If we are to dismiss Arad over an alleged lie in an e-mail, should we not completely dismiss Hunt as he has been proven to be a liar from his court statements?
Is Arad lying too?
It seems to me that Arad's position is exactly what he is purported to have said it was in the Hunt e-mail.
After all, Arad coined the "Pure Extermination Camps" position in a timely manner because elsewhere it was becoming increasingly easier to establish that insecticide was used for what Pressac called "mostly non-homicidal purposes."
As far as the folklorists, I've never given them much credence as witnesses anyway because the actual evidence for homicidal gaschambers is THIN, and even thinner at the "Ramshackle" Camps. They have rarely held up to much credibility at best. Even when the Shoah interviewers interject occasionally and ask if these people saw these things for themselves, the Hearsay is deemed important to the memorialization.
The provenance of the "gas 'em and burn 'em-narrative" is never clear even when supposedly adjudicated, but regardless, people do seem to think that they should have expected poison gas instead of water to have come streaming out of the shower heads during the war--just like the atrocity stories involving steam, vacuum, or gas that were reported in the Allied news going as far back as 1942.
People like Rabbi Wise were lamenting to American officials in letters that millions of his co-religionists were being gassed and turned into fertilizer--usually with the officials responding back thanking them for their support in the war-effort and that they must be patient whilst these millions of Jews are liquidated, but that they will have Shakespearian revenge in course and that victory in the war is assured.
That victorious governments wanted or needed a postwar justification for their globalist moral-interventionism and imperialism that continues today, and tried to develop a War-Crimes evidence stream out of this echo-chamber of agitprop and hyperbole, is not surprising either.
But repeating the same hearsay and urban legends does not make any of it more true. It is not what professional Skeptic Michael Shermer calls a "convergence of evidence."
Auschwitz was the Papa Bear of "Extermination Camps" as long as it was under Communist control. Now its back to the primacy of original camps like Treblinka, where Soviet propagandists like Grossman reported that millions were gassed and burned, based supposedly on boots-on-the-ground evidence acquired from the Red Army occupation, but in reality with little more evidence than what Allied agitprop could be found published in New York during the war.
Unlike Majdanek and Auschwitz, the death rates or even reliable intakes at what Arad calls the "Pure Extermination Camps" will not likely ever be adjusted down simply because there is a lot less real evidence to prove the negative.
And there is no great urgency to ever find any archaeological proof that hundreds of thousands of corpses had earlier arrived, were killed, buried, then dug-up, burned, and re-buried there. Until then, stuff like Rachel Auerbach's 1946 photo of a handful of bones found and some concrete and stone memorials "bears mute witness" today. For extraordinary claims that SHOULD require extraordinary evidence, a few tin cans will not do. But without-a-trace is better left to folklore and tampered Halloween treats.
In any case, video evidence is available to show that people really BELIEVE that it is literally a miracle that water came out of shower heads instead of poison gas.
That is proof right there of urban legends and rumor and propaganda at best--agitprop at worst. People are on film such as on the Donahue show that they smelled the stench of human-soapmaking and other such nonsense. Rarely does anybody set them straight unless they are anti-Semites or anti-anti-Semites.
Arad's contribution to revision was that "Ivan Demianuk" was some other Nazi war-criminal and not Treblinka's "Ivan the Terrible," already supposedly killed in a revolt. Finger-pointing Survivors at John Demjanjuk's public trial in Israel did not of course agree with that thesis. There he is!
For them this might as well have been another be-monocled Dr. Mengele with riding crop making gassing selections to the right or to the left on the ramp. It is no surprise that the Bundestablishment crack at the bat was better delayed indefinitely until another public trial was rendered superfluous after Demjanjuk's death.