Diesel Engines Simply Were Not Appropriate Murder Devices

 

Holocaust deniers say:

The idea of having used diesel engine exhaust to murder 1.5 million Jews in the gas vans and the gas chambers of the three death camps of Operation Reinhard in southeastern Poland is "idiotic" and "simply incredible." 1

In 1984, Friedrich Berg, an American Holocaust denier, published an article in which he argued that diesel engine exhaust cannot kill a human being. Berg boasts that his conclusions mean that "as the Diesel myth falls, so falls the entire extermination story" and that his essay puts "the holocaust monster to its final, well-deserved rest . . ." 2

How carbon monoxide kills

Before we can examine the evidence about whether diesel engine exhaust can produce enough carbon monoxide in its exhaust to kill people, we need to understand how carbon monoxide kills. What is it and how does it work?

What is a diesel engine? How is it different from a gasoline engine?

Both diesel engines and gasoline engines convert fuel into energy through a series of small explosions or combustions. The major difference between diesel and gasoline engines is the way these explosions happen.

Conclusion

Carbon monoxide is deadly in very small concentrations-as little as 4/10 of one percent (0.4%) or 4,000 parts in 1,000,000.
Although diesel engines do produce less carbon monoxide in their exhaust than do gasoline engines, they are equally as deadly as we will see in Part 2 of this series.

Notes

1. Friedrich Berg, "Pat Buchanan and the Diesel Exhaust Controversy," p. 3/6 at http://www.nazigassings.com/PatBuchanan.htm and Friedrich Berg, "The Diesel Gas Chambers: Myth within a Myth," p. 1/19 at http://vho.org/GB/journals/JHR/5/1/Berg15-46.html.
2. Berg, "Pat Buchanan and the Diesel Exhaust Controversy," p. 5/6 and Friedrich Berg, "Diesel Gas Chambers: Ideal for Torture-Absurd for Murder, Part 1, p. 1/17 at http://www.nazigassings.com/dieselgaschambera.html.
3. "Carbon Monoxide," Rutgers University with National Transit Institute at http://165.230.194.195/documents/NTI_36300_f_sheet_carbon.pdf.
4. Friedrich Berg, "Diesel Gas Chambers: Ideal for Torture-Absurd for Murder, Part 1, p. 10/19.
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