Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: Holocaust Almanac: Tattoo "debunking" debunked (3/3) Summary: Gannon's "case" "debunking" the evidence of tanned human skin fails to survive on its merits, as the testimony at Nuremberg clearly demonstrates. Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Followup-To: alt.revisionism Organization: The Old Frog's Almanac, Vancouver Island, CANADA Keywords: tattoo,Buchenwald,Dupont,Balachowsky,Dachau,Koch Lines: 94
Archive/File: holocaust/germany/nuremberg tattoo.002 Last-Modified: 1994/03/09 "Two French physicians, Victor Dupont and Alfred Balachowsky, described their experiences at Buchenwald, paralleling those of Blaha at Dachau. Balachowsky closed the book on a controversy that had had its inception during the American introduction of the shrunken head and tattooed piece of skin from Buchenwald on December 13. At the time, both Kaltenbrunner's attorney, Kurt Kauffmann, and Bormann's attorney, Friedrich Bergold, had complained that the prosceution was not being entirely above board. Bergold protested 'the prosecution's failure to mention a very important point, namely, that the German authorities indicted this inhuman SS leader [the Buchenwald commandant, Karl Koch] and his wife and condemned them to death. It is highly probable that the prosecution knew of this and that those horrible exhibits of perverted human nature, which were presented to us, were found in the files of the German court. If the prosecution had stated that this man was condemned to death, then, in the first place, the evidence against the defendent Kaltenbrunner would not have appeared so weighty, and second, public opinion would on the whole have been left with a different impression.' (IMT, vol. 3, p. 594) On January 14, Thomas Dodd had replied for the American prosecution: 'I wish to say that we had no knowledge at all about this man Kock at the time that we offered the proof; we didn't know anything about him except that he had been the commandant. But, subsequently to this objection we had an investigation made, and we have found that he was tried in 1944, indeed, by an SS court, but not for having tanned human skin nor having a preserved human head, but for having embezzled some money, for what -- as the judge who tired him tells us -- was a charge of general corruption, and for having murdered someone with whom he had some personal difficulties. Indeed, the judge, a Dr. Morgen, tells us that he saw the tattooed human skin and he saw a human head in Commandant Koch's office, and that he saw a lampshade there made out of human skin. But there were no charges at the time that he was tried for having done these things.'(IMT, vol. 5, pp. 200-201) Koch, in fact, had become so corrupt and paranoid that it had been impossible for the SS administration to ignore his failings. He had extorted hundreds of thousands of marks from weathy Jews who had been sent to Buchenwald after the Kristallnacht, he had operated a number of rackets in conjunction with the Nazi Party leader of Weimar, and he had had every prisoner who learned too much or might have become an embarrassment to him because of his activities killed. His guilty conscience had caused him to believe that one of the prisoners, a diminutive Jew with marked physical peculiarities, was spying on him not only within the camp but slipping out and following him all over Germany (and then voluntarily returning). To rid himself of this phantom, Koch had the man murdered. (Ho"hne, pp. 384-386) 'Do you know anything about the fate of tattooed men?' Charles Dubost, a deputy French prosecutor, inquired of Dr. Balachowsky on January 29. 'Tattooed human skins were stored in Block 2, which was called at Buchenwald the Pathological Block,' Balachowsky replied. 'Did they skin people?' 'They removed the skin and then tanned it.' 'We were told that Koch, who was the head at the time, was sentenced for this practice.' 'I was not a witness of the Koch affair, which happened before I came to the camp.' 'So even after he left there were still tanned and tattooed skins?' 'Yes, there were constantly tanned and tattooed skins, and when the camp was liberated by the Americans, they found in the camp, in Block 2, tattooed and tanned skins on 11 April 1945.'" (IMT, vol. 6, pp. 311-312) (Conot, 297-298) Work Cited Conot, Robert E. Justice at Nuremberg. New York: Harper & Row, 1983 Ho"hne, Heinz. The Order of the Death's Head. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1970, as cited in Conot Abbreviations IMT. International Military Tribunal, Trial of the Major War Criminals; the published transcipts of the trial. NCA. Nazi Conspiracy and Aggession, the 10-volume compendium of the prosecution's agruments.
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