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The only two witnesses who were ever cross-examined had to admit in 1985 that their accounts were not true: Arnold Friedman confessed of never having experienced what he had claimed, and Rudolf Vrba admitted of having used poetic license to "embellish" his statements. Vrba is one of the most famous Auschwitz witnesses. However, once asked if all claims Vrba had made about Auschwitz in the famous movie Shoa were true, Vrba replied: "I do not know. I was just an actor and I recited my text." He told this with a sardonic smile to his Jewish friend Georg Klein (G. Klein, Pietŕ, Stockholm, p. 141). THE HOLOCAUST CONTROVERSY The Case For Open Debate An Introduction by Germar Rudolf
The prosecution counted on the testimony of "survivors." These "survivors"
were chosen with care. They were supposed to testify that they had seen, with
their own eyes, preparations for and the carrying out of homicidal gassings.
Since the war, in a series of trials like those at Nuremberg (194546), Jerusalem
(1961), or Frankfurt (1963-65), such witnesses have never been lacking. However,
as I have often noted, no lawyer for the defense had ever had the courage or the
competence necessary to cross-examine these witnesses on the gassings
For the first time, in Toronto in 1985, one lawyer, Douglas Christie, dared to ask for explanations. He did it with the help of topographical maps and building plans as well as scholarly documentation on both the properties of the gases supposedly used and also on the capacities for cremation, whether carried out in crematory ovens or on pyres. Not one of these witnesses stood the test, and especially not Arnold Friedman. Despairing of his case, he ended by confessing that he had indeed been at Auschwitz-Birkenau (where he never had to work except once, unloading potatoes), but that, as regards gassings, he had relied on what others had told him. The Zündel Trials (1985 and 1988) by ROBERT FAURISSON
Vrba Germar Rudolf