Smoke And Soot Can't Kill

 

Holocaust deniers say:

The black smoke and soot in diesel exhaust, according to Friedrich Berg, an American Holocaust denier, would have ". . . annoyed the hell out of any group of intended victims, but would have given them nothing worse than a headache." 1

As further proof that diesel engine exhaust cannot kill a human being, Berg states that "there are no known Diesel suicides . . ." 2
Berg is incorrect on both counts.
In 1998 a man in the United Kingdom committed suicide in his diesel-powered car:

Conclusion

The heavy smoke and soot in diesel engine exhaust can kill. While it is highly unlikely that smoke and soot would have been the sole cause of death in the gas vans and gas chambers it could have been a contributing factor taken together with the carbon monoxide, lack of oxygen, and several other toxic gases in diesel exhaust.

Notes

1. Friedrich Berg, "The Diesel Gas Chambers: Myth within a Myth," p. 13/19 at http://vho.org/GB/Journals/JHR/5/1/Berg15-46.html".
2. Friedrich Berg, "Diesel Gas Chambers: Ideal for Torture-Absurd for Murder, Part 2," p. 2/15 at http://www.nazigassings.com/dieselgaschamberb.html and Friedrich Berg, "Poison Gas Über Alles" at www.nazigassings.com/poisongas.html, p. 7/12.
3. H. H. Schrenk and L.B. Berger, "Composition of Diesel engine Exhaust Gas, American Journal of Public Health and the Nation’s Health, V31 (7), July 1941, p. 677. You can find the entire article at http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1531320".
4. Eugen Kogon, Hermann Langbein, and Adalbert Rückerl, editors, Nazi Mass Murder: A Documentary History of the Use of Poison Gas (Yale University Press, 1994), p. 61.
5. S. Sivaloganathan, "Death from diesel fumes," Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine (1998) 5, 138-139 at http://www.vho.org/GB/c/FPB/1DeathbyDiesel.gif.
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