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From Mon Jan 27 18:49:29 PST 1997
Article: 94784 of alt.revisionism
From: (Yale F. Edeiken)
Newsgroups: alt.revisionism
Subject: Re: The needs of the many etc.
Date: 24 Jan 1997 02:09:29 GMT
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> (Mark Van Alstine) writes:
>  In article <01bc094e$314d9b80$2675d6ce@default>, "Richard A. Hernandez"
>   wrote:

#>  > And since it was by rail that Germany transported 
#>  > Jews to the camps, and was Germany's only means of keeping the camps 
#>  > supplied with food, medical supplies etc. etc.. 
>  Like at Bergen-Belsen, for example? Where at the time of the camp's
>  liberation there was enough food was sitting only a short distance away at
>  the Panzergrenadier School to feed prisoners at the camp for months? (cf.
>  Reitlinger, _The SS: alibi of a nation_, p.425.) 
>  Do you mean those kinds of "supply problems," Mr. Hernandez? 
>  First of all, Mr. Hernandez,  you have yet to evidence that the bombing of
>  Germany's rail system caused widespread "starvation and disease" of the
>  German civilian population. In fact, if one were to use Dr. Kremer's
>  diary, for example, as any aid in making a judgement, it would appear that
>  even a city like Mu"nster, which was bombed and later cut-off by the
>  Allied advance, the residents did not suffer from starvation or epidemics.
>  (cf. Czech, _KL Auscwitz_.) 
>  Neither did the civilian population of Belsen suffer from starvation or
>  disease. Yet at KL Bergen-Belsen there _was_ mass starvation and epidemic
>  typhus amongst the _prisoners_ there.

>  I suggest, given my examples above, that the adverse effects on the
>  concetration camp prisoners from Allied attacks on the German rail system
>  were minimal. For certain,the Allied air attacks were not the _cause_ of
>  the widespread starvation and epidemics amongst the prisoners in the Nazi
>  concentration camp system.
>  That was caused by a deliberate Nazi policy of abuse and neglect.

	Indeed as Reitlinger notes on the page to which you referred:

	"The number that had died at Belsen since February and the first typhus 
outbreak was hardly less than forty thousand.  They had not been exterminated, 
nor was their death due to Allied bombing which had paralysed the railwaysand 
disrupted the German supply system.  The evidence at the Lueneburg Trial 
showed that the bakeries and flour stores of the Panzergrenadier School at 
Bergen-Belsen could have kept the uninfected inmates of the camp alive for many 
weeks, had authroity been given to sue them.  Forty thousand people died in 
Belsen as a result of twelve years of tolerated incompetence in the overblown 
offices of Oswald Pohl and Richard Gluecks."


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