I Was Dr. Mengele’s Forensic Pathologist in the Auschwitz Crematorium

Published: 2017-09-11
C. Mattogno, M. Nyiszli, 'An Auschwitz Doctor's Eyewitness Account'

Cover art of Mattogno's new book on Myklos Nyiszli. Please support our efforts to get it translated.

Editor's Note

Miklós Nyiszli was a Hungarian physician of Jewish descent who, in 1944, was deported to Auschwitz where he served as an assistant under the aegis of Dr. Josef Mengele. After the war, he wrote a book which he claimed contains a true rendering of his experiences at Auschwitz.

Although Nyiszli's story found little credence at the time – his attempt to testify at the Nuremberg IMT was rejected by the Allies, who considered his story to be too wild, although he did testify during the I.G. Farben Trial – it gained increasing prominence as time went by and thus the Holocaust hysteria combined with blind reverence to "survivors" escalated. 

The following consists, first of all, of the introduction to the upcoming book, and then of a side-by-side translation of Nyiszli's original Hungarian book into English, posted as a PDF file in a PDF-viewing window. That file can also be downloaded. The left column of this translation features the English translation, while the right column has the original matching Hungarian paragraphs (sometimes with scanning errors not yet fixed. If you spot any, please let us know.)

This translation was prepared from the original as the basis for the new, upcoming book by Carlo Mattogno critically analyzing Nyiszli's book; see the front cover on the right. The book itself will only feature the English translation, but we thought it important to make this side-by-side translation available online. Getting Carlo's analysis translated form the Italian is a major effort, for which we ask your support.

Thank you very much!

Germar Rudolf


Introduction

In spring of 1946, the Jewish Hungarian physician Miklós Nyiszli privately published a book of memoirs entitled Dr. Mengele boncolóorvosa voltam az auschwitz-i krematóriumban (I Was Dr. Mengele’s Forensic Pathologist in the Auschwitz Crematorium).[1] The next year this text was republished by the Budapest daily Világ (World) in forty-one installments between 16 February and 6 April, before being published in book form under the paper’s imprint later that year.[2]

At the beginning of 1951, extracts from this book, translated into French by Tibère Kremer, appeared in a two-part article in the French review Les Temps Modernes under the title “S.S.Obersturmfuhrer docteur Mengele: Journal d'un médecin déporté au crématorium d'Auschwitz.”[3] The complete[4] text in French translation appeared in book form ten years later in 1961 with the title Médecin à Auschwitz: Souvenirs d'un médecin déporté.[5] That same year, Nyiszli’s memoir also saw the light in German translation, serialized in numbers 3-11 of the Munich review Quick under the title “Auschwitz: Tagebuch eines Lagerarztes.”

These publications attracted the attention of Paul Rassinier, founder of Holocaust revisionism, as well as that of his friend Albert Paraz, who alerted him to the first remarks in the French press regarding the articles in Les Temps Modernes. Rassinier contacted Nyiszli,[6] and he later devoted a few pages to the doctor’s memoir, particularly in his books Ulysse trahi par les siens (La Librairie française, 1961; Rome: La Sfinge, 2006) and Le Drame des juifs européens (Les Sept Couleurs, 1964; La Vieille Taupe, 1984).[7] Rassinier’s criticisms, at least in part, were well founded and pertinent; they concentrated on obviously false or absurd declarations by Nyiszli, but also highlighted various contradictions between the translations then available.

In the 1980s, in turn, the theme aroused my interest, and I decided to write a critical study on Nyiszli’s testimony. Thus was born my book “Medico ad Auschwitz”: Anatomia di un falso,[8] based on the Italian translation of the 1961 French edition,[9] but with an attentive eye on the latter as well.

The work, characterized by Charles D. Provan in 2001 as “a wonderful treatment, exhaustive and extremely thorough,”[10] was subdivided into two parts. The first contained the historical-critical analysis proper, broken down in the following chapters:

  1. Arrival of Nyiszli at Birkenau
  2. Geographical errors
  3. Topographical errors (Birkenau camp)
  4. History of the Birkenau crematoria
  5. The Birkenau crematoria: furnaces and cremation capacity
  6. Technique of the “extermination”: the “gas chambers”
  7. The “gassings”
  8. The end of the “gassings”
  9. Technique of the “extermination”: the pyres
  10. Balance sheet of the extermination
  11. The Sonderkommando
  12. Internal contradictions
  13. Chronological contradictions
  14. Chronological errors
  15. More falsifications, errors and incongruities

The second part was a text-critical comparison of the principal translations then available, that is, the French and German versions mentioned above plus the English translation entitled Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account.[11]

In the course of that comparison I uncovered more than seventy divergences and omissions of various kinds among these translations, so I concluded at last that in order to know what Nyiszli really wrote the only solution was to have recourse to the original text itself.

