Documents Proving The Existence of the Gas Vans Are Forged

 

Holocaust deniers say:

Documents that explicitly discuss the construction and use of gas vans are "not credible" and of "dubious" origin.

Ingrid Weckert, a German Holocaust denier, states that a detailed letter about the existence and use of the gas vans in the East is a forgery created by the Allies for the International Military Tribunal for the Trial of German Major War Criminals in 1945/46.1

Documentation about the gas vans

A key piece of evidence about the existence and use of the gas vans is a letter from August Becker to Walther Rauff, the official who managed the gas vans program in Berlin, dated May 16, 1942. Rauff had sent Becker to the East to investigate problems relating to the gas vans and report back to him. In an attempt to discredit the letter Weckert cites an affidavit Rauff gave to his American captors in 1945. In it he claimed that:
Weckert claims that Becker’s letter is a forgery because Rauff was not the head of the gas van program.
She also fails to report Becker’s direct references to the execution of people in the gas vans: " place of execution ," " persons to be executed ," " the application of gas " and " distorted faces and excretions ." It is not hard to understand why Rauff should want to absent himself from direct responsibility for the gas vans while in the hands of the Americans.
However in 1972, Rauff gave another affidavit in the German embassy in Santiago, Chile2 on behalf of one of his colleagues then on trial in Germany. Chile had refused to extradite Rauff to Germany many times before and he did not fear that possibility in 1972. The affidavit was proofed and signed by him.
In his second statement, Rauff said:
Weckert does not mention Rauff’s second affidavit at all.
The entire text of Rauff’s deposition is available at http://www2.ca.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/people/r/rauff.walter/Rauff-deposition-translation.
Weckert also questions the authenticity of the 1942 Willy Just letter to Walter Rauff by challenging its contents. She claims that it does not "prove" that the " load " or " merchandise " was people.3 However:
A final piece of evidence reinforces the authenticity of the letters. Otto Ohlendorf, the head of Einsatzgruppe D in the East, testified at the International Military Tribunal for the Trial of German Major War Criminals in 1945/46. Ohlendorf stated that:
Ohlendorf’s testimony is available at http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/imt/tgmwc/tgmwc-03/tgmwc-03-26-04.html, Part 4 of 15.

Conclusion

The letters about the gas vans are not "uncertain" or "dubious" and they are not forged. The Holocaust deniers fail to tell their readers the whole story. The testimonies of the men who designed, built and used the gas vans corroborate the information in them.

Notes

1. Ingrid Weckert, "The Gas Vans: A Critical Assessment of the Evidence," pp. 14/34 and Section 3.1 "Nuremberg Document PS-501" at http://www.vho.org/GB/Books/dth/fndwagon.html.
2. Rauff was captured by the Americans in Italy. He escaped their custody and fled to Damascus, Syria. From there he moved on to Ecuador and finally settled in Chile, where he worked as the manager of a king crab cannery until his death in 1984. Weckert characterizes this chain of events as Rauff’s "emigrating" to Chile. (Weckert, "Gas Vans," p. 16/34.)
3. Weckert, "Gas Vans," p. 22/34.
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