Where are the teeth that once belonged to that multitude of incineration victims

 

The Holocaust Deniers Say:

If about 1.8 million people had been murdered in the death camps of Operation Reinhard there would be millions of teeth in the mass graves: at least 28 million at Treblinka, 8 million at Sobibor, and 19 million at Belzec.1

NAFCASH (National Association of Forensic Criminologists, Archaeologists, Skeptics and Historians), a Holocaust denial website which offers $100,000 to anyone who can prove there are mass graves in Treblinka, asserts that "not even a single tooth out an alleged 27 million!" has ever been found.
Am American Holocaust denier also notes that ". . . the teeth of the supposed victims could not have been destroyed by the primitive methods attested to . . . Even if each of the alleged victims had only 20 of the usual 32 teeth left at the time he or she died, there would have been at least 17.5 million teeth to be disposed of at Treblinka. This means that we should still be able to find some 5 teeth per cubic foot of the 3.53 million cubic feet of material excavated at the alleged site of the crime." 2
What we know about the destruction of teeth by fire
The destruction of teeth by fire is a matter of professional interest to forensic dentists involved in the identification of bodies. A study conducted by German forensic dentists in 2001 found the following:
In the mass incinerations in the camps it is possible that a few of the sturdier back teeth of adults might have remained in the ashes along with some larger remnants of bone. However, these teeth would be cracked, weakened or fallen from the jaw and could have been destroyed relatively easily in the bone crushing process. Certainly, the milk teeth of babies and the teeth of children (which made up a large percentage of the victims) would have been largely destroyed in the fire.
Have teeth been found in the camps?
Surprisingly, some teeth have been found. The various investigative bodies that surveyed the camps after the war and modern day investigations found traces of intact teeth, most specifically in Belzec, which has been subject to the most forensic scrutiny in the last decade and for which detailed reports exist:
Why have not the remains of more teeth been found by investigators?
There are several reasons why we cannot find the "millions" of intact teeth:
We will never know how many teeth may still be in the graves and surface sand of the camps without digging up every single cubic meter of ground to the depth of 25 feet across many acres at each of the camp sites. It is unreasonable to expect that every cubic meter of ground should be dug up and sifted for evidence of teeth in these camps-even if it were possible given that these graves are the final resting place of some 1.8 million souls.
Conclusion
The Holocaust deniers erroneously base their arguments on a false speculation: That human teeth cannot be destroyed by fire or crushed into dust.
The fact that millions of teeth are not immediately visible in the graves is not proof of the Holocaust deniers’ arguments that the camps were only transit camps, but is rather a terrible testament to the efficiency of the incineration process and the ruthless desire of the Germans to obliterate their crimes.

Notes

1. See NAFCASH website at .
2. See Clip 18: "Physical Evidence, Part" at www.onethirdoftheholocaust.com.
3. Klaus Rotzscher, Claus Grundmann, Sven Benthaus, "The effects of high temperatures on human teeth and dentures: Conclusions regarding the degree on destruction and the influence of time," Journal of Dentistry and Oral Medicine, No. 6(1), 2004 at . Warning: This study contains color photographs.
4. "Cremation" in Wikipedia ("Burning and ashes collection") at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cremation.
5. "Protokoll der Leichenschau" (Report of Coroner), October 13, 1945. ZStL, 252/59, vol. I, pp. 1123f. Translated into English by Carlo Mattogno in Belzec in Propaganda, Testimonies, Archaeological Research, and History (Theses & Dissertations Press, 2004), p. 80.
6. Kola’s report was written in Polish but you may read the English translation of portions of it and see the detailed map of the mass graves found on the site and the meticulous diagrams of the dimensions and contents of the mass graves at: http://holocaustcontroversies.blogspot.com/2006/05/carlo-mattogno-on-belzec.html.
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