80,000 People Cannot Be Buried In A Grave The Size Of A Henhouse

 

Holocaust deniers say:

It is impossible that the Germans "buried roughly the equivalent to the stadium spectators of the Rose Bowl game" (about 80,000 people) in an area corresponding to the "size of a henhouse." 1

An American Holocaust denier claims, in a video about Sobibor, that Karl Frenzel, a brutal killer in the camp, was convicted based on flimsy evidence about this impossibly tiny grave.

The same faulty assumptions

The denier’s calculations about the size and volume of the mass graves at Sobibor are based on the same faulty assumptions as those he cobbled together for Belzec and Treblinka:
The area he calculates that would be required for each body is not representative of the average size or mass of the victim in these camps.
These assertions were dismantled in the previous article (See "Eyewitnesses Unreliable").

Further evidence about the mass graves in Sobibor

An investigation called the Sobibor Archeological Project is currently underway to reconstruct the plan of the camp. So far, they have confirmed the existence of at least seven mass graves and the location of the gas chamber building.4

Conclusion

Legal and modern forensic evidence show that the videomaker’s insinuations that the mass graves in Sobibor were about the same size as a "hen house" on the site are false. He employs the same faulty assumptions he used when calculating the capacity of the mass graves in Belzec and Treblinka. The facts are that there was plenty of room for both the graves and the incineration grills.

Notes

1. See Episode 13: Sobibor Burial Space at http://www.onethirdoftheholocaust.com. In Sobibor, approximately 80,000 bodies were buried before the burning of the corpses began to take place after each gassing. The bodies of those murdered in the camp after the Germans began burning the buried bodies were cremated immediately.
2. See http://holocaustcontroversies.blogspot.com/2007/06/meet-karl-frenzel-1.html.
3. "Archeologists find mass graves of Sobibor Nazi death camp," Ha’aretz (English edition), November 24, 2001 at http://www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/Sobibor/graves_found.html;"Mass Graves Confirm Sobibor Holocaust," The Scotsman, November 26, 2001 at http://www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/Sobibor/Scotsman.html and Andrzej Stlinski, "Polish researchers find mass graves at former Nazi death camp of Sobibor," Associated Press, November 23, 2001 at http://www.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/camps/aktion.reinhard/sobibor/ftp.py?camps/aktion.reinhard/sobibor//press/Graves_found.011123".
4. Press Release, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, "Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Archaeologist Unearths New Findings at Sobibor Death Camp." November 13, 2007.
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