Archive/File: orgs/australian/adelaide-institute/1997/statement-of-berg Last-Modified: 1998/03/31 [Page 1] Jeremy Jones and members of the Committee of Management of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry on Behalf of those members of the Jewish community of Australia who are members of organisations affiliated to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry Complainant and Fredrick Toben on Behalf of the Adelaide Institute Respondent Witness Statement: Mr. Friedrich Paul Berg, 2132 Linwood Avenue, Fort Lee, NY 07024, USA My name is Friedrich Paul Berg. My address is 2132 Linwood Avenue, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024 USA. I am a US citizen and have lived at the above address for nearly my entire life. I was born in 1943 in New York City. My parents were naturalized American citizens who had immigrated from Germany in 1928. I was also educated in the US and have a B.Sc. degree from Columbia University in mining engineering - class of 1965. Most of my professional work in engineering has been as a mechanical engineer. From November 1974 until August 1978 I was the "Environmental Affairs Representative" for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at La Guardia Airport. In that position, I was the recognized local expert for all environmental concerns for that airport, including air pollution. It was in April of 1978 that I first took a public stand regarding my views about the Holocaust story when I led a demonstration against the National Broadcasting Company for this showing of a TV miniseries entitled `Holocaust'. My views in a short statement were broadcast nationwide. Although there was no overt hostile reaction to my views within the Port Authority, it became clear to me that my career path within the organization was blocked from the [sic] on and so I resigned voluntarily when I was offered a small financial incentive. Off all the millions of Jews and gentiles who were supposedly murdered by the Nazis in gas chambers, the vast majority were supposedly killed with Diesel exhaust. Fro Treblinka, Belzec, Sobibor and for the gas vans supposedly used in Russia, it is claimed again and again in the Holocaust literature that the killing agent was always the exhaust from Diesel engines. For Chelmno, the Holocaust claims do not specify whether the lethal gas generating engines were Diesels, but they do not specify gasoline engines either. John Demjanjuk was actually put on trial in Israel for supposedly having been the man who operated the Treblinka Diesel that supposedly killed 800,000 Jews. Although he was sentenced to death, the court eventually admitted that the evidence against him was not credible and he was set free. Throughout the entire trial, which was billed as a [Page 2] great show trial intended to instruct the world, aside from the occasional mention of the Diesel engines, no details were given about the Diesels or about the way in which they were arranged. The one exception to this was the claim by prosecution witness Epstein that he had seen Demjanjuk start the engine by pressing a pushbutton. The fact is that even luxury cars of the period rarely had pushbutton starters and Diesels, until justr [sic] a few years ago, still required a warm-up procedure using glow plugs. On the basis of the generally accepted legend, only a minority of gassing victims were killed by any method other than with Diesels. The other gassings supposedly occurred primarily at Auschwitz and Maidanek by means of cyanide or Zyklon-B. Zyklon-B was actually the tradename of a pesticide -- used worldwide since the 1920s -- which released cyanide gas slowly from its inert carrier ingredients. It was routinely use [sic] by the Germans during World War II, especially in the East, to kill lice which often carried typhus; in that way it kept people alive. Superbly designed gas chambers were widely used for Zyklon-B employing automatic can openers, four-way valves, circulation blowers, heaters, insulated walls which were also specially coated to prevent cyanide penetration and many other design features. But neither those gas chambers nor anything like are implicated in the claims about Auschwitz where nearly all of the cyanide murders supposedly took place. Instead, cellars which were quite ordinary except for the addition of some ceiling holes and perforated sheet metal pillars were used instead. The sheet metal pillars make absolutely no technical sense at all since they would have only slowed the release and dispersal of the cyanide from the Zyklon-B granules. The Holocaust murder-by-Diesel claims are technically absurd. Although one can with great difficulty construct a Diesel arrangement to kill people in half-an-hour, any such arrangement would have been ridiculous in view of far more deadly arrangements which could have easily employed using gasoline engines or, better yet, producer gas generators which were widely used by the Germans at that time to drive practically all of their civilian automotive transport and even much of their military automotive transport. The Holocaust story relies on generally accepted - but totally false - misperceptions about the toxicity of Diesel exhaust. Although Diesel exhaust does indeed smell terrible at times and may even look terrible, the appearance and smell have nothing whatever to do with the presence or absence of any toxic ingredient. The all important toxic ingredient is carbon monoxide which is odorless and colorless. At idle, Diesel exhaust contains less than 1/10% carbon monoxide; at full load, Diesel exhaust contains less than 0.4% carbon monoxide. These numbers are the worst cases and apply to every Diesel engine ever built regardless of the condition of the engines. From Diesels, even the highest CO levels alone cannot possibly kill more than a small minority of an average group of people. Only in combination with the reduced oxygen levels, which occur only when the engines are under `heavy load', can a combination of effects kill large percentages of people in half-an-hour. Any reasonable gassing arrangement would, however, have to kill everyone. Gasoline engine exhaust, by contrast, easily contains up to 35% carbon monoxide and no oxygen either. More than 500,000 producer gas-driven vehicles were used throughout German-occupied Europe during World War II, any one of which would have been thousands of times more