David Irving has yet again wheeled out the 1948 German newsreel on the December 1947 Krakow-Auschwitz trial, which the lapsed Holocaust denier believes is some sort of proof that the Soviet approved Polish judges judged that just (or as many as) "300,000" were killed at Auschwitz pars pro toto.
1999: http://www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/docs/con ... u1948.html
2000: http://www.hdot.org/en/trial/transcripts/day02 he introduced this as "evidence" at his trial!
Michael Mills told Irving this was rubbish in 1999, and Faurisson said it was wrong as early as 1995.
Even the two sentence picture caption Irving has just posted on his website is riddled with factual errors:
Defenders of the £aith must be overjoyed that Irving is preparing to jump-ship and confirmed the Hoax, the whole Hoax, and nothing but the Hoax in his forthcoming Himmler book.Rudolf Höss, closest to camera, was hanged by the Poles. "Nearly 300,000 people of various nations died" in Auschwitz 1941-1945, so his Polish judges found in 1948.
http://www.forum.codoh.info/viewtopic.p ... 141#p56961
The 300,000 almost certainly refers to registered inmates only, and excludes unregistered victims. A figure of 300,000 registered inmates, along with a suspected "4,000,000 people mainly Jews" featured in the trial indictment of Rudolf Hoess. His trial, of course, took place in Warsaw seven months earlier than the Krakow-Auschwitz trial in question.
Whether the "300,000" were also mentioned in Hoess' judgement, I don't know.
The source for above two images, also mentions the Krakow-Auschwitz trial, but not a word of the death toll(s):
LAW REPORTS OF TRIALS OF WAR CRIMINALS Selected and prepared by THE UNITED NATIONS WAR CRIMES C0MMISSION VOLUME VII
LONDON PUBLISHED FOR THE UNITED NATIONS WAR CRIMES COMMISSION BY HIS MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE 1948
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/ ... _Vol-7.pdf
What does Holocaust historiography have to save about the Auschwitz death toll ascertained by the Krakow-Auschwitz trial?
The trial isn't even mentioned in Piper's Auschwitz: How Many Perished, not even under his subsection "Figures Determined by Investigating and Prosecuting Agencies and Tribunals"! But hopefully the usual suspects on rodoh, those more familiar with hoaxography, will be able to provide us with what facts Western historians have told us about the Auschwitz death toll determined at this particular trial.
The only mention I can find of anyone referring to the death tolls considered at that trial, was the "Good Man of Auschwitz", former Birkenau doctor Hans Wilhelm Muench. He had been one of the defendants at the Krakow-Auschwitz trial, but was strangely acquitted.
Even stranger, is that just 5 months his acquittal (late Dec 1947), Muench was testifying (11 May 1948) as a "defence" witness at the I G Farben trial in Nuremberg, where he sang like a canary about the homicidal gas chambers, and gassing of the Jews.
http://fotos.fotoflexer.com/fb11d0446a1 ... c0fb19.jpg
DR. HELLMUTH DIX (counsel for defendant Schneider): I have one question. The prosecution stated that four and one half millions were gassed. Is that figure not too high, as far as your information goes?
A. (HANS MUENCH) In the Auschwitz trial in Krakow, three and one-half million were determined as definitely certain. But it was said in that connection it wasn't proven whether perhaps it wasn't more than that.
Nuremberg Military Tribunal: Trial 6: The I. G. Farben Case
The Green Series, Volume VIII, page 321
No need to further wear 'n' tear your keyboard by posting the off-topic, common knowledge fact that Hoess reduced his previous estimates at his trial:
Mr. Willow (or Mr. Berg) may want to explain why the Poles allowed Höss to throw in their face an Auschwitz death toll figure of little more than a million and call the much higher figure they maintained "figments of the imagination" that "lack any foundation", if they were inclined to make those they interrogated tell them what they wanted to hear.
- Roberto Muehlenkamp
http://holocaustcontroversies.blogspot. ... ncing.html
http://archive.jta.org/article/1947/03/ ... t-oswiecim