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Joszef Paczynski

CNN Wednesday, January 26, 2005

We invited readers to comment on the story by CNN's Steve Goldberg, "Barber to the SS, witness to the Holocaust," in which former Polish prisoner at Auschwitz, Joszef Paczynski, (right), claimed to have witnessed gassings in the building opposite by looking through roof tiles.

Link: The Revisionist Forum dissects his story

Letter I JUST wanted to point out a problem I have with the Joszef Paczynski story. The man claims to have witnessed a gassing from the attic of the building he and other inmates worked in. He creates this story of the risk he took to sneak into the attic and lift a tile.

Outside the gas chamber, where Paczynski saw prisoners undressing

The thing is, he - and any of the other inmates working downstairs - could have witnessed this gassing from any of the windows shown in the photograph of the building. Seems like a major stumbling block to me.

Lizard King


Letter YOU solicited evidence in connection with the January 26, 2005 CNN gas chamber story where a Mr. Paczynski said, "I went to the attic of the building, stood on a box and lifted the roof tiles a bit, and I could see exactly what was going on."

The interior of the chamber where prisoners at Auschwitz were gassed

Lacking a specific reference identifying just which building provided this gentleman's penetrating glimpse into the Holocaust, one can still draw conclusions about his veracity by weighing a couple of lines in his account.

For one thing, we can look at roofing materials. With common asphalt tile roofing a penetration from below would entail punching a hole up through the supportive sheathing and underlayment, and this wrecking crew operation would have alerted the "very polite" SS officers whose every word was discernable. If he could hear them, they could hear him.

The only other possibility is that the tiles in play here were masonry, either clay or concrete, both of which are interlocking and can be supported by a relatively open framework skeleton. I suppose such interlocking ceramic tiles could be hiked up "a bit" to provide the glimpse described, but our narrator doesn't mention the fork lift or set of hydraulic jacks that would make this operation feasible.

Also, while the narrator "stood on a box" below the roof he'd perforated, all sounds reaching his ears would be attenuated and non-directional. A little further along, through this same low-tech orifice, our auditioner heard "loud screams" penetrating the massive masonry walls, floor and ceiling of a neighboring building. He didn't say anything about peephole gas chamber doors with hermetic seals that we've run into time and time again, but in their absence we'd have the gas wafting out and the victims straggling off. However, to the profound detriment of our narrator, the closure of these gas tight doors that would have precipitated screaming would also have precluded any such sound from reaching him.

Aubrey Soper


Letter WELL, this is very interesting story with the usual "chronological flaws" of dates and places.

Now the SS men have their hair cut every day after the "gassings" and Rudolph Höss left the camp two months earlier than thought and they aren't using the "Little Red Farmhouse", the converted bunkers outside Auschwit/Birkenau, but are gassing the victims in the main camp 1.6 kilometers from Birkenau. Obviously, our "barber" has his dates confused and the location of the "barber shop" as well.

This is the best story since the Polish female was saved from the "gas chambers" by Dr. Joseph Mengele in December of 1942, while he was still with his Waffen SS unit in Russia. Dr. Mengele did not arrive at Auschwitz until May 23, 1943 after being wounded in Russia and being given the choice of going back to the Eastern Front or serving in a concentration camp system. (See Danuta Czech's Kalendarium)

The building from which Paczynski witnessed prisoners being gassed

Funny that our "barber" didn't see the "elecrocution devices with conveyor belts of death that fed into blast furnaces" that the Soviets discovered in January of 1945 at Auschwitz and published in Pravda in February of 1945. (Source: Heretical Press)

Little wonder that Josef Stalin had the first "Holocaust book", The Black Book of the Jewish People, by Ilya Ehrenburg and Vassily Grossman destroyed when they published the story of the "gigantic electrocution device/ crematorium plate that was allegedly used at Belzec to exterminate the victims. Josef Stalin was no fool . . . . and shortly thereafter the "gas chamber" story took the center stage and the "evidence" was constructed at Auschwitz in 1948. Say Stalin was planning another "Holocaust" against the Jewish people when he mysteriously died two days before their shipment to Siberia? Excellent timing to say the least for the standpoint of the victims (Source: Edvard Radzinsky's book, Stalin)

If these "survivors" must embellish the "truth" (whatever it is), they should at least consult the published timeline so that their "extraordinary" tales of mayhem and death more closely corresponds to what is actually known about these camps and their history.

Frank L. Lowe Jr.


Letter WE just read this article and your comment about Paczynski. We can understand your point and the so-called search for your truth. Well, we can also understand your attitude about Paczynski's perception. Both Paczynski's and your attitude may be hypothetical. But we believe Paczynski's. Why? Because he was there, and you were not. You're the writer, he's the barber. He's Polish, you're English. It does matter, no matter what you may think about that. Now, talking about slitting Hoss's throat? Why didn't Churchill use his "genius" to slit Stalin's throat? It's absurd, isn't it?

[...] Although he's 85, Paczynski may sleep sweetly, others may dream their nightmares that will never end.

Polish Internet Browsers
(or whatever you call them in English).


See too on this website:

Auschwitz index
Elie Wiesel index | Christopher Hitchens on Wiesel in The Nation, Feb 2001: "Is there a more contemptible poseur and windbag" | Was Wiesel ever at Buchenwald camp?
New York Times: A Bear-Faced Lie? Time 'Too Painful' to Remember
From Misha Defonseca's flight from Nazis to publication of her memoir, life has been a battle against the odds

NOTE: ASSHOL* member. David Irving invented this fictitious ASSOCIATION of SPURIOUS SURVIVORS of the HOLOCAUST and OTHER LIARS in a speech in Canada, to describe people like Wilkomirski and Wiesel and Foxman.  

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