Meyer, Fritjof

In 2002 Meyer, a German mainstream journalist, published a semi-revisionist paper in a minor mainstream journal in which he “downgraded” Auschwitz not only by drastically reducing its alleged death toll, but also by decommissioning most of the homicidal gas chambers said to have been in operation in that camp. For this he drew fire from all side – by the orthodox for stepping over the line, and by revisionists for being neither fish nor flesh.

New ‘Official’ Changes in the Auschwitz Story

Since the end of World War II, authoritative claims about the character and scope of killings at the Auschwitz concentration camp have changed drastically. One particularly striking change concerns the various “official” estimates of the number of victims – a number that since 1945 has been steadily declining. Fritjof Meyer Today, more than half a…

So, Who Was Right, Then?

David Irving addresses the 13th IHR Conference, May 28, 2000. A commentary by David Irving, issued in Sept. 2002, on Fritjof Meyer’s May 2002 Osteuropa article. In January 1995 the French news magazine L’Express reported that Auschwitz staff now admitted that the gas-chamber known as “Krema [Crematorium] I” (the one still shown to visitors) had…

The International Auschwitz Controversy

John C. Zimmerman, “Fritjof Meyer and the number of Auschwitz victims: a critical analysis”, Journal of Genocide Research, 6(2) (2004), pp. 249–266. The controversy about the number of victims of the former German concentration camp Auschwitz, triggered in 2002 by senior editor Fritjof Meyer of Germany’s largest news magazine Der Spiegel, has reached international dimensions,…

On the Piper-Meyer-Controversy

1. Significance of the controversy In my article “The Four Million Figure of Auschwitz: Origin, Revisions, and Consequences,”[1] I concluded an analysis of the history and consequences of Franciszek Piper's revision of the Soviet propaganda figure of 4 million deaths at Auschwitz with the following words: “Thus this 'critical spirit' of the Auschwitz museum, who…

Just Call Me Meyer – A Farewell to “Obviousness”

In The Revisionist no. 1/2003, a series of articles on a new controversy over the death toll of the Auschwitz concentration camp was published under the title “Auschwitz: The Dwindling Death Toll” (pp. 18-37). This new controversy had been triggered by Fritjof Meyer, a leading journalist for Germany's largest news magazine Der Spiegel. In the…

Cautious Mainstream Revisionism

1. Political and Psychological Observations: “Number of Auschwitz Victims: New Insights from Recent Archival Discoveries” This is the title of an article by Fritjof Meyer which appeared in the German periodical Osteuropa in May of 2002.[5] According to the article, Meyer, born in 1932, is a “Diploma DHP, Diploma Political Scientist, and Diploma Economist.” The…

Auschwitz. Fritjof Meyer’s New Revisions

1. The Background In 1993, Jean-Claude Pressac published his second study on Auschwitz,[5] which provided even more grist to Revisionist mills than did his first study.[6] For this reason, Pressac's second book was devastated by Franciszek Piper, head of the history department of Auschwitz Museum, in a long and vicious review.[7] Piper's critique was a…

Auschwitz Lies

Untruths and propaganda abound when it comes to the WWII German labor camp near the Polish town Auschwitz. Here are just a few: French biochemist G.Wellers claimed he exposed The Leuchter Report as fallacious, but in truth he exposed only his own grotesque incompetence; Polish researcher Prof. J. Markiewicz said he proved that Zyklon B…

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