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 five prominent smoke stacks. At the height of production in 1944, the BUNA Werke employed 80,000 workers.
Here’s an aerial view of the site taken during the war by the Americans. Right click the image to open in a new tab. The rectangle in the centre of the photo is the power plant. Labour camp III is at the bottom left.
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.
Workers walk to BUNA Werke plant
Although built by 8,636 workers from Italy, it was staffed by slave-labourers, many of them Jewish, from three 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 German name of Oświęcim; Auschwitz.
At the BUNA Werke conditions for the workers were good according to some survivors while others say conditions were brutal and lives were measured in months, not years. What there can be little doubt about 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 petroleum or 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 (subsequently removed by YouTube) he demolished all the conventional arguments supporting the Holocaust narrative.
He said the death chamber was too small for the numbers claimed, the doors were flimsy and not airtight, the system for delivering Zyklon B wouldn’t have worked, there was no trace of cyanide found in the walls, the elevator to the ground floor was too small, the cremation ovens were too few and aerial photos didn’t show the piles of coke necessary to feed the system, or the pits for tons of ash and bone. In short, it is obvious the system was designed for storing dead bodies, not killing live ones.
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 totaled no more than 100,000.
Later German documents, seized by the Russians and released by President Gorbachev, put the number of death certificates at Auschwitz at 69,000, of which 29,000 were Jews. This is still 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.