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From Wed Sep  4 21:16:31 PDT 1996
Article: 62433 of alt.revisionism
From: Laurinda Stryker 
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Subject: Re: 1-Auschwitz, a secret? (repost)
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 1996 18:32:56 +0000
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Mike Curtis wrote:
> (Matt  Giwer) wrote:

> I see, now it is a transmitter/receiver. This sounds like a different
> radio. Where was this one located?
> >       Right at the time when the supposed gassing was being done at
> >Auschwitz.  Quite a good system of secret keeping.
> >
> Giwer, I see no discussion of who had the radio or how it was used.

>From  Jozef Garlinski, _Fighting Auschwitz_ (Fawcett, 1975), pp. 

	'There, in the cellar [of Block No. 20], underground electricians set 
up a transmitting station.  It was an excellent place, for typhus was 
rife in the camp and the SS-men were very unwilling to enter the 
infected area: Block No. 20 was specially set aside for infectious 
ilness.  Through contacts, established earlier for sending reports and 
secret correspondence, the Silesia District of the Home Army was 
informed of the wavelengths on which they would broadcast.  Reception 
was organized as near as possible to the camp.  For seven months, 
Stössel tranmitted from the secret radio-station.  Transmissions were 
infrequent, at various times; the bulletins concerned new transports, 
the death rate in the camp and general living conditions.  
Unfortunately no details concerning reception have been preserved; 
none of the people near the camp, who organized the monitoring of the 
secret station and forwarded the news, survived the war.
	'The SS-men soon got to know that the transmitter was working and 
looked for it furiously.  They pulled up floors in the workshops and 
stores, tapped the walls, questioned informers.  It was a painful time 
for the whole SS garrison, as it undermined their prestige and made 
fools of them in the eyes of the prisoners.  The search for the 
transmitter was carried on outside the camp as well, in areas 
adjoining it.  The SS-men never found it, but in the autumn of 1942 it 
was thought necessary to dismantle the set and stop transmitting.  Too 
many prisoners knew about it and not all would be able to keep silent.
	'Some informants state that the organization had a second crystal set 
at this time, but Pilecki's report does not confirm this.'

Two notes.  First, the content of the transmissions is not 
discoverable.  It is nonsense, then, to assert that the transmissions 
did not contain information about gassings.  No one knows either way.

Second, the transmitter was in operation for seven months, ending in 
autumn 1942.  The mass extermination of the Jews in Auschwitz began in 
the summer of 1942; the crematoria at Birkenau, however, were not 
completed until 1943.  See Nora Levin, _The Holocaust_ (Schocken, 
1973), pp. 315-16; Raul Hilbert, _The Destruction of the European 
Jews_ (abridged edition, Holmes & Meier, 1985), p. 233.

Laurinda Stryker
School of Historical and Critical Studies
University of Brighton
10-11 Pavilion Parade
Brighton BN2 1RA  UK

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