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Holocaust Denial on Trial, Skeleton Argument of the Claimant (long): Electronic Edition, by Adrian Davies

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1. Morgue 1 at Crematorium II

150. The Defendants' case is that mass gassings were carried out at this site. The alleged modus operandi of the SS was to insert Zyklon B pellets through four holes in the roof to poison the unfortunates locked in the gas chamber below. Irving's principal objective in relation to the Auschwitz aspect of the trial was to discredit this theory, by showing that there never were any holes in the roof.
151.At 13.81 Gray J says:--
"as the trial progressed, the emphasis of Irving's case on Auschwitz appeared to shift from the absence of cyanide in the brick and plaster to the roof of Morgue 1 at Crematorium II."
152.This statement is totally wrong. On the very first day Irving insisted on showing the court a video of Van Pelt on the roof of Morgue I, and drew the Court's attention to Van Pelt's statement that beneath that slab the worst atrocities ever committed against man had been done by the Nazis. That this was the epicentre of atrocity, a factory of death, etc.
153.Re: 13.83: "It is unclear how much of the roof can be seen in the photograph on which Irving relies. The roof is in a bad state, so that it is hard to tell if there were holes in it."
154.The fact remains that Van Pelt in his own report says that the holes are not in that roof now, and was driven to guess that they were invisibly filled in by the Nazis. It is not possible to fill in holes of the postulated dimensions without leaving traces.
155.Re: 13.84: "The apparent absence of evidence of holes in the roof of morgue at Crematorium II falls far short of being a good reason for rejecting the cumulative effect of the evidence."
156.This is an astonishing finding. The roof is still there and has no holes in it, but because the cumulative convergent evidence presented by the Defendants' experts in London suggests that there are holes, the evidence of the concrete roof is ignored. Irving three times challenged the Defendants: "go and find the holes, and I will halt the case." The Times of 12 April 2000 reports that the Auschwitz authorities went to look for the holes. No report of their findings was put before the Court. If the Court of Appeal is minded to grant Irving leave to appeal, he will in due course seek letters rogatory to the competent Polish court for the production of the undisclosed report.
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