You’re looking at a photo of the IG Farben BUNA Werke in Monowice on the outskirts of Oświęcim Poland taken during its construction in 1942. The name BUNA is derived from butadiene-based synthetic rubber and the chemical symbol for sodium (Na), a process of synthetic rubber production developed in Germany.
This one factory, although part of a complex of industrial plants, was very large in its own right, covering two square miles, with scores of buildings involved in rubber, chemical and fuel production. The large building at centre left is the power plant which eventually had three prominent smoke stacks. At the height of production in 1944, the BUNA Werke employed 80,000 workers.
Most of the factory was carried off to the east by Soviet forces in 1945 but you can still see numerous buildings and structures which point to what was one of wartime Germany’s largest synthetic rubber plants.
Although built by 8,636 workers from Italy, it was staffed by slave-labourers, a majority of them Jewish, from several nearby concentration camps. This is why you’ve never heard of the Buna Werke in Monowice; the camps are far more famous and go under the name of another village; Auschwitz.
At the BUNA Werke there is no doubt conditions for the workers were appalling, the German overseers cruel, and their life measured in months, not years. What there is doubt about, however, are the German intentions, their motives; was it to make rubber or destroy a people? Did this enormous enterprise act as a cover for killing one Million Jews, or was it an essential war industry staffed by slave labourers, many of whom died? On this issue rests the whole body of German guilt, promoted after the war by the released inmates and continued today in Holocaust museums around the world.
What is the purpose of the plant? What makes sense from a strategic point of view in a country with no natural rubber resources? Why would a country, fighting for its life, spend its money, time and energy killing workers for an essential war industry, particularly workers within walking distance of the plant?
The noted English historian, David Irving, says the whole Holocaust story depends on the Auschwitz story and that story is demonstrably false. In a speech given in Cincinnati in 1995, starting at 49:00, he demolishes all the conventional arguments supporting the Holocaust narrative: the system, the numbers, the fuel, the ashes, the poison residue and much else. It’s a compelling lecture based on original research, scientific analysis and official documents. Irving says the deaths at Auschwitz were a byproduct of overwork, malnutrition and disease and likely totalled, according to Russian figures, no more than 100,000.
This is a terrible number of deaths, but it is not the 1,000,000 now claimed; the 4,000,000 originally claimed or 6,000,000 familiar to the public.
One must conclude the Holocaust, as popularly believed, is essentially fake news and the condemnation based on it is unwarranted. Germany did some inhuman things during WWII, but genocide wasn’t one of them.