Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: Holocaust Almanac: Defense Counsel Remains Silent Summary: Witnesses describing experiences in Auschwitz, Ravensbru"ck, Treblinka, are not cross-examined by defense counsel. Reply-To: email@example.com Followup-To: alt.revisionism Organization: The Nizkor Project, Vancouver Island, CANADA Keywords: Archive/File: holocaust/germany/nuremberg east.001 Last-Modified: 1996/06/17 "The thrust of the Russian case on the concentration camps came from witnesses. Severina Shmaglerskaya who had spent three years in Auschwitz told of seeing women sent to work within minutes of giving birth, of babies taken away, of children driven to gas chambers. No defense counsel wanted to cross-examine her. Samuel Rajzman, had been taken from the Warsaw Ghetto to Treblinka. He survived because he could speak Hebrew, French, Russian, Polish and German; he was needed to act as an interpreter. He described the arrival at Treblinka station. It looked like a station. There were signs saying 'restaurant,' 'ticket office.' There was even an arrivals and departures board but all departing trains left Treblinka empty. For on the platform prisoners were stripped, women were shaved so that their hair could be used for mattresses. Then they walked up Himmelfahrt Street, the 'Journey to Heaven', to the gas chambers. The whole procedure up to then had taken ten minutes. Rajzman believed they killed between 10,000 and 12,000 people every day at Treblinka. There were plans to increase the number of ovens from ten to twenty-five to keep up with the output of the gas chambers.*** [Archivist Note: The Tusas are incorrect here. See note appended below for actual testimony from Rajzman. knm] He had seen the arrival at the station of his mother, his sister and two brothers. Friends, sorting the piles of clothes on the platform, found a photograph of his wife and child. 'That is all I have left of my family. Only a photograph,' he said. None of the defense counsel wanted to cross-examine Samuel Rajzman either. Besides such witnesses, the Russians could produce documents of suffering too - documents on tortures, beatings, castrations, injections with poison, infections with cancer, typhus, malaria. They had too many documents. But how could the court refuse to accept in evidence the statement which Jacob Vernik, a Warsaw carpenter, had given his government? It described the year he had spent at Treblinka. The judges knew all too much by now about camps like Treblinka. But Vernik said that writing his statement had given him the only reason to continue his life. 'Awake or asleep I see the terrible visions of thousands of people calling for help, begging for life and mercy. I have lost all my family, I have myself led them to death. I have myself built the death chambers in which they were murdered. I am afraid of everything. I fear that everything I have seen is written on my face. An old and broken life is a very heavy burden, but I must carry on and live to tell the world what German crimes and barbarism I saw.' At the end of a morning session, where the massacre of the Jews at Vilna was described and Severina Shmaglerskaya gave her evidence, Doenitz's counsel Dr. Kranzbuehler asked him 'Didn't anybody know anything about any of these things?' Doenitz shook his head and shrugged his shoulders sadly. Goering turned round. 'Of course not ... The higher you stand the less you see of what is going on below.' They all ate their lunches in silence that day.<59>" (Tusa, 200-201) <59> Gilbert (G.M. Gilbert, "Nuremberg Diary," Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1948) *** The authors have mis-quoted the Nuremberg testimony of Rajzman. He does not use the word "ovens" in his testimony, as they claim: "There were plans to increase the number of ovens from ten to twenty-five to keep up with the output of the gas chambers." The Soviet Counsellor Smirnov questions Rajzman - here is the relevant transcript, taken from the Aristarchus CDROM: "Rajzman: At first there were only 3 gas chambers, but then they built 10 more chambers. It was planned to increase this number to 25. " At no point does Rajzman mention "ovens." Nizkor's thanks to Matt Giwer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for pointing out the Tusa error so that we could investigate and correct it. (Giwer, Amazing) Work Cited Giwer, Matt. UseNet alt.revisionism. Subject: "Amazing nonsense if you look for it.," June 10, 1996. Message-ID: email@example.com, archived within URL http://www.almanac.bc.ca/cgi-bin/ftp.pl?people/g/giwer.matt/1996/giwer.0696 Tusa, Ann & John. The Nuremberg Trial. Birmingham, Alabama: The Notable Trials Library, Division of Gryphon Editions, Inc., 1990 IMT VIII. Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal. Volume VIII. Proceedings: 2/20/1946-3/7/1946. IMT, 1947. pp. 327-329.
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