And here is a letter the contents of which are very
eloquent: (2, p.336; 49, p. 145).|
|SS-Ustuf (F) Kirschneck
Bftgb. No: 2250/43/BI/L
Objet: Crematorium II, Condition of the Building
Reference: Telegram of
SS WVHA, No: 2648 of 1-28-43
Enclosure: 1 report of extermination
the Chief of the Amtsgruppe C, SS Brigadeführer and Major General of
the Waffen SS Dr. Engineer KAMMLER
Berlin-Liechterfelde-West. Unter dem
Eichen 126 135.
Crematorium II has, with the exception of a few details
of construction, been completed thanks to the use of all available people,
despite immense difficulties and freezing weather, by day and night shifts. The
ovens were lighted in the presence of the chief engineer, M. Prüfer of the
firm Topf u. Söhne, Erfurt, which was in charge of their construction; and
they function perfectly. One has not yet been able to plaster the concrete
ceiling of the body cellar (Leichenkeller) because of the action of the frost.
That is, however, without importance given that the gassing cellar
(Vergasungskeller) can be used for this purpose.
Because of the
unavailability of railway carriages, the company of Topf u. Söhne was not
able to deliver on time the ventilating apparatus ordered by the central
management for buildings. After the arrival of this equipment, the
incorporation of it will be begun at once so that one may foresee that it' will
be completely in service by 2-20-43.
Enclosed is a report of the engineer
inspector of the firm Topf u. Söhne.
The Chief of the Group for
Constructions of the Waffen SS and of the
| Police at Auschwitz
1 SS-Ustuf Janish v. Kirschneck
1 File (Crematorium dossier) Certified
copy Pousth (?) SS-Ustuf (F.)
It is thus grotesque to
claim, like the "witness," Christophersen, that there were no gas chambers at
Auschwitz. And it is his "testimony" that is henceforth considered as decisive
by the neo-Nazi literature.
It is true that the correspondance [sic]
between the industrialists speaks of gas chambers in view of "disinfection,"
and the letter of the Chief of the Group for Constructions at Auschwitz does
not stipulate the destination of these gas chambers where, however, the
"Krematorium" is situated in the vicinity of a "Leichenkeller" and a
"Vergasungskeller." This is not at all surprising, for it is a question of a
hermetically sealed State Secret where euphemisms are obligatory in the entire
Nazi administration. The accused industrialists claimed that for them it was
the "disinfection" which was in question. The Tribunal did not agree with their
version of the matter. But what is important to us is that Christophersen does
not say that at Birkenau he saw gas chambers destined for disinfection. He says
that he did not discover any gas chambers at all.
This permits an
evaluation of his account, of his intelligence, the faithfulness of his memory
ofter [sic] twenty eight years or... his dishonesty.