Anyone who has seen the pictures of emaciated bodies piled up in German concentration camps at the end of WWII has felt a wave of revulsion. How could a nation do this to millions of people? The pictures condemn the National Socialists for all time.
Or do they? Could there be another explanation for mounds of corpses?
Indeed, did Allied actions create the conditions which resulted in what we see in the pictures? Or to put that more plainly; were our bomber crews the people responsible for killing those pitiful inmates?
Here are the circumstances that affected the camps as the war came to an end. First, the German economy was shattered, not just the war-fighting economy, but the domestic economy involving food production and distribution. This meant the camps weren’t receiving the food necessary to feed the inmates. They were literally starving.
Second, because of the poor nutrition, poor sanitation and crowding (caused by the retreat from Russia), disease ran rampant around the prisoner blocks, especially Typhus.
Typhus is an interesting bacterial disease because it’s spread by parasites. Here’s Wikipedia. “Epidemic typhus is due to Rickettsia prowazekii spread by body lice, scrub typhus is due to Orientia tsutsugamushi spread by mites, and murine typhus is due to Rickettsia typhi spread by fleas.”
There is no vaccine commercially available (2019). The only way to stop the spread is to eliminate the carriers: lice, mites and fleas. This is done by fumigating clothing with a pesticide.
Wikipedia again: “Zyklon B a cyanide-based pesticide invented in Germany in the early 1920s. It consisted of hydrogen cyanide (prussic acid), as well as a cautionary eye irritant and one of several adsorbents such as diatomaceous earth.” Each concentration camp had small disinfestation rooms for this purpose. The camps also had large shower rooms so prisoners could wash themselves, for the same purpose.
As Allied bombing intensified, a vicious circle developed: less food, less fuel, less pesticide control, more disease. Since fuel was also used in crematoria to eliminate disease in dead bodies, these began to pile up as the supply was cut off. Finally, in the last few days, guards deserted the facilities and nothing was done. That, then was what our soldiers, and the Red Army, discovered when they arrived. And so, the pictures.
In his History of the Second World War, published in 1975, speaking of the Belsen concentration camp, Russell Barton confirmed this hypothesis:
German medical officers told me that it had been increasingly difficult to transport food to the camp for some months. Anything that moved on the autobahns was likely to be bombed . . . I was surprised to find records going back for two or three years, of large quantities of food cooked daily for distribution. I became convinced, contrary to popular opinion, that there had never been a policy of deliberate starvation. This was confirmed by the large numbers of well-fed inmates . . . The major reason for the state of Belsen were disease, gross overcrowding by central authority, lack of law and order within the huts and inadequate supplies of food, water and drugs.”
One must assume that if food and fuel was cut off, so were the supplies of Zyklon B. The vicious cycle got worse. With no disease control, hundreds of people were dying every day in all the camps.
What should convince you the gassing of humans was a hoax is this picture. It shows a Zyklon B dispenser used in a disinfestation chamber at the Dachau concentration camp. A can of the pesticide is inserted at the top right. Then the chamber door is closed and the can is opened from the outside with a crank operated can opener. The pellets drop down the chute to the basket where heated air from the plenum on the left is blown through them.
What’s important about this sophisticated equipment is that no such equipment was found in any of the so-called gas chambers for humans, anywhere. Surely if they went to this trouble for clothes, they would have gone to more trouble for people.
There’s a more important point made by this dispenser. Its whole purpose was to suppress disease so slave labourers wouldn’t die. Why would the Germans work to keep people alive if they were planning to kill them?
If you’ve not been exposed to these arguments before you may still be skeptical. And yet, ask yourself, what is likely to happen in any slave labour system when the system breaks down? What is it going to be like if disease prevention breaks down, if an epidemic sweeps through the camp, if the crematorium has no fuel? Where will the bodies go?
From this horror, it was a very short step for the survivors to insist the deaths were part of a plan, that the camp was a death camp, not a work camp, that the Zyklon B was meant for them, not their clothes. It was also in our interest to vilify the Germans because we were about to put their leaders on trial for war crimes. For a trial, you needed a crime, yes?
It’s all so convenient, when you really think about it.
The location of the dispenser is important. The company which made the pesticide, thought it was too dangerous to open outside a disinfestation chamber. It had to be opened inside. This means any story you hear, or read, of Zyklon B being poured into a gas chamber from outside can’t be true. Also, you’ll note, the Zyklon B had to be heated to vaporize properly. No such heating arrangements can be found in any of the so-called human gas chambers.
Finally, the dispenser illustrated is for a relatively small enclosure. A similar system for a large room with hundreds or thousands of people would have to be scaled up considerably, as would the associated fans, heating elements and ducting. No such equipment has ever been discovered.