Irving v. Lipstadt

Appeal

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

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M. Undressing rooms

Rudolf's claims in this section (that morgue 2 of crematoria II and III was to be used for undressing corpses) are taken out of context (as shown by van Pelt pages 134-5). There is ample evidence that corpses of those who had died elsewhere in Birkenau were taken naked to the crematorium; Rudolf ignores this and the rest of the context. The change in description of "Leichenkeller 2" (morgue 2) to "Auskleidekeller" dates from early 1943, which coincides with other significant changes in design: for example, documents on pre-heating morgue I; the order for gas detectors; excess capacity for burning corpses (thus obviating the need to store them); the removal of the corpse-slide and its replacement by stairs on the other side of the building; the change in the way the doors of morgue 1 opened from inwards to outwards; the spy-hole with a protective metal grille in the door of morgue 1; the provision of four wire-mesh introduction devices with wooden covers for morgue 1; the description of morgue 1 in Bischoffs letter of 29 January 1943 as the "Vergasungskeller" (gassing cellar); and the plan to provide the "Auskleidekeller" (morgue 2) with 100 hot-water showers.