van Pelt, Robert J.

During the David Irving libel suit, van Pelt was asked by D. Lipstadt’s defense team to take on revisionist arguments about Auschwitz, for which he received a lot of publicity. Van Pelt published his expert report in a revised and expanded edition in 2002. An analysis of his writings shows that, to a large degree, he plagiarized Pressac’s work, yet without really comprehending the issues involved.

Robert Jan van Pelt: The Case for Auschwitz

British historian David Irving was viciously smeared by the media after his testimony at the 1988 Ernst Zündel false-news trial in Toronto. As part of the smear campaign against Irving, Deborah Lipstadt writes in her book Denying the Holocaust that “on some level Irving seems to conceive himself as carrying on Hitler’s legacy.” David Irving filed a libel suit against Deborah Lipstadt in British courts to attempt to end these and other similar statements. Canadian-Jewish architectural historian Robert Jan van Pelt was hired by Lipstadt’s defense team to act as an expert witness for Lipstadt’s defense. Van Pelt wrote for this trial a 700-page report addressing the historical and forensic evidence for the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He subsequently wrote the book, The Case for Auschwitz, which presents the bulk of the evidence he submitted in his expert report for this trial. This article discusses some weaknesses in van Pelt’s research which was designed to discredit David Irving’s views of the “Holocaust.”

Jan Van Pelt Zyklon B Nonsense

In this 14 minute video, Jim Rizoli demolishes the fantasy promoted by Robert van Pelt, a so-called "Holocaust" expert. Van Pelt claims that in the homocidal "gas chamber" the Nazis had installed wire mesh cages in order to prevent the victims from kicking the Zyclon B around or even pushing the Zyclon B back out…

The Case For Auschwitz

The Case For Auschwitz, by Robert Jan van Pelt, Indiana University Press Bloomington, IN 2002. 570 pp., with notes, bibliography, indexed. It is strange that an event, or rather a series of events that have marked the history of the 20th century perhaps more strongly than any other with the possible exception of the annihilation…


Since end of January 2000, a fascinating libel case is being held in a London court: The British author David Irving has sued American Professor Deborah Lipstadt for libel. Irving didn’t like being labeled as a Holocaust denier and a writer who, as Lipstadt states in her book Denying the Holocaust, deliberately distorts facts about…

A Holocaust Expert Moves from Moral Certainty toward Open Debate

The Case for Auschwitz: Evidence from the Irving Trial by Robert Jan van Pelt. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Index, bibliography, illustrations. Samuel Crowell is the pseudonym of a graduate of the University of California (Berkeley). There he studied philosophy, foreign languages (including German, Polish, Russian, and Hungarian), and modern European history. Crowell…

From the Trial Proceedings

IHR Journal Provides ‘Wake Up Call’ January 25, p. 23 Judge Gray: What puzzles me about this is that one of the documents Mr. Irving just handed in says that this further Polish or Auschwitz investigation has been published in the summer 1991 Journal of Historical Review. [“An Official Polish Report on the Auschwitz ‘Gas…

Flawed Documentary of Execution Expert

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) Genre: Documentary film. Length: 1 hr. 31 min. MPAA Rating: “PG-13” (www. mrdeath. net). Starring: Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., David Irving, James Roth, Shelley Shapiro, Suzanne Tabasky, Robert-Jan Van Pelt, Ernst Zündel. Director: Errol Morris ( Producers: Dorothy Aufiero, David Collins, Michael Williams….

The 2004 Cremonini-Prize

When the first Cremonini-Prize was awarded[1], I discussed with Doktorand Germar Rudolf and the Committee suitable nominees for the next Prize. Of course, Deborah Lipstadt[2] was a prime nominee, but there were others such as the Gentile Eberhard Jaeckel[3], the Jewish sect Rabbis Marvin Hier and Michael Berenbaum[4] , and the mentally ill Elie Wiesel[5]….

World War I Atrocity Propaganda and the Holocaust

Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, a professor of architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada), has undoubtedly written one of the most important anti-Holocaust revisionist tomes ever penned.[1] Revisionist academic Samuel Crowell put his finger on the reasons as to why The Case for Auschwitz: Evidence from the Irving Trial is such an important work:[2]…

Van Pelt’s Plea against Sound Reasoning

Robert Jan van Pelt, The Case for Auschwitz. Evidence from the Irving Trial, Indiana University Press, Bloomington/Indianapolis 2002, 464 pp., $45.-. Introduction I bought the Van Pelt book because of my interest in the drawings and details of the alleged triple-mesh columns axonometrically reconstructed on pages 194-208, planning to focus on these in order to…

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