Allies Tortured Kurt Gerstein to Extract False Confession

 

Holocaust deniers say:

The facts about Gerstein’s death and the disposition of his body are uncertain.

Paul Rassinier, a French Holocaust denier, states that no one knows when or where Gerstein died, how he died or what became of his body. He claims that Gerstein was probably tortured by his French and American interrogators to get his "confession" about German atrocities against the Jews during which process he may have died. His interrogators then secretly disposed of his body to hide the marks of torture. The secret disposal of his body also made it impossible for anyone to refute their story of his "suicide." 1

The facts about Gerstein’s death

All this information was forwarded by letter from the commandant of the prison to various French officials on October 26, 1945. The letter noted that Gerstein had "voluntarily taken his own life by hanging" and that the cause of death was a "visible furrow on the neck of the subject and the position in which the body was found." The autopsy report prepared by an independent French police coroner confirming the commandant’s original observations was attached to the letter.3
A separate report written by the commander added more details to his account in his October 26, 1945 summary letter:

No mystery about Gerstein's death

There is no "mystery" about the circumstances of the discovery of Gerstein’s body or of its disposition. Let us look at what we know:
Gerstein was alone in his cell. The last time he was interrogated was 15 days before, so it is unlikely that he died in the middle of an interrogation at the hands of brutal Allied torturers intent on forcing a false confession out of him and then they did nothing with his body for two weeks. According to the independent police coroner, there was no evidence of murder or torture. All of the evidence points overwhelmingly to the fact that Gerstein, despondent over being charged with war crimes instead of being treated like a star witness, killed himself.

Conclusion

Rassinier deliberately misleads his readers about the facts of Gerstein’s death in order to try to indict the Allies in a sinister plot of forgery, torture, murder and cover-up with the ultimate aim of discrediting Gerstein’s eyewitness testimony.
Rassinier’s speculations are not evidence-they are speculation. There was no cover up. His body was handled according to standard police procedures, after which his remains were buried in a local French cemetery.

Notes

1. Paul Rassinier, Debunking the Genocide Myth (Chapter Thirteen: Witness, Testimonies, and Documents) at http://www.ihr.org/books/rassinier/debunking2-13.html, pp. 14/36 through 21/36. This is the internet version of his original title, The Drama of the European Jews (Steppingstones Publications, 1975).
2. Gerstein’s body was buried mistakenly under the name 'Gastein.’ It was never corrected and that part of the cemetery was razed in 1956.
3. Georges Wellers, "The Existence of Gas Chambers, The Number of Victims and the Korherr Report" in The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania, edited by Serge Klarsfeld (Beate Klarsfeld Foundation, 1978), pp. 124-126.
4. Ibid., p. 125.
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