Elements Of Holocaust Denial

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Holocaust denial consists of claims that the genocide of Jews during World War II did not occur at all, or that it did not happen in the manner or to the extent historically recognized ("Holocaust Denial"). David Irving, a popular Holocaust denier, claimed in a speech in Portland, Oregon, "Yes, hundreds of thousands of people were killed, but there were no factories of death" ("Representative Quotes"). Deborah Lipstadt, an American historian, author and Holocaust denier, reports that a 1993 Roper Poll found that twenty two percent of American adults and twenty percent of American high school students believe that it is possible that the Holocaust didn't happen. A 1993 Newsweek poll found that a full forty percent of American adults express…show more content…
Gas chambers are claimed to be one of the leading cause of death in concentration and extermination camps during the Holocaust. Judith Berg, the survivor that appeared on the Phil Donahue show, claimed she lived near the crematorium in Auschwitz, where she spent several months. It is a wonder to many individuals how deniers can claim that the extermination of Jews by gas chambers never happened when these facilities still exist to this day. One of the leading Holocaust deniers, Fred A. Leuchter, America's leading specialist on the design and fabrication of execution equipment, was curious about the gas chambers. In 1988, Leuchter scraped samples from the "gas chamber" walls in Auschwitz, Birkenau and Lublin. Cyanide residue would be clearly evident on all these walls if gassings did occur. To his astonishment, Leuchter found no significant cyanide traces in any one of these rooms. In 1991, the Polish government repeated these tests to disprove Leuchter's findings, but they as well found no evidence of any gassings ever occurring. Also the structure of these gas chambers was also extremely faulty. The rooms had ordinary doors and windows which are not sealed causing large gaps between the floors and doors. If the Nazis had attempted to gas anyone in these rooms, they would have killed themselves, as the gas would have leaked and contaminated the entire area. But that's not all no equipment exists to exhaust the
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