Poland's cold and snowy weather would have inhibited the incineration process

 

The Holocaust Deniers Say:

Snow, wind and rain would have slowed down or stopped the process of incinerating bodies. There is no evidence that the Germans attempted to protect the grills from the elements with either roofs or walls.

An American Holocaust denier claims that:
He goes on to claim that since the accounts of the incineration process never mentioned a roof over or wall around the grills, the weather would have made the incinerations impossible.
Poland’s Climate
Poland has a temperate climate, which means it has distinct seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter. The summers can be hot with temperatures sometimes as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the winters can be cold with temperatures below zero. Annual precipitation (rain and snow) averages about 18 to 24 inches in the southeastern lowlands (where the Operation Reinhard camps were located). That is 1.5 inches to 2 inches of precipitation a month on average. It tends to rain more often in the summer than snow in the winter. The average winds range between 4 and 22 miles per hour. 2
Thus, the claim that it rained or snowed so much that mass incineration would have been impossible does not hold up to the climatic facts.
How might rain and snow have affected the mass incinerations?
We cannot know precisely what the weather was in southeastern Poland in late fall/early winter 1942 and winter/spring 1943. However, the Germans did not have to conduct mass incinerations continuously. If we assume that it rained or snowed 20% of the time as the climate statistic shows then:
As a final note, Foot and Mouth Disease struck the cattle population in Great Britain throughout 2001. Possibly as many as 6,000,000 carcasses had to be destroyed or buried quickly. Some were buried while others were burned on open air pyres. 5 Great Britain is not known for its sunny, dry climate yet none of the news accounts or scientific or governmental reports on the disposal process discuss or show roofs over or walls around the burning pits. There is no evidence that the process was substantially impeded by the weather.
What about a roof over the pyres? Would it have helped? Was it necessary?
Further, the Germans were in a big hurry. They did not have time to build whole buildings around the fires, use "special alloy rails," rig up adjustable grills or provide walls around or roofs over the grills. They needed to get it done and get out of there. Complicating the job would only have extended it and perhaps even made it impossible.
What about the wind?
Deniers argue that a bonfire on the beach would surrender much of its heat to the wind lengthening the time, decreasing the efficiency and making the need for firewood more.
However, what effect would wind have on incineration fires that covered about 66 square meters (710 square feet)? What would a little wind do to a fire this hot (between 800 and 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit or more) and big, where the flames leaped 30 feet into the air? It was just as likely that it would help it along, just as happens in forest fires.
An American Holocaust denier claims that experts get better results with a firewall. 6 But the incineration fires were> built into pits that provided wind protection for the fuel source. In fact, the very model he claims shows that there were no pits under them to protect the fire when examined more closely shows that they do.
Conclusion

Notes

1. See Clip 15: "Rain, Wind, Fire and Ice" at www.onethirdoftheholocaust.com.
2. "Geography of Poland" at ; "Poland: Climate" at http://travel.poland.com/texts/en/t-ap-2.php; "Poland" at .
3. Robin O’Neil, Belzec: Prototype for the Final Solution at (Chapter 10).
4. For more in-depth information on this topic see Roberto Muehlenkamp, "It’s Raining Empty Claims . . . " at .
5. Derek Brown, "Foot and mouth: Guardian Unlimited’s midday update," April 27, 2001 at ; "Foot and Mouth Disease in Cumbria-2001" at ; "Burial to replace burning of cattle," BBC News Online: UK, March 31, 2001 at .
6. See Clip 15: "Rain, Wind, Fire and Ice" at www.onethirdoftheholocaust.com.
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