The “holocaust” story connected with the narrative of World War 2 is often claimed to be “the most thoroughly documented fact in all of history.” It turns out, however, that there are a number of prima facie reasons to question the official narrative. Here, I want to succinctly list a couple dozen reasons why I have become open to holocaust research. Number 1 is what opened my mind to the possibility; the rest are based on my preliminary scan of the state of affairs over the course of the last 3 or 4 years. I speak not as a professional historian, but as it were, a Grand Jury member applying common sense as to whether a case should be pursued further. It’s an indictment, not a verdict. Some of the reasons are weaker, some are stronger. Sometimes, I indicate some of the evidence; for others, not. For leads on where to start researching a particular item, feel free to inquire via commbox or email. In my mind, the last one in particular amounts to a virtual apodictic proof that at least something about the story is seriously wrong. But taking them all in correlative relation, I think the case for questioning the official story, and for the need for further research into this question, is established beyond all doubt.
(I. plausibility of big picture and motive)
1. The logistics needed to support the official story are stupendous
The number of total victims claimed used to vary wildly. In the 1980’s, a cousin of mine returned from an official tour and proclaimed to us with wild eyes that the number exterminated was actually over 20 million! Usually, however, the number of non-jewish victims is always kept just a little below that of the jewish victims, i.e. 5 million compared to their six. So stick with that for a moment.
As a budding Physicist, I was encouraged from a young age to visualize quantities, not just memorize them. If a dinosaur is said to be 30 feet tall, I look at a building and imagine a head poking in through a third-story window. That makes it vivid. We were also trained to do “order of magnitude” sanity checks of our calculations. One of my students carried out this agenda in a clever way. He supposed that every time a tire rotated, a one- atom- thick radius of rubber was removed by contact with the pavement. He then looked up the inter-atomic spacing of rubber, and calculated how long a tire should last. To order-of-magnitude, the tire life came out to be approximately right. That is the right way to test a model in a preliminary way.
Now, the serious accounts of the holocaust suggest that it took place mainly over a period of about two years — say, mid 1942 to mid-1944. Say there were six “death camps.” Then the average camp had to dispatch about 2 million victims, or 1 million per year. That is 20,000 per week, or 4,000 per day, if weekends or other rest days are allowed for.
4,000 per day, day in, day out, gassed, incinerated, and disposed of, for two years without letup, during the time that a desperate war was being waged, in which the Wehrmacht often had to resort to horses and wagons for its own logistics. Look up how long it takes a crematorium to incinerate one body with a Google search, and continue the calculation.
Perhaps, as Rocco in Godfather 2 said, “difficult; not impossible.” But almost impossible. Maybe impossible. It staggers the imagination in any case.
It was this kind of thought that first made me, with my background, open to the possibility of holocaust research. But it took years before I could work up the courage to actually start doing it.
2. There is more than one big-picture narrative, and these are contradictory
“No one knew” about the holocaust. That’s why it was rarely or never referred to explicitly by the officials.
On the other hand, “everyone knew” (e.g. the movie Amen.) That’s why the mass destruction of the German cities is justified, and never-ending reparations.
Likewise, at Treblinka, the bodies were dug up and burned, and everything bulldozed over without a trace, to remove all evidence prior to the allied victory.
On the other hand, “exterminations continued to the last day of the war” (e.g. the film We Were So Beloved).
Listen to enough discussions of the story with ears perked up, and such contradictory covering propositions will quickly be discovered. We know from logic that once contradictions are allowed, anything can be proved.
-rest of the list here