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					Raul Hilberg
April 29, 1995 Dear I never said that there were no diesel engines in death camps. Mr. Ain evidently did not understand me. Neither did he send me a copy of his article. Judging from a phone call I received from OSI, the revisionists have already taken advantage on the Internet of this correspondent's carelessness. And that's that. There are days when I receive two or three calls from newspapers or radio. I make no records of these conversations. In this case, as in most cases, I can state with certainty only that which I would never say. As to what I might have said, it seems, from the context of the two sentences you quoted, that I pointed to the false rumor about electrocutions in Belzec and to a gasoline engine, rather than a diesel, at Sobibor. This week, I gave a lecture in North Carolina and two more in Boston and Cambridge. I face numerous deadlines, and there is much correspondence that I do not answer anymore. I am sending you this letter, in case you wish to address the newspapers you cited. Personally, I have made up my mind not to reply to the Revisionists. They thrive on rejoinders, and they have been trying to gain the attention of the public for thirty years. Sincerely, Raul Hilberg

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