Generally speaking, writes Conan, there have been many obvious
falsifications in the Auschwitz and Birkenau camp sites. Stefan
Wilkanowicz, vice-president of the International Committee
of the Polish government's Auschwitz State Museum (and director
of an influential Polish Catholic periodical), says:
The biggest blunders have been rectified but the principal
discussions are never-ending and far from being settled. I
can even say that essential debates, distressing, sometimes
unexpected, are only beginning.
About the famous "gas chamber" in the Auschwitz
I camp, Conan writes:
In 1948, when the Museum was created, Crematory I was reconstructed
in a supposed original state. Everything in it is false [Tout
y est faux]: the dimensions of the gas chamber, the locations
of the doors, the openings for pouring in Zyklon B, the ovens
(rebuilt according to the recollections of some survivors),
the height of the chimney. At the end of the 70s, Robert Faurisson
exploited those falsifications all the better because at that
time the Museum officials balked at admitting them. An American
revisionist [David Cole] has just shot a video in the gas
chamber (still presented as authentic): one may see him questioning
the visitors with his "revelations" [Emphasis added.]
In spite of this, Conan goes on to report, there are no plans
to alter anything there. With regard to the famous "gas
chamber," a staff member of the Museum directors' office,
Krystyna Oleksy, says: "For the time being we are going
to leave it in the present state, and not give any specifics
to the visitors. It is too complicated. We'll see later on."
Victory for Revisionism
This feature article in a leading French magazine is a great
victory for Holocaust revisionism. On a key point, L'Express
now acknowledges, the revisionists have been right all along.
In fact, the magazine concedes a point that revisionists
have been legally penalized for making. Dr. Robert Faurisson,
Europe's foremost revisionist scholar, was heavily fined after
repeating it on numerous occasions during his "thought
crime" trials in France. (Will the French government
now prosecute L'Express
magazine and journalist Conan for their revisionist Holocaust
In May 1992 a German court fined David Irving 10,000 marks
(about $6,000) for publicly saying what L'Express
now openly admits. (See: "Irving Fined $6,000 in German
'Gas Chamber' Trial," IHR Newsletter, July-Aug. 1992,
The court punished the British historian because he had told
a Munich meeting in April 1990 that the structure in Auschwitz
that has been portrayed for decades to tourists as an extermination
gas chamber is a phony reconstruction ( "Attrappe"),
just like the one at Dachau.
Irving was found guilty of thus "disparaging the memory
of the dead," a crime in Germany that effectively applies
only to Jewish victims. In the case the Judge refused to consider
any of the evidence presented by Irving's attorneys, including
a plea to permit Dr. Franciszek Piper, Senior Curator and
archives director of the Auschwitz State Musueum, to testify
in the case.
Dr. Faurisson comments on Conan's article:
Clearly, the Auschwitz propagandists are at a loss. Oleksy's
statement is an important vindication of the revisionist position.
Every visitor of the Auschwitz "gas chamber" should
confront the guides (or, if possible, Museum officials) with
these sentences by Oleksy.
During a September 1992 interview with American revisionist
David Cole, Auschwitz Museum Curator Piper said, "so
now this gas chamber [at Auschwitz I] is very similar to this
one which existed in 1941-1942."
As Conan knows, already in 1976 I demonstrated the falsehood
of this entire story by questioning Museum official Jan Machalek,
and by finding in the Auschwitz Museum files original plans
clearly showing that, in fact, the alleged "gas chamber"
was, between October 7, 1941, and August 31, 1943, a room
with a single entrance where dead bodies awaiting cremation
If Museum officials now wish to rebuild the room as it was
during the war, they will have to fill in the south-east doorway.
After doing so, though, they would no longer be able to explain
how the alleged victims entered the "gas chamber"
for gassing. I do not think the officials would dare contend
that the victims entered by way of the door of the ovens room.
For details on these points, see what I published in Serge
Thion's 1980 book Vérité historique ou vérité
politique? La question des chambres à gaz, pp. 316-317.
I have also repeatedly mentioned the story of that "reconstructed"
gas chamber in The Journal of Historical Review (see, for
instance, Winter 1981 issue, p. 335), as well as during the
1985 and 1988 Zündel trials in Toronto (see, for instance,
1985 Trial, Transcript, pp. 2364-2366). Even as early as 1968,
Olga Wormser-Migot wrote in her book Le Système concentrationnaire
nazi (p. 157) that the Auschwitz I camp was "without
a gas chamber." In 1985, Raul Hilberg stated under oath
during the first Zündel trial in Toronto (Transcript,
p. 774), and Pierre Vidal-Naquet wrote in L'Allemagne nazie
et le génocide juif (pp. 510, 516, n. 94), what Franciszek
Piper said to Cole in 1992. Jean-Claude Pressac told the same
story in his 1989 book, Auschwitz: Technique and Operation
of the Gas Chambers (pp. 108, 123, 133).
In his L'Express
article, Conan mentions Jean-Claude Pressac's 1993 book, Les
Crématoires d'Auschwitz. Among the fantastic number
of "dossiers" and articles recently published in
French newspapers and magazines in connection with the 50th
anniversary of the camp's liberation, this article may perhaps
be the only one to mention that book. Pressac's ambivalence
has become an embarrassment for the "exterminationists."
For instance, his estimate in Les Crématoires d'Auschwitz
(1993) of total Auschwitz deaths was 775,000 (rounded up to
800,000), and in the 1994 German edition he further reduced
this to between 630,000 and 710,000 (of whom, he asserts,
470,000 to 550,000 were "gassed" Jews).