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Deceit & Misrepresentation
The Techniques of Holocaust Denial

Schindler's List
& "Revisionist Scholarship"

[Continued] Porter:

CLAIM: The "human hair booties for U-boat crews" (Document USSR 511) are taken seriously

The real text:

In this eerie chancellory [Oranienburg], some files discussed the length a prisoner's hair should be before it was considered of economic use for 'the manufacture of hair-yarn socks for U-boat crews and hair-felt footwear for the Reichs railway'.... 31


<TRUTH: The document is a Soviet "photocopy" with a typewritten heading, typewritten signature, and 2 German stamps. No human hair socks have ever been found. Only Negro hair can be felted. The Germans invented nylon in 1938.>

The claims above are unsupported, and, with regard to the document, only the authenticity question is relevant. The snippets above certainly do not make it clear whether this was supposedly actually accomplished, merely attempted, or even just proposed and abandoned without an attempt. The comment about nylon is a red herring. Nylon is made from petroleum, which had more critical uses at this time, so the proposal to use hair (whether or not it worked) is understandable.


CLAIM: There was no way to combat typhus except by boiling clothing <260>.

The real text:

I want a really first-rate shower block and laundry, Oskar told him. I have the welders who can put it together under your direction. Typhus, he growled, half-smiling at Garde. None of us wants typhus. The lice are already biting in Plaszow. We need to be able to boil clothes. 32

The distortion: nowhere does it say that boiling is the only way to disinfect clothes. Porter continues these distortions:

Oskar Schindler was the only person to steam clothing, providing the only preventive measure against typhus .

The real text:

So that when Oskar ordered a delousing unit - showers, a laundry to boil clothes, a disinfection plant - built upstairs, it was no idle administrative order. The unit was to run on hot steam piped up from the cellars.33

The distortion: Nowhere does it say that Schindler was the only person to steam clothing, or that this was the only way to prevent typhus.


The book also makes the following factual admissions, all TRUE:

The word "admit" and its derivatives are used frequently by Holocaust deniers. It has an emotional content, a suggestion that the person speaking is a liar who only grudgingly "admits" the truth when there is no hope of making the lie stick.


TRUE: Most Holocaust "proofs" are of Polish or Soviet communist origin <342, 417, 520>.

The whole truth: there are hundreds of testimonies from both survivors and former guards as well. There are the camps themselves, including the destroyed gas chambers. No denier has yet come up with a credible and logically consistent explanation of why these structures were destroyed when the rest of the camp was left intact.

The usual way is to say that they destroyed anything of military value, glossing over the fact that the early gas chamber in Krema I, which had been converted into a bomb shelter when the larger and more efficient gas chambers were built, was left standing.


TRUE: Many Jews are Marxists who forged thousands of German documents, fabricating German stamps by the hundreds <182, 251, 285, 458, 459, 460, 474>.

The distortion: they did this for passes, authorizations, etc. to escape and to stay alive. But where is it said in the book that they did this to manufacture false evidence, including signed (not stamped) letters in perfect German?


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