I thus dedicated myself to the study of Hungarian, procured a copy of the first edition of Nyiszli’s book and translated it into Italian. During that period I also examined other important texts, like the appendix to the 1964 Hungarian re-edition of Nyiszli’s book[12] and the series of articles by Nyiszli entitled “Tanú voltam Nürnbergben” (I was a witness at Nuremberg) which saw the light of day in the Budapest daily Világ (World) in 1948 and upon which I will elaborate in Chapter 2 of Part 2 of the current study.

Nyiszli’s “testimony” was quickly taken up by the nascent historiography of the Holocaust as a decisive testimonial proof of the Auschwitz “gas chambers,” starting with Gerald Reitlinger’s The Final Solution,[13] and then appearing in other books such as H.G. Adler, H. Langbein and E. Lingens-Reiner’s Auschwitz: Zeugnisse und Berichte,[14] Léon Poliakov’s Auschwitz,[15] the first French edition of The Auschwitz Album,[16] the collective Polish work Auschwitz: Nazi Extermination Camp[17] and Heiner Lichtenstein’s Warum Auschwitz nicht bombardiert wurde,[18] to name a few.

This success was all the stranger given that Nyiszli appeared as a witness at neither the Belsen trial (September-November 1945), nor the Tesch trial (March 1946), nor the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg (November 1945-October 1946), nor the trial of Rudolf Höss in Warsaw (March 1947), nor the so-called Auschwitz garrison trial in Cracow (November-December 1947). Moreover, at those trials held after his death in 1956—notably, the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem (April 1961-May 1962) and the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial (December 1963-August 1965)—Nyiszli’s testimony was not accepted into evidence. On the matter of his supposed “testimony” at the IG-Farben trial (August 1947-July 1948) I will have more to say below (see Part 2 Chapter 2).

The remarkable documentation on Auschwitz published by Jean-Claude Pressac in 1989 signaled the end, in principle if not in practice, of Nyiszli as an eyewitness to the gas chambers of this camp, for despite assurances to the contrary by the French researcher (as we shall see, he held Nyiszli to be “an authentic witness”), the documents themselves resoundingly refute Nyiszli’s claims. In fact, in the single chapter from Nyiszli’s text which he subjects to critical examination (Chapter VII), Pressac counts at least twenty-five “errors” and one “multiplier”—which even he finds incomprehensible—by which Nyiszli routinely inflates numbers by a factor of four.[19] I will return to Pressac’s rather too casual commentary in Part 5 Chapter 2.

As a matter of firmly established practice, the Auschwitz Museum authorities avoid critical analysis of any witness testimony, and Nyiszli’s is no exception: they still consider it fundamental despite the grave contradictions it presents with respect to the documentation in their own possession. Indeed, at times they cover up such contradictions with an all-too-evident complicity.[20]

Other researchers, such as Raul Hilberg, do without Nyiszli’s testimony almost completely; Robert Jan van Pelt limits himself to a brief reference devoid of significance.[21]

Worthy of particular mention here is Charles D. Provan, “a revisionist who believes in the gas chambers” as Ernst Zündel once described him, who passed away at a young age in 2007. Provan was one of the rare few who were researching Nyiszli in those days, and he made his results public in an article entitled “New Light on Dr. Miklos Nyiszli and His Auschwitz Book.”[22] I will consider him as well in Part 5.

