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Arieh Lebowitz Response to Deniers

(posted to this site on 2/18/2013)

Arieh Lebowitz, Associate Director of Jewish Labor Committee responded to Sonya Brendon of Sydney, Austrailia who questioned the existence of evidence of gas chamber that killed Holocaust victims. His response details documented sources of that evidence. Click here to read his entire response. It is posted here with permission from Arieh Lebowitz.

Dear Sonya Brendon,

As to your “little problem,” it was not at all clear to me why you had so much difficulty finding the information you seek regarding the subject of gas chambers. Your thought that “it will be easy with the abundance of material about this issue” was well-warranted. Just a few moment’s research and I found enough information with which you can easily rebut those who challenged you. Of course, all of us have different skills in tracking down information on the web, but I cannot understand why “after searching the internet” you were “not finding anything.”

It is possible that some of those who challenged you to “find a name of one single person of Jewish origin who could be shown as died in a gas chamber” were either Holocaust deniers or just getting involved in a sophomoric discussion. In either event, do not let them deter you from learning more about the tragic reality of the Holocaust, including the murder of Jews – and others – by the Germans during the Holocaust years. By the way, you really should see such items as this about the pernicious nature of Holocaust denial:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extermination_camp#Holocaust_denial

As you may know, the Nazis kept very good records of who were killed in gas chambers, and more generally in concentration camps and death camps. And many of those records survive to this day. Of course, their records were kept in German. But many of their records are available in diverse languages. You might want to look at this website, of the International Tracing Service: http://www.its-arolsen.org/en/homepage/index.html

You no doubt have heard of Auschwitz . A number of camps, such as Auschwitz , used Zyklon B gas to murder the victims there. For more basic information on Auschwitz , please see here: http://www.deathcamps.org/gas_chambers/gas_chambers_auschwitz.html

There is now a memorial and museum there, and here is a link to its website: http://en.auschwitz.org/m/ The archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in O?wi?cim, Poland , have details on many of those killed in Auschwitz . On their website you can also find The database of the partially preserved records of Auschwitz prisoners. Go here, and for instance, type in the last name Kagan, a Jewish family name: http://en.auschwitz.org/m/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=31 You will find the name of a number of people killed in Auschwitz .

Here is information on the Gas Chambers at Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka: http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/ar/argaschambers.html As you may have discovered in your research, Belzec was equipped with carbon monoxide gas chambers.

As for researching – even as a layperson – the names of individuals who died in a gas chamber, please see here, a very partial list of people, some of whom died in the Belzec extermination camp, and others who survived: http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/ar/belzec/belzecrememberme.html

Here is information on the Gas Chambers at Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka: http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/ar/argaschambers.html As you may have discovered in your research, Belzec was equipped with carbon monoxide gas chambers.

And here is a rather detailed description of Sobibor, http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005192

Please also see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extermination_camp

You wrote that you were in Sydney , Australia . You – and those with whom you were discussing these matters – would benefit from a visit to the Sydney Jewish Museum. Details here: http://www.sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au/About-Us/Overview/default.aspx

I cannot help but think that the good people at the Sydney Jewish Museum would be excellent resources as you continue your research.

Sincerely,

Arieh
Arieh Lebowitz – Associate Director – Jewish Labor Committee – www.jewishlabor.org