Victims

To the impartial observer, a testimony by an individual who belonged to a group allegedly targeted by the Nazis for extermination does not always sound absolutely convincing, but who would wish to insinuate that those who had such terrible experiences during the war are not telling the truth? In the eyes of the public, the Holocaust survivors have become sanctified, indubitable, and irreproachable. It is precisely in this respect that skepticism, criticism and scrutiny have become most important. This section deals with persons who were on the side of the alleged victims and who either confirmed or denied the claimed events – or sometimes both. What are these testimonies worth?

Different strokes for different folks…so stroke this

Here is how Stuart Kahan describes his uncle, Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich, in his memoir The Wolf of The Kremlin [William Morrow: New York, 1987, pp. 14f.]: “…Stalin's closest confidant, the chairman of the Soviet Presidium, the man who set up the amalgamation of the state security forces that later became the infamous KGB, the man…

The German Justice System

For a short time during the war, Gottfried Weise was a German guard in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Was he therefore automatically a subhuman not deserving to be heard? Gottfried Weise asserted that he did not do anything evil in these months, and ten former internees who could remember Weise confirmed this. However, two other…

The Wiesenthal Files: What the Documents Reveal about Simon Wiesenthal’s Past, Part 1

Chapter 1: Simon Wiesenthal's War Years: New Doubts Simon Wiesenthal is the world's most famous “Nazi”-hunter. His claim to have brought Adolf Eichmann and more than a thousand other Third-Reich “war criminals” to justice has become the stuff of popular myth, familiar to tens of millions through his own writings as well as through fictionalized…

The Treblinka Holocaust

“Achieving our quest of a 'new world order' depends on our learning the Holocaust's lessons.”—Ian J. Kagedan[2] 1. The Demjanjuk Trial and Treblinka[1] 1.1. Background of the Demjanjuk Trial In the days of the Soviet Union, the American immigrants from Ukraine were split into two factions, one of which was favorably disposed towards Moscow. At…

Witnesses to the Gas Chambers of Auschwitz

1. Summary[*] Eyewitness testimony must always be verified. There are two essential means of verifying such testimony in criminal cases: confronting the account with the material elements (in particular, with expertise as to the crime weapon), and the detailed cross-examination of the witness on what he/she purports to have seen. Thus, in the proceedings where…

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