But if, since the publication of Pressac’s work, Nyiszli’s fortunes have inevitably been in decline in relation to the gas chambers, they have risen in the eyes of other Holocaust historians, who trot him out as witness par excellence to the presumed nefarious crimes of Dr. Josef Mengele. The cue for this development was furnished in 1986 by Gerald L. Posner and John Ware, authors of the book Mengele: The Complete Story. [23] In the second chapter of the book, “Auschwitz: May 1943-January 1945,” [24] they essentially rely on Nyiszli, citing him at least fourteen times, despite having various documents such as Dr. Mengele’s diary, autobiography and letters at their disposal.[25]

Franciszek Piper, in a paper entitled “Gas Chambers and Crematoria” which appeared in 1994 in the collective work Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp,[26] mentions Nyiszli solely as a doctor who performed dissections of twins at the orders of Dr. Mengele and as a witness to the presence of a gold smeltery in Crematorium II.[27] A year later, in the third volume (“Extermination”) of the collective work Auschwitz, 1940-1945: Central issues in the history of the camp,[28] Piper cited Nyiszli’s memoir a number of times, but without ever revealing the profound contradictions that exist between his claims and those of the other witnesses who remained in Auschwitz until the arrival of the Soviets.[29]

Helena Kubica, a researcher at the Auschwitz State Museum, subsequently confirmed this new function of Nyiszli’s as “eyewitness” to Mengele, making him a central figure of her 1997 article “Dr. Mengele und seine Verbrechen im Konzentrationslager Auschwitz-Birkenau” (Dr. Mengele and his crimes in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp).[30]

This aspect of Nyiszli’s memoir, though it has become predominant over the years, interests us here only marginally, particularly because I have demonstrated elsewhere the complete documentary vacuity of the accusations laid against Dr. Mengele, promoted to the rank of “Angel of Death” for the occasion.[31]

In this context no mainstream historian has taken into consideration the following fact which, from the perspective of holocaust historiography, should appear rather extraordinary. In the “Declaration” with which he begins his book, Nyiszli writes:

“As chief physician of the crematoria of Auschwitz, I drew up countless autopsy and forensic medical reports and signed them with my tattoo number. These documents were countersigned by my superior, Dr. Mengele, and then shipped by me to the address of the Institut für rassenbiologische und anthropologische Forschungen in Berlin-Dahlem, one of the world’s most illustrious medical centers. They should still be discoverable to this day in the archives of that great research institute.”

Returning to the subject in Chapter VIII, he adds:

“I sent countless such packages [i.e., of autopsy specimens] to Berlin-Dahlem during the course of my activity in the crematorium, and I received replies about them with exhaustive scientific commentary or instructions. I set up a separate dossier to keep the correspondence. In their letters to Dr. Mengele they always expressed their grateful appreciation for the rare material sent to them.”

On the basis of the descriptions in the book, it appears that Nyiszli would have performed at least 170 autopsies while at Auschwitz. The extraordinary fact, then, is simply that despite the “countless” autopsy reports written and signed by Nyiszli and the “countless” packages of biological material sent by him to the “Institut für rassenbiologische und anthropologische Forschungen in Berlin-Dahlem” (as he calls it in his “Declaration”),[32] there does not exist a single piece of paper in the documentary record bearing Nyiszli’s signature!

But there is another fact, no less extraordinary, which also is continually passed over in silence by Holocaust historians. At the Belsen trial in late 1945 the Romanian Jewish doctor Charles Sigismund Bendel claimed, just as Nyiszli would claim a few months later with the first publication of his book, to have been the doctor of the Sonderkommando for the Birkenau crematoria, starting, in his case, in August 1944.[33] Since Nyiszli, according to the account in his book,[34] was himself at the crematoria from May 1944 to January 1945, this means that the two doctors spent at least four months together in the same place, where they presumably saw the same things and lived through the same events, yet not only are they ignorant of one another, but they produced completely contradictory testimony with regard to these matters. I will take up this question in detail below in Part 4 Chapter 2.

A brief explanation may be in order here. After the arrival of the Soviets at Auschwitz, the prisoners remaining at the camp lived indiscriminately for more than three months beneath a propaganda bombardment from two official “inquests”—one Soviet, the other Polish—into the presumed extermination in the “gas chambers.”[35] In particular, the “eyewitnesses” remaining at the camp were able not only to consult with each other, but to examine locations, ruins and even building plans and other German documents, thus absorbing the official version of events which was then developing.

On the other hand, those prisoners evacuated from the camp ahead of time took with them the propaganda stories invented by the various resistance movements of the camp, without being able to benefit from these final “updates.” This helps to explain the substantial differences which exist between the statements of the first category of prisoners—those, to be clear, who were subjected to interrogation first by the Soviets and then by Judge Jan Sehn—and the statements of the second, in which Nyiszli and Bendel found themselves. Because the propaganda stories which circulated at Auschwitz were numerous and multifarious, and because none of them thus was able to impose itself as official “truth,”[36] each witness drew literary elements from the various strands available—a circumstance which in turn helps explain the fact that the testimonies of Nyiszli and Bendel are in complete mutual contradiction.

