Irving v. Lipstadt


Holocaust Denial on Trial, Statement of Mark David Bateman: Electronic Edition, by Mark David Bateman

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C. Dummy shower heads

Rudolf's argument focuses on only one aspect of the evidence of Yehuda Bakon, an Israeli artist, whose drawings included the inside of gas chambers, Rudolf does not deal with Bakon's evidence that there were wire mesh columns (see further below) or that the temperature of the gas chambers was warm (not, as Leuchter alleged, cold).
Van Pelt explains and puts in context the plan (around May 1943) to use the heat generated in the waste incinerator of crematorium III, then under construction, for 100 showers in the 'undressing room' there; he also explains why and when that plan was dropped. It is common ground (Rudolf page 23) that the plan to have genuine showers in morgue 2 of crematorium III was "planned, but not carried out". But Rudolf attempts no explanation of the intention to put 100 hot-water showers in a room which, according to one of his assertions (see M below), was to be used for undressing corpses.
In order to support his argument, Rudolf relies on an inventory (attached to a document of 31 March 1943), which includes 14 genuine shower heads for morgue 1. But Rudolf ignores two other highly significant items on the inventory:
  • a gas tight door, with a spy-hole of double 8mm glass with a rubber seal and a metal fitting.
  • Four "wire mesh introduction devices" -- "Drahtnetzeinschiebvorrichtungen" -- and four wooden covers or lids -- "Holzblenden" (see further D below).
Rudolf does not explain what purpose those features would have served in a shower-room (nor, conversely, why, if it was in truth a room for delousing corpses -- see A above and N below -- it needed showers).
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