Irving v. Lipstadt


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

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E. Preheating the morgue

Rudolf suggests that van Pelt was wrong to suggest that the reference to pre-heating in the letter of 6 March 1943 (Trial File K2, tab 4, page 39, in German) was to speed up the killing process (since Zyklon-B operates more quickly in higher temperatures). But Rudolf's criticism ignores many facts about the letter: why is pre-heating raised so late, if it was a standard feature; why did the initiative come from Topf (which was concerned with incinerators and ventilators) rather than from the architects; why was the request so urgent; and why was the discussion about "pre-heating" not "heating".
As is made clear from Van Pelt's summary at pages 61-65, Rudolf's arguments about the gas chambers of crematoria II and III can only be maintained by ignoring a vast amount of other evidence.