Elie Wiesel died on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the age of 87.
On the individual, see A Prominent False Witness: Elie Wiesel (October 17, 1986) and, in French, Un grand faux témoin: Elie Wiesel (Suite) (June 29, 1993).
He passes for a renowned witness, par excellence, of Auschwitz. However, in his account of that camp he never mentions gas chambers but claims that the Germans exterminated their victims in open-air blazes.
In that account he also reminds us that in January 1945, with the Soviet troops approaching, the Germans decided to leave, giving the internees the choice of either staying there or heading for the interior of Germany with their German guards. After careful consideration, Wiesel father and Wiesel son decided, voting with their feet, to leave with their guards and mass-killers rather than wait for their Soviet liberators.
The Red Army took over Auschwitz on January 27, 1945 and I personally uncovered the fact that Pravda (The Truth) had, in its editions of the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st of January, remained silent about the discovery of the camp, and that only on February 2 did it announce the big news: at Auschwitz the Germans systematically put their prisoners to death with electricity: the victims’ bodies fell onto a conveyor belt that carried them to the top of a blast furnace where they were dumped and burnt.
At around the same time Nuremberg Tribunal document no. PS-3311, summarising in English certain Polish affidavits, instructed us that at Treblinka the Jews were killed with water vapour in “steam chambers”.
But very soon afterwards all those fine lying people were connected to the “gas grid” of the War Refugee Board in Washington, discarding the fire, water, electricity, quicklime, vacuum pumps and other mad inventions of war propaganda, which were often reprises from those of the Allied propaganda about the Huns and Teutons during the First World War.
“The frenzy of lying and believing is catching like the itch” (Céline).
As the good folk will say, “It’s all certainly true! It’s so enormous! It can’t just be made up! Who would go and make up such horrors?”
PS: Note what the conventional historian Pierre Vidal-Naquet (1930-2006) said of Elie Wiesel’s “dangerous” character, accusing him of “talking rubbish”: Pierre Vidal-Naquet juge Elie Wiesel (April 20, 1987, in French).
July 3, 2016