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Letter Sent to Adelaide Institute
September 2, 1996
Part 1 of 5

Dr. Toben,

Thank you for your response, and my apologies for not returning your correspondence earlier. I regret that technical considerations have kept me so busy. (We've got five mirror sites now; perhaps you'd noticed; our new preferred home page URL is

First of all, let me point out that all our correspondence from now on will be archived at

Now, on to your response. I think that there is little that I need to say. I asked two straightforward questions and you dodged them both. Your response was to ask me a dozen rhetorical questions (and to insist on answers).

The First Question

My first question was why you continued to "make hay" out of the Polish Communist government's 1990 decision to admit what historians had been saying for years: that there were not three million Polish victims at Auschwitz, along with the one million Jewish victims, but rather that the overwhelming number of victims were Jewish. You incorrectly refer to this as a reduction in the number of Jewish victims from four to one million. Your response, boiled down, was:

Blaming the former Soviet and Polish Communist governments, as you do in your explanation, is a total cop-out

There was a lot of rhetoric surrounding this answer, but I'm afraid I don't have time to deal in voluminous rhetoric; I ask straightforward questions and I hope for straightforward answers. I was disappointed. You failed to explain what you meant by "total cop-out"; you failed to even begin to attack my facts or my reasoning.

In particular, my question itself was: claim that it is an "allegation" that "four million [Jews] alone" were killed "at the Auschwitz concentration camp." Would you please present your documentation showing where this was alleged?

You did not do so.

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