The paths marked out by Rassinier are
faithfully followed by his imitators who constantly refer to the master, citing
him as a "classic" who has "definitively" demonstrated this or that. More and
more often, the pupils go beyond the master. For example, if Rassinier ends up
by admitting that there perhaps existed gas chambers for industrial purposes in
certain concentration camps, and that perhaps some rare mad SS had used them to
kill Jews, a certain F.J. Scheidel (47),
J.G. Burg (7), E. Aretz (3), Thies Christophersen (9), R. Harwood (23),
A.R. Butz (8) affirm quite simply that the
gas chambers are a calumny. In the same way, whereas Rassinier claims that the
number of Jewish victims of the "final solution" was a minimum of 500,000 and a
maximum of 1,500,000, Butz (8) affirms
that it did not exceed a million; and Harwood (23) writes that it must "be in the order of size of thousands
and not millions." Schlegel (48) finds "at
the maximum" three to four hundred thousand, M. Roeder (44) two hundred thousand including natural deaths. Finally,
for a certain R. Faurisson, everything is crystal clear: "The time is ripe," it
is the "imposture of genocide" (21).
My remarks are not at all addressed to the fanatical authors and
propagandists of the pro Nazi campaign, for there is no hope of persuading them
of anything whatever. Their unique concern is to rehabilitate the Nazi regime
at all costs and to cleanse of all smears the "German honour;" identified with
that of National Socialism and its worst servants. Their production does not
stem from an historical school but from a vulgar political propaganda from the
school of Goebbels where all the means of attaining the purpose designated in
advance are good and recommended.
On the contrary, my observations are
addressed to men and women who are quite sincere but who ignore the real facts
and who, for, this reason, risk lending an ear to the disparagements and
unfounded afffrmations of the apologists of Nazism.
My account will be
limited to the two essential problems designated above: the use of gas chambers
with a view to the massacre of the Jews, and the number of victims.