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CLAIM: The crematory ovens at Auschwitz-Birkenau were inoperable for long periods of time due to maintenance and breakdown, thereby reducing the number of bodies that could be burned in total.
RESPONSE: the ovens did suffer breakdowns and they did need maintenance. The use of some ovens was discontinued by German decision and others were destroyed in a prisoner uprising. However, when there were more bodies than could be burned in the crematoria, the Germans used open air pits which could burn thousands of bodies at once.
Trial transcripts, expert witness documents and other material used in Irving vs. Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt have been encoded in XML using the TEI Guidelines, and made available for scholarly research and educational purposes.
- Collection: Learning Tools
- subset: Myth/Fact Sheets
- object: Cremation
- Irving, David John Cawdell, 1938-.
- Gas chambers Poland Oświęcim.
- Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945).
Dan Leshem encoder, Beck Center staff