- It is past time for an international investigation
conducted by truly impartial scientists, researchers and scholars into
the reality of Auschwitz to properly and as accurately as possible
bring history into accord with the facts. Peoples of all religions and
persuasions have a right to such facts. So far, as the following data
demonstrates, we are a long way from a consensus on the truth of what
happened at Auschwitz in WWII.
- Source: Cited by the French documentary, Night and
Fog, which has been shown to millions of school students
- Source: The French War Crime Research Office, Doc.
- Source: Also cited by the French War Crime Research
- Source: Cited in the book Auschwitz Doctor by Miklos
Nyiszli. It has since been proven that this book is a fraud and the
"doctor" was never even at Auschwitz, even though the book is often
cited by historians.
- 5,000,000 to 5,500,000
- Source: Cited in 1945 at the trial of Auschwitz
commander Rudolf Höss, based on his confession which was written in
English, a language he never spoke.
- Source: Cited on April 20, 1978 by the French daily,
Le Monde. Also cited on January 23, 1995 by the German daily Die Welt.
By September 1, 1989, Le Monde reduced the figure to 1,433,000.
- Source: In 1945 this figure was cited by another
witness at the aforementioned Höss trial.
- Source: Cited by a Soviet document of May 6, 1945
and officially acknowledged by the Nuremberg War Crimes trial. This
figure was also reported in The New York Times on April 18, 1945,
although 50 years later on January 26, 1995, The New York Times and
The Washington Post slashed the figure to 1,500,000 citing new
findings by the Auschwitz Museum officials. In fact, the figure of
4,000,000 was later repudiated by the Auschwitz museum officials in
1990 but the figure of 1,500,000 victims was not formally announced by
Polish President Lech Walesa until five years after the Auschwitz
historians had first announced their discovery.
- Source: Cited in the 1991 edition of the Dictionary
of the French Language and by Claude Lanzmann in 1980 in his
introduction to Filip Muller's book, Three Years in an Auschwitz Gas
- Source: Cited in a forced confession by Rudolf Höss,
the Auschwitz commander who said this was the number of those who had
died at Auschwitz prior to Dec. 1, 1943. Later cited in the June 7,
1993 issue of Heritage, the most widely read Jewish newspaper in
California, even though three years previously the authorities at the
Auschwitz museum had scaled down the figure to a minimum of 1,100,000
and a maximum of 1,500,000. (see below).
- Source: Cited by Rudolf Vrba (an author of various
fraudulent accounts of events he claims to have witnessed at
Auschwitz) when he testified on July 16, 1981 for the Israeli
government's war crimes trial of former SS official Adolf
- Source: Cited by Leon Poliakov (1951) writing in
Harvest of Hate; Georges Wellers, writing in 1973 in The Yellow Star
at the Time of Vichy; and Lucy Dawidowicz, writing in 1975 in The War
Against the Jews.
- 2,000,000 to 4,000,000
- Source: Cited by Yehuda Bauer in 1982 in his book, A
History of the Holocaust. However, by 1989 Bauer revised his figure to
- Source: This is a 1989 revision by Yehuda Bauer of
his earlier figure in 1982 of 2,000,000 to 4,000,000, Bauer cited this
new figure on September 22, 1989 in The Jerusalem Post, at which time
he wrote "The larger figures have been dismissed for years, except
that it hasn't reached the public yet."
- Source: In 1995 this was the number of Auschwitz
deaths announced by Polish President Lech Walesa as determined by
those at the Auschwitz museum. This number was inscribed on the
monument at the Auschwitz camp at that time, thereby "replacing" the
earlier 4,000,000 figure that had been formally repudiated (and
withdrawn from the monument) five years earlier in 1990. At that time,
on July 17, 1990 The Washington Times reprinted a brief article from
The London Daily Telegraph citing the "new" figure of 1,500,000 that
had been determined by the authorities at the Auschwitz museum. This
new figure was reported two years later in a UPI report published in
the New York Post on March 26, 1992. On January 26, 1995 both The
Washington Post and The New York Times cited this 1,500,000 figure as
the new "official" figure (citing the Auschwitz Museum
- Source: This is a 1983 figure cited by Georges
Wellers who (as noted previously) had determined, writing in 1973,
that some 2,000,000 had died.
