The following analysis comes to us from Mike Stein (email@example.com). Greg Raven, Associate Editor of the Journal for Historical Review, was presented with a number of testimonies, including that of SS man Hans Bo"ck. On the subject of Bo"ck, Raven wrote: "Pressac himself casts doubt on some of the aspects of this statement, pointing out, for example, that Boeck could only have witnessed one such gassing (at most)." This is a paraphrase - and worse, a paraphrase with no page number. Someone who wanted to see if the paraphrase accurately reflected the original would have to read through the whole book to find it. I raised this question in a reply to Raven's rebuttal: "Is 'at most' in Pressac's original text, or is it a clever insertion on Mr. Raven's part, as we are only presented with a paraphrase, not a direct quote, and no exact page citation to make it easy to check the accuracy of it, so that if we want to verify it for ourselves we must take the time to read Pressac cover to cover?" Raven's scornful reply: "Well, if you were familiar with Pressac's book, you would find it relatively easy to locate the text, as it is in the section on SS testimonies. Lacking that familiarity, you could have referred to Faurisson's long review of Pressac's book, which appeared in two parts in the Journal of Historical Review." Apparently Mr. Raven feels that I should be intimately familiar with Pressac's book, and if not, magically know what secondary source would tell me where to find the part I'm looking for. Perhaps it would be reading too much into this, but one could easily get the impression Raven is being condescending, saying that if *I* were as good a historian as *he*, I would be familiar with Pressac's book and know where to look - so he need not (and still does not) bother to tell me the page, as an amateur like myself is not worth wasting his valuable time on. The most he will do for me is tell me to look in the section on SS testimonies. That's one way of reading Raven's response. But Dr. Faurisson, the expert on texts, teaches us that there are other ways. And indeed, there is. I do not read it as the condescension of a professional historian to an amateur. I read it as a desperate bluff. He won't tell me the page not because I'm not worth bothering with, but because he knows that once the true text of this book (which even Friedrich Berg has noted is hard for the average person to find) is compared with Raven's paraphrase, he will have no credibility left. He is terrified that if he gives me any help at all, I will be able to expose him, and is desperately praying that I don't have access to a copy. Apparently Mr. Raven does not realize that I live in the area of Washington, DC, home of the Library of Congress and the Holocaust Museum library. While the Library of Congress copy is missing, the Museum has not one but two copies in its library. I do have some familiarity with Pressac's book, and I have actually known for some time that Raven's paraphrase bears no relation to what Pressac really says, other than containing the words "gassings," "see," and "one" (in that order). I also know that "the" section on SS testimonies does not exist - there is one set of testimonies on Krema I which includes SS men Pery Broad and Rudolf Ho"ss, along with Sonderkommando members Alter Fajnzylberg and - if memory serves - Filip Muller. The discussion of Broad is on p. 128 (not 124 as Raven had it). Here is the full text of Pressac's comments on Bo"ck's testimony, found not in "the section on SS testimonies," but all the way over on page 181 of the English language edition: "There is only one clue to show that the scene took place at Bunker 2: 'a long farmhouse'. In this type of account, this is already a good deal. SS Bo"ck seems to have been a decent enough man. The gassing of children upset him so much that he saw the SS medical orderlies 'climb on the roof' (they did not climb so high) and did not look at his wife for four weeks. Not everyone is cut out to be an executioner. Hermann Langbein writes: 'Bo"ck is the only witness who demonstrated a sincere aversion before the court.' I would ask just one question: 'How many gassings did Bo"ck see?' If he only saw the one described before the court, it is not so surprising that his 'aversion' should remain intact. If he had been forced by his duties to see them regularly, his attitude might be different. It is all too easy to become hardened." Pressac's text speaks for itself. It certainly does not need Raven to speak for it.
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