Irving v. Lipstadt


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

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Q. Coke consumption and crematory capacity

There is nothing new in this section. Irving cross-examined van Pelt at trial extensively about coke consumption and crematory capacity.
Rudolf is wrong about the Topf patent application (Trial File K2, tab 4, pages 6-18, in German), which was based on experience with the Auschwitz ovens and referred to human corpses (van Pelt page 207).
As for the 28 June 1943 letter (Trial File K2, tab 4, page 49), it gives a straightforward account of incineration capacity. Even if wrong (as a matter of fact), its significance lies in showing what the SS anticipated. The calculation shows, by reference to camp numbers, morgue and incineration capacity that it was an extermination camp. Van Pelt demonstrated this in his evidence at trial (pages 212-213).
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