red Army and the Soviet Information Bureau:
товарищу Щербакову

Нами из Варшавы от нашего корреспондента получена информация следующего содержания:

"В лагере Освенцим немцы отравляют газами венгерских евреев по 10-15 тысяч в день и жгут их на кострах. Проверено точно, реагируйте."

Начальник I Управления НКГБ
Союза ССР
to comrade Shcherbakov

We received the following information from our correspondent in Warsaw:

"In the camp Auschwitz the Germans are poisoning 10-15 thousand Hungarian Jews a day with gas and burning them on pyres. Definitely verified, react."

Head of the 1st Directorate of NKGB
Source: RGASPI, f. 17, op. 125, d. 250, l. 89.

Thus the Soviet intelligence learned about the mass destruction of the Hungarian Jews in Auschwitz either while it was still going on (depending on when exactly Fitin got this information) or shortly thereafter.

Up to 09.07.1944 about 434,000 Jews were deported from Hungary, most of them to Auschwitz, where about 320,000 of them were found unfit for work and gassed on arrival, and the rest were either registered in the camp or left in the area for the transit Jews (who resided in the camp but were not registered there, awaiting transfer to labor camps). Most of the latter Jews were transferred for work in other camps, but many eventually perished (incl. through gassings) in Auschwitz.

So far I have been unable to find anything in the central press, like Pravda or Izvestiya, about this destruction. Whether this was due to scarcity of information, low importance assigned to it or A. Shcherbakov's reputed antisemitism is hard to say.


  1. "So far I have been unable to find anything in the central press, like Pravda or Izvestiya, about this destruction." Why would you? There is no news in Pravda and no truth in Izvestiya.

    Seriously, the Soviet policy was to purge the Holocaust of any Jewish content. For example, the notorious monument at Auschwitz did not mention that any of the victims were Jewish. Sophie's Choice writ large.

    1. Ah, they did mention it obliquely, just usually formulating it as the murder of "peaceful Soviet citizens" or "citizens of many countries". Sometimes the mentions were direct (e.g. Grossman's Treblinka book).

  2. Hello, I had found your blong and I think is a very interesting piece of history, the only thing i wanna know did you responded to these two boogs of carlo mattogno and if you didnt, do you plan to respond to these two books in a future?

    1. Hi, there are no plans for a centralized response, at our blog you will find numerous points and chunks addressed at this tag.

  3. You make these assumptions but you have no proof…
    “Most of the memoirs and reports of Holocaust survivors are full of preposterous verbosity, graphomanic exaggeration, dramatic affects over estimated self inflation, dilettante philosophizing, would be lyricism and unchecked rumors, bias, partisan attacks said by Samuel Gringuaz, Jewish studies New York January 1950

    1. Note how you haven't provided a single counterargument, thereby once again illustrating the vacuity of Holocaust denial.

  4. Let's think about this honestly do you really think in 1944 that these people they claim up the 450,000 people went through that camp and were gassed and cremated in 6 months because the war ended in January you really believe this could happen you have to be out of your mind to believe this nonsense you must be watching too many of these movies on TV sci-fi movies. And let's think about it how could you gas all these people throwing cyclone B pellets on the ground? Do you know what it takes to gas somebody? When you look at an American gas chamber it's incredible just to gas one person, and you think you can put two or three thousand people in a room and throw some pellets on the ground and that's going to kill everybody in that room again you people are watching too many Sci-Fi movies cyclone B does not work that way but if you want to believe it you can believe what you want I can believe the moon is made of cheese also. Just because some people lied and said it is so does not mean it can happen just like I can tell you my car and go 400 miles an hour but guess what it can't but I can believe it can in my mind.

    1. Zyklon B gassings are proven, as our blog shows, but you're always welcome to provide the alternative history for, say, the 320,000 Hungarian Jews deported to Auschwitz in 1944, not registered in the camp and not selected for work. That's a whole bunch of people, they obviously could not have been deported to the "Russian East" in 1944 and they were unable to work, so they weren't useful. Let's hear your explanation. No denier so far has managed to provide one.


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