Archive/File: holocaust/ussr oss.report Last-Modified: 1994/08/24 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael P. Stein) Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: Soviet-supplied proof: the OSS fact-checks Uncle Joe Date: 21 Aug 1994 22:22:53 -0400 Organization: Express Access Online Communications, Greenbelt, MD USA Message-ID: <email@example.com> In article
, Greg Raven wrote: >Oh, boy. More Soviet-supplied "proof." It seems that the OSS did not fully trust Uncle Joe, and decided to subject him to a little fact checking. While it is not direct evidence, I thought this document might be of interest to those wondering about the accuracy of Soviet charges and evidence in general. Take note of the last paragraph, and of the date of the report. _A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF SOVIET ATROCITY CHARGES_ _Summary and Conclusions_ The Soviet State Extraordinary Commission for Ascertaning and Investigating the Crimes Committed by the German-fascist Invaders and Their Accomplices charges that, according to preliminary figures, the Germans had executed two million Russian citizens by March 1944. This charge was preceded by numerous atrocity charges for particular regions and cities, emanating from the commission and from other sources. The present report assembles the various Russian charges and attempts to check the total figure on atricities which the Russians have published with the individual charges for different regions. On the basis of the latter, an estimate of 2.4 millions is obtained as the number executed in invaded areas within the pre-1939 borders. The rather small discrepancy between this estimate and teh Russians' own total may readily be explained by statistical errors, and possibly by the fact that the figures may not be altogether comparable. The consistency between the estimated total and the Russian total, of course, does not validate the Russian charges. But it suggests that the Russian total is based on a compilation of individual charges for different localities, and accordingly was not produced arbitrarily for purely propaganda purposes. The validity of the Soviet charges may also be judged in the light of the following considerations: 1. The charges, in general, are presented in round numbers, which clearly stamps them as estimates rather than actual counts. However, it seems clear that the estimates of the State Extraordiary Commission, at least, are based on careful investigation and analysis of factual evidence. There is no discernible inconsistency between the Commission's charges and other charges. 2. There appears to be a striking positive correlation between the magnitude of the atrocity charges for different localities and the proportion of Jews in the population of these localities. 3. There are several inconsistencies in the individual Soviet charges. These are minor in character, however, and probably are explainable in terms of differences in the contexts in which the various charges appear. In general, the same figures are put forth consistently in different Soviet publications. One fact that clearly emerges from this analysis is that the Germans have extended to occupied Russia their policy of liquidating the Jewish population of Europe. Source: Report 2256*, "A Statistical Analysis of Soviet Atrocity Charges," United States Office of Strategic Services, Research and Analysis Branch, 4 July 1944. *The facsimile is poor; it appears that the last two digits of the report number were mistyped and then written over in pen. I *think* the number is 2256, but it might be 2255 or 2266. - mstein -- Mike Stein The above represents the Absolute Truth. POB 10420 Therefore it cannot possibly be the official Arlington, VA 22210 position of my employer.
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