6.000 CONSTRUCTION OF THE DOCUMENT.
"Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers"
is organized into five parts with a Preface and a Postface written by Serge
Klarsfeld and Jean-Claude Pressac, respectively. The parts will be discussed,
as necessary, throughout this review. The parts are defined as follows:
- Part One: Delousing gas chambers and other disinfestation
installations. Seven Chapters
- Part Two: The extermination instruments. Eight Chapters
- Part Three: Testimonies. Three Chapters
- Part Four: Auschwitz and the revisionists. Two Chapters
- Part Five: The unrealized future of K.L. Auschwitz-Birkenau.
6.001 The document itself is a wealth of historical facts, some technical
facts, photos, blueprints and drawings, and propaganda. Except for the
clearly erroneous final conclusions and propaganda, the book is an excellent
piece of work. Jean-Claude Pressac demonstrates himself as a fine researcher
and archivist. Unfortunately, he fails in the technical department. I would
have expected his background and training as a pharmacist to have acquitted
him well in this area but, unfortunately, it does not. He demonstrates
a complete lack of competence as a technician. His logic tends to be good
until he reaches his final conclusion. His greatest error, where he lacks
the technical competence, is his failure to consult with someone more competent
than himself. Although this might be a problem in the area of Execution
technology, it certainly is not in the area of heating, air handling, plumbing
and construction. His failure to get help in these areas in inexcusable.
6.002 Mr. Pressac has chosen an approach which introduces the data
and documents first, mixed with comments on his conclusions before he presents
them, generating a history for the reader which ostensibly is unbiased,
but grounding everything in exterminationist terms. He will say "they
didn't intend to, but they really did." "They didn't start out
to, but they did later." The reader is repeatedly told that the original
intent was not for gas chambers, but later it developed.
6.003 Mr. Pressac's THESIS: In the beginning the construction personnel
at Auschwitz (the Bauleitung) began their work with good or neutral motives
but, in the process of their work their motives became sinister, they decided
to turn the facilities that they were designing and building into execution
instruments. Thus Kremas I, II, and III were converted to gas chambers
during construction, but Kremas IV and V were designed from the outset
as gas chambers. The problem is that no evidence is available to support
this. Further, Mr. Pressac even tells us what these construction engineers
were thinking during the construction of these facilities. The problem
still remains that none of these facilities had hardware which could support
6.004 This review will begin with the specific items which Mr. Pressac
puts forth to support his thesis and the reasons why they do not stand
the test of logic. A subsequent consideration will be made of each chapter,
in turn, discussing the documentation, its import and meaning.
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