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Commandant of Auschwitz—Rudolf Höss, His Torture and His Forced Confessions

Greek scholar Panagiotis Heliotis reviews a series of books written by Greek Jews who were deported to Auschwitz during the Second World War.

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  • Holocaust and Genocide Denial: A Contextual Perspective

    (Publish Date: 2018-02-07 20:59:13)

    Orthodox historians avoid discussing Holocaust revisionism, but there are exceptions. This paper reviews such an exception: the 2017 book Holocaust and Genocide Denial by Paul Behrens, Nicholas Terry and Olaf Jensen.

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  • Christian Gerlach's The Extermination of the European Jews

    (Publish Date: 2018-01-30 22:26:45)

    German historian Prof. Dr. Christian Gerlach has written a major book on the Holocaust. The title suggests that it is about The Extermination of the European Jews, but as this review shows, the author has shirked the topic almost entirely, and he even found an excuse for doing so.

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  • Voices of the Holocaust

    (Publish Date: 2018-01-30 22:15:33)

    Remembering: Voices of the Holocaust is a collection of a great number of snippets taken from testimonies of various Holocaust survivors. This brief paper reviews some of them that contain statements about the Auschwitz Camp.

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  • From Greece to Birkenau

    (Publish Date: 2018-01-30 21:55:39)

    The Greek Jew Leon Cohen claims to have been a member of the infamous Auschwitz Sonderkommando in 1944 tasked with cremating the victims of mass murder. After the war, he wrote a book about his experiences, which this brief paper analyzses.

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  • From Athens to Auschwitz

    (Publish Date: 2018-01-30 21:47:59)

    Errikos Sevillias was deported from Athens to Auschwitz in 1944. His memoir, which this brief artcile reviews, was first published in 1983.

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  • The Diary of Prisoner Number 109565

    (Publish Date: 2018-01-30 21:39:16)

    The Greek Jew Heinz Kounio was deported to Auschwitz in March 1943 at the age of 15. He and his father were put to work there. This brief article reviews Kouino’s memoirs, which were first published in 1981.

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  • Memories of a Thessalonian Jewess

    (Publish Date: 2018-01-30 21:33:43)

    The Greek Jew Erika Kounio was deported along with her family to Birkenau in March 1943 at age 15. Due to her knowledge of German, she ended up as a secretary in the camp’s Gestapo headquarters. Her tale, first published in 1996, is the object of this analysis.

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  • The Violinist

    (Publish Date: 2018-01-30 21:11:51)

    Jacob (Jacques) Stroumsa, a Jew who was deported from Greece to Auschwitz, ended up playing the violin in the camp orchestra. This brief contribution reviews some of his more interesting experiences and claims about his time in Auschwitz.

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  • Homage to Fred Leuchter, the Alleged Impostor and True Engineer

    (Publish Date: 2018-01-29 00:26:10)

    This year, 2018, marks the 30th anniversary of the Leuchter Report, the expert report compiled by Fred A. Leuchter on the rooms at the Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek Camps commonly referred to as “gas chambers.” In this contribution, I will not deal with the merits of Leuchter’s Report, on which rivers of ink have been poured out. In this regard, I limit myself to pointing all interested parties to the critical edition of Leuchter’s reports edited by Germar Rudolf. What I propose, instead, is to examine Leuchter’s professional qualifications, about which many falsehoods have been promoted in an attempt to denigrate and discredit the aforementioned Report.

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  • How the Standard Holocaust Narrative Got off the Ground

    (Publish Date: 2018-01-28 18:55:27)
    Hellishly flaming crematoria; lines of doomed Jews trudging through the snow from cattle cars; heartless selections; gas chambers! The story, loosely put together during the war, really took off when Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Höss "confessed." A new book on his post-war fate sheds light on what the tales from his mouth a worth.
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