Very few books have struck the collective Holocaust imagination quite like Nyiszli’s, as is attested by its considerable publishing success: translations and reprintings have followed one another and continue to follow one another at an ever increasing pace. In the Bibliography to this study I present an overview of this publishing history, without any pretense of completeness, merely to demonstrate the amplitude of this remarkable phenomenon: apart from various re-editions of the Hungarian text, there abound translations into Italian, French, English, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Croatian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Arabic, Sinhalese and Romanian.

Nyiszli’s book has also inspired two films, Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone (2001) and László Nemes’s Saul fia (Son of Saul, 2015).

With regard to translations made directly from the Hungarian original, one of the best undoubtedly is the German Im Jenseits der Menschlichkeit: Ein Gerichtsmediziner in Auschwitz (Beyond humanity: a forensic doctor in Auschwitz),[37] which is supplemented as well by explanatory notes and an interesting appendix. Also worth mentioning is the Polish translation Byłem asystentem doktora Mengele: Wspomnienia lekarza z Oświęcimia (I was Dr. Mengele’s assistant: memories of a doctor at Auschwitz),[38] though more for the annotations by Franciszek Piper than for any fidelity to the Hungarian text.

Practically all of the more important translations of Nyiszli’s book made directly from the original text contain omissions and manipulations here and there. It is not the purpose of this study to make a systematic comparison, but in the translation of the book which follows I underline certain passages omitted from the “classic” translation of Tibère Kremer. Here it will suffice perhaps to mention, by way of example, a passage invariably omitted in all the translations that I’ve examined:[39]

“Three great men form and shape the character of the peoples of the world and ensure their future: Stalin! the genius leader of the Russian people, Roosevelt Franklin Delano, wise president of the United States, and Churchill, the British lion.”

I will provide further details on this theme in Part 5 Chapter 1.

The translations in question also allow themselves all too ample liberties in correcting, to a certain extent, Nyiszli’s peculiar technical terminology, especially as regards the Birkenau crematoria. This question will be analyzed further in Part 3 Chapter 2.1.

The documentation on Auschwitz has grown enormously since I published my original study of Nyiszli’s book in 1988 and now allows his testimony to be evaluated in a more thoroughgoing manner.

That said, his “testimony” at the IG-Farben trial, as I shall demonstrate in Part 2 Chapter 2, is already more than sufficient to get a quite clear and precise idea of the seriousness and reliability of this “eyewitness.”

* * *

In the translation of Dr. Mengele boncolóorvosa voltam az auschwitz-i krematóriumban which follows I have indicated in square brackets the original Hungarian text in various places where Nyiszli’s choice of words is particularly significant, and I have also let stand the innumerable question marks and exclamation marks with which the book is littered. Nyiszli’s prose abounds in elliptical expressions, which I have supplemented above all in those cases where the sense would otherwise be unclear, as well as in indeterminate subjects and sudden switches between tenses and singular and plural forms. To the extent that they do not impair comprehensibility, however, such apparent “blemishes” have been faithfully reproduced in the translation below. No attempt has been made to polish Nyiszli’s text; rather the goal at all times has been to reflect its true character, both in style and content, as accurately as possible, without omission or alteration.[40]

Wherever linguistic explanation is required for German terminology used by Nyiszli, I refer the reader to an apposite footnote. Terms and expressions in German and Latin are reproduced in the form, sometimes erroneous, in which they appear in the original text. As an aid to recognition, however, such foreign terms are printed in italics in the translation, a practice which Nyiszli does not follow in his book.

The translation is provided with essential explanatory notes only; all necessary additional analysis will be presented in the later parts of the study, Part 3 in particular. It will at all events be helpful for the reader to keep in mind that Nyiszli’s numbering of the Birkenau crematoria from I to IV, while not an error per se,[41] differs from the more familiar practice of numbering them from II to V (reserving I as the designation for the crematorium at the Auschwitz main camp).