effective than any Diesel arrangement. But, neither gasoline engines nor producer gas generators have ever been implicated in any Holocaust claims - only Diesels. How absurd and how inefficient those Nazis must have been! The unsuitability of Diesel engines for the purpose of killing anything was demonstrated experimentally by the British government in 1956. The results were discussed at length in the British Journal of Industrial Medicine, 1957, volume 14, pages 47 through 55. The study entitled `he toxicity of fumes from Diesel engine under four different running conditions' is the only study I know of anywhere or from any time that is based on actual effects of Diesel exhaust on living creatures. The study was based on a series of eight experiments. Fifty-four animals - 40 mice, 10 guinea pigs, 4 rabbits - were used in each experiment. The worst case scenario, called experiment `D1', employed a severely restricted air intake and killed all of the experimental animals - but, only after 3 hours and 20 minutes. However, after only one hour, 3 of the 20 subject mice were still alive and so were `all' of the rabbits and guinea pigs (see page 49). For half-an-hour, which is roughly the time period given in the Holocaust story, we have no exact data - but certainly, even more mice would have been alive. [Page 3] The general safety of Diesel engines was already clearly demonstrated in the 1940s by the US Bureau of Mines which subsequently allowed their use in underground non-coal mines. Diesels had been used even earlier underground in Germany in mine locomotives. To my knowledge, and I have looked at some length, there has never been any case of suicide or murder with Diesel exhaust anywhere in the world - except for the Holocaust story. Pat Buchanan, a well-known columnist and one-time presidential candidate, was severely attacked in the American press for having argued at the time of the Demjanjuk trial that murder by Diesels was "impossible". He based his position on an incident where a Diesel locomotive continued to operate even though it was trapped in a tunnel with many passengers and where there were no fatalities, not even severe injuries. He was nonetheless attacked for being anti-Semitic and for helping Nazis, etc., but not for being wrong about his evidence. Although the Israelis had years to show how their great mass- murder weapon functioned and thereby instruct the world, they have still shown absolutely nothing in this regard. The simple fact is that for the Holocaust story, the alleged murder weapon makes no sense at all. No doubt Diesels are as widely used in Australia as they are almost everywhere else. They are today subject to the same environmental standards as gasoline engines and even some additional standards such as `opacity'. In the State of New Jersey, which by some account has some of the strictest emission standards in the US, whenever I go to have my Diesel Volkswagon inspected, as soon as the inspectors realize - generally from the sound - that I have a Diesel, they do not even bother to put the probe into the exhaust pipe to try to measure the carbon monoxide level. They know from experience that it will always read zero. Their instruments simply are not sensitive enough to read the low CO levels that Diesels produce - and this applies to, old Diesels, malfunctioning Diesels, Diesels that have been tampered with or altered in any conceivable way. In general, Diesel cylinders either work or else they do not work - in either case, the CO levels are minimal. Before anyone should believe in mass murder as enormous and bizarre as the Holocaust story, the proponents of that tale should be called upon to produce some awfully string [sic] evidence. Mere assertions by so-called `eyewitnesses' or confessions by Germans in fear of their lives should not be good enough. The fact is - they have come up with nothing at all in the way of hard evidence, or forensic evidence or even documentary evidence except for one Nuremberg document PS-501 which is a demonstrable forgery. If I am wrong, it would seem that one should carefully reconsider the automotive inspection standards used throughout the industrialised world. One should reconsider the ease with which people are allowed to operate such lethal devices. Weapons of such mass destructive potential must be carefully controlled. We would not allow average citizens to use Zyklon-B or cyanide; why do we allow almost anyone to operate a Diesel? The reason is simple. People who have some automotive expertise would quickly but quietly poo- pooh such efforts for the absurdity that they would truly be. Those experts, shy creatures that they are, would rarely if ever step forward to defend accused Nazis - but, if the Holocaust lunacy would ever go so far as to force industry to abandon the Diesel engine, we would see the mountains move. Surely, the Israelis would be the first to severely restrict the use of Diesels but, I dare say, they will never do anything of the sort - even if it were argued that Diesels were an insensitive reminder of their greatest tragedy as a people. To those who argue that Holocaust revisionism contributes to anti-Semitism, I suggest that they would be better advised to try to stop their co-religionists from spreading horrific lies. I may well have some Jewish ancestry myself. Even within the revisionist community, some are convinced on the basis of my last name and my general appearance that I must be Jewish. I have no idea whether there is some Jewish blood in my ancestry - nor do I care. As far as I am concerned, the Holocaust is a `hoax' and by that I mean that the Holocaust story is something cheap, vulgar and obscene. Even if I and the other revisionists, or deniers - take your pick - are wrong about the Holocaust, there is still no reason for the victors of World War II or Jews to wear any mantel of moral righteousness. If the Nazis had murdered millions of innocent people in gas chambers that certainly would have been a great and deplorable crime - but, it would still have been humane compared to what the Allies actually did during World War II. The US and Great Britain murdered millions of innocent people by quite literally roasting them to death. The Jewish involvement in those crimes, especially the nuclear bombing of Japan, are as deep as anyone's. Friedrich P. Berg
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