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Why Wasn't Auschwitz Bombed? In 1944 Allied planes repeatedly bombed the large synthetic rubber and chemical plant 3 miles (5 kms) from Auschwitz, but did not bomb Auschwitz camp-buildings or surrounding rail-bridges or rail-lines because British and American military studies, compiled from spy reports and air photos, concluded inmates were not being murdered or abused in the visible camps.
11 'Eye-Witness' Stories Contradicted by Air Photos
Photo Fakery Exposed! By Richard A. Widmann
[Comparison between Monowitz and Birkenau]. Compared to industrial coke piles, cremation buildings held only 6 tons to cremate 100 corpses a day.
Much like Treblinka, the Belzec camp could easily be looked into from the nearby rail line and road. The town of Belzec was located about 1 mile north of the camp....The Majdanek camp is located at the outskirts of the city of Lublin. Just as for Treblinka, the surrounding fields were cultivated right up to the camp boundary. The alleged gas chambers and the crematorium were outside the camp proper, openly visible and accessible to thousands of people living in the suburbs of Lublin. AIR PHOTO EVIDENCE by JOHN CLIVE BALL
After the war the Allies said no mass-murders occurred at walled-camps like
Mauthausen, yet the mass-murder of thousands-a-day were kept secret for over one
year in camps like Auschwitz, Treblinka and Majdanek, surrounded by see-through
wire-fences, roads, and towns, where it would have been impossible to keep
mass-murders secret for even one day.
In 1945 Soviet propagandists made a mistake by alleging secret mass-murders at visible camps like Auschwitz and Treblinka, instead of at camps like Mauthausen where the walls would have allowed secrecy. Years later when they realized their mistake it was too late to change as Auschwitz had been promoted as the largest, most important mass-murder camp. http://www.air-photo.com/english/
One qualitatively excellent sequence of photos from June 26, 1944 breaks off just before Auschwitz. While it is possible that the cameras were turned off immediately after the plane flew over the main point of interest, namely the synthetic rubber plant in Monowitz, it seems more probable that these photos of excellent quality and resolution were in fact removed before the public could view them.AIR PHOTO EVIDENCE by JOHN CLIVE BALL
it is interesting that in Birkenau, as well, the surrounding fields were cultivated right up to the camp boundary, which would have defeated any attempts to keep events in the camp secret.AIR PHOTO EVIDENCE by JOHN CLIVE BALL
I went to the National Archives and requested to see the originals, since the
photos given to me as originals had clearly been altered. And in fact I was then
given air photos which I was assured were the originals. These were indeed of
better quality than the negatives I had been given first: due to the better
focus, the work of the forgers was considerably more clearly apparent at the
same places on the photos. When I pointed this out to the Archives staff, I was
told that these were the negatives which the National Archives had received from
the CIA in 1979, and that they had always believed that they were in the precise
state in which they had been taken out of the reconnaissance planes in 1944. I
was told that I was the first member of the public ever to have seen these
negatives. Now they would be returned to the archives forever and be handed out
only on the request of government agencies such as the CIA.
In light of the poor quality of the forgeries on these air photos it is not likely that the alterations were added by a government agency or by the CIA itself. These authorities have highly qualified staff and advanced technology at their disposal and would have produced forgeries that were perfect, or at least very difficult to expose. AIR PHOTO EVIDENCE by JOHN CLIVE BALL
From November 1941 to September 1942 some 45,000 inmates died in Birkenau, mostly of typhus (cf. J.-C. Pressac, Les Crématoires d'Auschwitz, la Machinerie du meurtre de masse, Paris: CNRS, 1993, pp. 144ff). AIR PHOTO EVIDENCE by JOHN CLIVE BALL
Hamburg, Katyn, Bergen-Belsen. The mass graves of Hamburg, Katyn and Bergen-Belsen demonstrate how great the area requirements are for mass graves. Due to the area required for the excavated material, which in realistic terms is much greater than the theoretical minimum areas calculated in Table 1, 10,000 bodies need at least 4,000m2 (43,000 sq.ft.). Treblinka Mass graves for the alleged 700,000 to 1.2 million victims of this camp would have required 40 times as much space as the witnesses state was available. The ground in the camp area shows no traces of former building foundations, large mass graves or burning pits. AIR PHOTO EVIDENCE by JOHN CLIVE BALL
Sobibor, Belzec, Majdanek. As in the case of Treblinka, it would have been impossible in Majdanek or Belzec to keep any mass murder secret; the close proximity of settlements and roads, and the cultivation of surrounding farm land right up to the camp fences, saw to that. In no case is there any evidence for mass graves or burning pits. Babi Yar The ravine of Babi Yar underwent no noticeable changes in topography or vegetation up to the end of the War. There are no signs of human intervention during the time of German occupation. There was no human activity there at the time of the mass cremations attested to by the witnesses. AIR PHOTO EVIDENCE by JOHN CLIVE BALL
Auschwitz-Birkenau. The few air photos of Auschwitz-Birkenau known to date from the period of December 1943 to February 1945 show no signs of fuel depots, smoke from chimneys or open fires, burning pits or pyres. The photos were altered: Zyklon B input hatches, groups of inmates, and walls around crematoria were retouched onto the photo negatives. Insofar as they still exist, photos of good quality are being kept from the public. One must assume that any actual mass murder activities would not have escaped the notice of the air photo interpreters. This would have resulted in the bombing of the camp - which, however, was carefully refrained from. AIR PHOTO EVIDENCE by JOHN CLIVE BALL
The Bottom Line. To this day there is no air photo evidence to support the alleged mass murder of the Jews at any location in Europe occupied by the Germans during World War Two. Further, air photo analysis refutes the claim that the Nazis had intended, at whatever time, to keep events in the alleged extermination camps secret. In many cases the air photos provide clear proof that some of the events attested to by witnesses, such as the destruction of the Hungarian Jews or the mass executions at Babi Yar, did not in fact take place. We may hope that the release of Soviet air photos dating from the time the camps were in operation will shed further light on these issues. The fact that these photos have not been published to date may already speak for itself. That the photos in Western hands were altered in order to incriminate Germany, and were first published by the CIA, is also very significant indeed. AIR PHOTO EVIDENCE by JOHN CLIVE BALL
Who has a pool at a death camp ?
Do you build a hospital next to a gas chamber ?
Does the Camp Commander live 1200' from the gas chamber ?
What is a theater doing there ?