Notes

[1] Copyright by Nyiszli Miklós, Oradea, Nagyvárad, 1946. Printed by “Grafica” Oradea. See Documents 1, 1a.
[2] Dr. Mengele boncolóorvosa voltam az auschwitz-i krematóriumban, Copyright by Világ, Debrecen, 1946. See Document 1b. For details of serial publication, see Huszár György “Magyar orvosok önéletrajzai” (Autobiographies of Hungarian doctors), Orvostörténeti Közlemények (Communicationes de historia artis medicinae) 32 (1987), p. 294.
[3] No. 65, March 1951, pp. 1654-1673 and no. 66, April 1951, pp. 1855-1886. In the title of the French text “Obersturmfuhrer” is spelled incorrectly, without an umlaut.
[4] Or rather, substantially complete. The Julliard edition omits Chapter 24 of the original text. See below.
[5] “Traduit et adapté du hongrois par Tibère Kremer” (Translated and adapted from the Hungarian by Tibère Kremer). Julliard, Paris, 1961.
[6] I will deal with this correspondence in Part 2 Chapter 3.
[7] Available, slightly abbreviated, in English translation in Paul Rassinier, Debunking the Genocide Myth: A Study of the Nazi Concentration Camps and the Alleged Extermination of European Jewry, The Noontide Press, Los Angeles, 1978; translated by Adam Robbins. In PDF format online at http://vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres/debunk.pdf.
[8] Edizioni La Sfinge, Parma, 1988.
[9] Medico ad Auschwitz, Longanesi, Milano, 1977.
[10] Provan “New Light on Dr. Miklos Nyiszli and His Auschwitz Book” The Journal for Historical Review 20.1 (2001), p. 29. Online at http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v20/v20n1p20_provan.html. See also Part 5 Chapter 2.2 below.
[11] Translated by Tibère Kremer and Richard Seaver, with a foreword by Bruno Bettelheim. Frederick Fell, New York, 1960. Although it preceded the “complete” 1961 Julliard edition in order of publication, this English edition is in fact a retranslation of Kremer’s French version, adapted (rather freely in places) by Seaver.
[12] Orvos voltam Auschwitzban (I was a doctor in Auschwitz). Irodalmi Könyvkiadó, Bucharest, 1964. See Document 1c.
[13] The Final Solution: The Attempt to Exterminate the Jews of Europe 1939-1945, Vallentine, Mitchell & Co., London, 1953, p. 151.
[14] Europäische Verlagsanstalt, Frankfurt am Main, 1979, pp. 64-73.
[15] Auschwitz présenté par Léon Poliakov. Julliard, Paris, 1973, pp. 46-48 and 62-65.
[16] L'Album d'Auschwitz: D'après un album découvert par Lili Meier survivante du camp de concentration. Editions du Seuil, Paris, 1983, p. 94.
[17] Interpress Publishers, Warsaw, 1978, p. 124.
[18] Bund Verlag, Cologne, 1980, pp. 78-81
[19] J.-C. Pressac, Auschwitz: Techinque and operation of the gas chambers. The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation, New York, 1989, pp. 474-475.
[20] See Part 5 Chapter 1.
[21] R.J. van Pelt, The Case for Auschwitz: Evidence from the Irving Trial. Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis, 2002, p. 445.
[22] Provan “New Light on Dr. Miklos Nyiszli and His Auschwitz Book,” op. cit. The anecdote about Zündel is related by Provan himself on p. 20 of his article.
[23] McGraw-Hill, New York, 1986.
[24] Idem, pp. 19-58.
[25] Idem, p. 354.
[26] Yisrael Gutman and Michael Berenbaum, eds. Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1994, pp. 157-182.
[27] Idem, p. 168.
[28] W. Długoborski and F. Piper, eds., Auschwitz, 1940-1945: Studien zur Geschichte des Konzentrations- und Vernichtungslagers Auschwitz. Verlag des Staatlichen Museums Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim, 1999; the Polish original appeared in 1995: Auschwitz 1940-1945: Węzłowe zagadnienia z dziejów obozu, Wydawnictwo Państowego Muzeum Oświęcim-Brzezinka, 1995.
[29] See Part 5 Chapter 1.
[30] Hefte von Auschwitz 20 (1997). Verlag des Staatlichen Museums Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim, 1997, pp. 369-455.
[31] Il dottor Mengele e i gemelli di Auschwitz. Effepi, Genoa, 2008. In English as, “Dr. Mengele's ‘Medical Experiments’ on Twins in the Birkenau Gypsy Camp” Inconvenient History 5.4 (2013), pp. 407-451 (translated by C.W. Porter). http://inconvenienthistory.com/archive/2013/volume_5/number_4/dr_mengeles_medical_experiments_on_twins.php.
