Irving v. Lipstadt


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

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L. Holes in the roof of morgue 1 at crematorium 2

  • Rudolf pages 251-282
  • van Pelt Pages 132-133
  • (and Apex to van Pelt. the 23-page Report of Keren, McCarthy and Mazal, confirmed by letter of 11th March 2001 from Paul Zucchi)
  • Judgment J7.70-7.71, 7.92, 7.120, 13.83
  • Libson paragraphs 45-49
  • Bateman paragraphs 71-79
There is nothing new in this section. Irving pursued this vigorously at trial, with the assistance (he said) of architectural consultants.
Rudolf claims that the holes in the roof did not exist because they were not in the blueprints and there is no material, documentary or reliable witness evidence supporting the claim that there were introduction holes/devices in morgue 1 of crematoria II and III. However, there is nothing in his witness statement to undermine the convergence of evidence, established by the Defendants at trial, all of which tended to show that such holes had existed (including eye-witness evidence, near-contemporary drawings by survivors, photographs taken during construction and aerial photographs taken before the SS destroyed the crematoria).
In any event, there is now convincing archaeological evidence of the holes in the roof of morgue I of crematorium 11: see the Report of Keren and others, annexed to Van Pelt's report (pages 11-19 especially). Their detailed analysis of the on-site remains (conducted in June 1998, June-July 2000 and October 2000) showed physical evidence for the existence of square holes in the roof. One particularly telling factor is the reinforcing bar (or 'rebar', a criss-cross of steel rods inside the concrete of which the roof was made), which, at the site of the holes, is absent and is cut cleanly around and hooked inwards at the edges of the holes (see in particular page 11 -- and see (g) on page 20) Moreover, the holes are sited precisely where, according to eye-witness testimony, the near-contemporary drawings of Olere and Bakon and the contemporary SS and Allied aerial photographs, they should be.
As noted above, the wire mesh introduction devices mentioned by eye-witnesses are listed on the inventory attached to the transfer agreement of 31 March 1943 (morgue I -- 4 wire-mesh introduction devices and four wooden lids): Van Pelt page 133.
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