- Source: This figure was cited on September 1, 1989
by the French daily, Le Monde, which earlier, on April 20, 1978, had
cited the figure at 4,000,000.
- Source: In the book, The Destruction of the European
Jews, by Raul Hilberg (1985).
- 1,100,000 to 1,500,000
- Source: Sources for this estimate are Yisrael Gutman
and Michael Berenbaum in their 1984 book, Anatomy of the Auschwitz
Death Camp. This estimate was later also cited by Walter Reich, former
director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, writing in The
Washington Post on September 8, 1998. The upper figure of 1,500,000 is
(the new) "official" figure as now inscribed at Auschwitz, with the
earlier figure of 4,000,000 having been removed from the memorial at
the site of the former concentration camp.
- Source: Jean-Claude Pressac, writing in his 1989
book Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers. This is
interesting since he wrote his book to repudiate so-called "Holocaust
deniers" who were called that precisely because they had questioned
the numbers of those who had died at Auschwitz.
- Source: Reported on August 3, 1990 11, by Aufbau, a
Jewish newspaper in New York.
- 800,000 to 900,000
- Source: Reported by Gerald Reitlinger in his book,
The Final Solution.
- 775,000 to 800,000
- Source: Jean-Claude Pressac's revised figure, put
forth in his 1993 book, The Crematoria of Auschwitz: The Mass Murder's
Machinery, scaling down his earlier claim of 1,000,000 dead.
- 630,000 to 710,000
- Source: In 1994 Pressac scaled his figure down
somewhat further; this is the figure cited in the German language
translation of Pressac's 1993 book originally published in French.
Again, this is substantially less than Pressac's 1989 figure of
- 135,000 to 140,000
- Source: This is an estimate based on documents held
by the International Tracing Service of the Red Cross. It is known
that International Tracing Service has a complete set of registration
documents. This is thought to include a complete set of roll-call data
which includes twice daily tallies of those who died. Although the
International Tracing Service of the Red Cross has such records, they
have never officially published an accurate count of those who died,
or even an accurate report as to exactly which documents they hold.
However, totals from these records have been obtained by various
- The estimate of 135,500 is roughly corroborated by
the "Auschwitz death books." The death books themselves are wartime
German camp records, which were captured by the Soviets towards the
end of the war, and hidden in Soviet achieves, until released to the
Red Cross in 1989.
- The death books consist of 46 volumes which document
each death at Auschwitz (each death certificate consists of the
deceased person's full name, profession and religion, date and place
of birth, pre-Auschwitz residence, parents' names, time of death, and
cause of death as determined by a camp physician). The records for the
most important years, 1942 and 1943, are almost complete (there are
also a few volumes for the year 1941, but none for the year 1944 or
January 1945 (when Auschwitz was evacuated)).
- The Auschwitz death books contain the death
certificates of some 69,000 individuals, of whom about 30,000 were
listed as Jews. You may view various entries in the Auschwitz Death
Books by clicking on the following links to the Auschwitz
- Using all available wartime records from the various
camps it has been estimated that between 400,000 and
- 500,000 people died in the German concentration camp
system (from all causes).
- The ever declining numbers of alleged dead at
Auschwitz, are graphically illustrated by the plaques from the
- The first is the plaque that was on display at the
Auschwitz camp from 1948 until 1989 and states "4 million"
- The second plaque currently on display at Auschwitz
has the dramatically reduced number of victims, now only 1.5
- A casual reduction in the number of deaths by some
- Deaths at Auschwitz drop by a stunning 2.5 million,
but the legendary 6,000,000 figure remains the same.