[32] Later on, in Chapter VIII, Nyiszli speaks of “the Institute for Racial and Developmental Biology in Berlin-Dahlem,” with “developmental” (fejlődéstani) replacing “anthropological” (anthropologische) in his translation of the German name as presented in the “Declaration.” Both names, however, are wrong: the institute in question in fact was called the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Anthropologie, menschliche Erblehre und Eugenik (The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics). Curiously, given his implied complicity in Mengele’s alleged crimes, Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, director of the institute from 1942 onward, was not the subject of any judicial action, Allied or German, in the postwar period.
[33] R. Philips, ed., Trial of Josef Kramer and Forty-Four Others (The Belsen Trial). William Hodge and Company, London, 1949, pp. 130 ff. It is not clear from Bendel’s Belsen testimony when he left the crematoria, but later statements indicate that he remained there until the evacuation of the camp on January 17, 1945. See 4.2.2 below.
[34] See below, passim.
[35] The two inquests resulted, respectively, in the so-called Extraordinary State Commission report on Auschwitz, entered into evidence as document 008-USSR (often cited as USSR-8) at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg (IMT, XXXIX, pp. 241-262; in German) and Polish judge Jan Sehn’s report “Obóz koncentracyjny i zagłady Oświęcim” (Concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz) in Biuletyn Głównej Komisji Badania Zbrodni Niemieckich w Polsce, I, Poznań, 1946, pp. 63-130. The former is available in English translation in Soviet Government Statements on Nazi Atrocities, Hutchinson & Co., London, n.d. (1946?), pp. 283-300.
[36] I have presented an overview of these various literary strands in my study Auschwitz: 27 gennaio 1945-27 gennaio 2005: Sessant'anni di propaganda, Effepi, Genova, 2005. Available in English as Auschwitz 27 January 1945-27 January 2005: Sixty Years of Propaganda at https://jan27.org/sixty-years-by-carlo-mattogno/ (translated by Carlos Porter).
[37] Angelika Bihari, trans., Friedrich Herber, ed. Karl Dietz Verlag, Berlin, 1992.
[38] Tadeusz Olszański, trans., F. Piper, ed. Wydawnictwo Trio, Warsaw, 1996.
[39] M. Nyiszli, Dr. Mengele boncolóorvosa voltam az auschwitz-i krematóriumban, op. cit., p. 166. The various versions examined handle the passage as follows: Médecin à Auschwitz, op. cit., p. 242, omission not indicated; Im Jenseits der Menschlichkeit, op. cit., p. 151, omission indicated with ellipsis; Byłem asysyentem doktora Mengele, op. cit., p. 168, omission not indicated.
[40] Translator’s note: In preparing the English version of Nyiszli’s book below, the translator has consulted the original Hungarian text throughout to ensure that no inaccuracies creep into the translation as a result of working at a linguistic second remove. While following Mattogno’s Italian version in its strict concern for accuracy, the English version thus is not a mere retranslation, but is in effect a first-order translation in its own right, rigorously checked against the source material. The object, at all times, has been to reflect the content and character of Nyiszli’s writing as closely as possible. The same principle of consulting original texts is followed, wherever feasible, in the translation of other quoted material in later parts of the study as well.
[41] After the decommissioning of the original crematorium (I) in the Auschwitz main camp in July 1943, the newly built Birkenau crematoria (II-V) were in practice renamed with numbers I through IV, a fact reflected in various testimonies of the immediate postwar period. Modern scholarly practice, on the other hand, generally restores the original numbering. See Im Jenseits der Menschlichkeit, op. cit., p. 164, n. 28.
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Author(s) Carlo Mattogno, Nyiszli Miklós
Title I Was Dr. Mengele’s Forensic Pathologist in the Auschwitz Crematorium
Sources Miklos Nyiszli, Dr. Mengele boncolóorvosa voltam az auschwitz-i krematóriumban, Tipografia “Grafica” Oradea, Nagyvárad, 1946; serialized in Világ, Debrecen, 1947.
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