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Lying About Auschwitz: The Barnes Review on the Nazi Death Camp

By Mark Potok on September 21, 2010 - 7:17 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Holocaust Denial

You probably thought you knew a thing or two about Auschwitz: It was a nightmarish Nazi extermination camp in Poland where more than 1 million people were murdered, most of them gassed to death with Zyklon-B and then cremated. Dr. Josef Mengele performed horrible medical experiments on live humans there, including twins and those with blue eyes. At the end, as the Soviets closed in, the SS guards murdered thousands more as they marched starving survivors west.

Carolyn YeagerBut Carolyn Yeager wants to set the record straight.

The aim of the thoughtful Germans who ran the place actually was “reform, re-education and rehabilitation.” Inmates were taught trades there. Townspeople in the surrounding area saw life at Auschwitz as “luxurious,” what with the inmates’ “attractive red-brick sleeping quarters,” complete with “bunk beds with mattresses … flush toilets, porcelain-covered stoves for cozy heating, and double-paned casement windows.” The paths were “tree-lined,” there were flowers planted before every barracks, and the Nazis regularly showed movies to the inmates.

Yes, Auschwitz had an art museum, a library, regular concerts and sporting events, a “theater for music and drama,” a swimming pool (sometimes used for water polo) and a brothel for lonely inmates — all round, as Yeager writes, “a flourishing cultural life.” It also had two fine post offices because “the Geneva Convention rules, strictly followed by the Germans, ensured the sending and receiving of mail by all prisoners.” Why, the kindly Nazis even provided special pre-printed cards and letter forms! And their health care system was world class — after all, for the Nazis, “the health of the labor force was a prime concern.”

This, at least, is the view of Carolyn Yeager, a woman of leaden stupidity who took a walking tour of Auschwitz last year and decided that the accounts of thousands of victims, perpetrators, camp liberators and Nazi officials including Auschwitz’s most infamous commandant were all hogwash — a transparent ploy by post-war propagandists to say ugly things about caring Germans.

Her comments are brought to us courtesy of The Barnes Review, America’s leading Holocaust denial journal and a gathering point for anti-Semites and Nazi sympathizers from around the country. They were published earlier this year in a slick, 48-page booklet entitled, Auschwitz: The Underground Guided Tour: What the Tour Guides Don’t Tell You at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

It’s true! As this author can attest after two lengthy tours of Auschwitz and its adjoining Birkenau camp since 1988, the guides will tell you none of this.

Perhaps that’s because it’s all false. Long-time Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess, in the autobiography he wrote shortly before his execution, described how Heinrich Himmler in 1941 “himself gave me the order to prepare installations at Auschwitz where mass exterminations could take place,” and then detailed the entire horrifying process, including gassings he personally witnessed. Filip Muller, a prisoner who worked for more than a year in the crematoria but survived, described unbelievably brutal exterminations. And so did thousands of others.

But Carolyn Yeager did stroll through Auschwitz and Birkenau seven decades later, and she’s pretty sure the guides didn’t give her the real lowdown. One Auschwitz gas chamber was “really a morgue,” later turned into an air raid shelter. Over at Birkenau, there was a “beautiful, modern hygiene building” where arriving prisoners had their hair shorn, but that also occasionally doubled “as a ballroom.” SS guards there regularly socialized with prisoners, with a number of love affairs resulting in postwar marriages. Guards and inmates “enjoyed friendly competition on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, with enthusiastic cheering sections.”

Actually, Yeager, a relatively new face in denialist circles, seems to have had something of an attitude long before she brought her analytical abilities to Auschwitz. On her website, she describes growing up in a “white home town” in the Midwest, the daughter of a German-American father who complained about “the dishonest Jews who cheated him and the Negroes who stole from him.”

She says she was a liberal for a time, “sympathetic to the plight of the coloreds,” but in the late 1990s began to read conspiracist literature and “learned the truth” about the takeover of the American monetary system “by mainly Jewish and foreign bankers.”  She “let go” her fear of being called an anti-Semite. “Finally,” she writes, “I was drawn to National Socialism as a viable alternative, learning about its true nature as opposed to the lies I had been taught.”

So the mind of one Carolyn Yeager has been liberated. It’s a shame the same can’t be said of the millions murdered by people who think like she does.

  • Marnes

    This whole article and argument is a sad affair. I don’t agree with all the ‘facts’ simply because hardly any information that comes out of a war is hundred percent accurate. However I will never deny the holocaust, stop playing your numbers games. WWII was no joke to be made a mockery of. Millions of people died, show a little respect.

  • Hazelewatson

    The only thing I can possibly say in response to this atrocityof a women is: meet a holocaust survivor and shut the hell up. Around a year ago, I spoke to a brave, brave man who recounted his story of the holocaust, down to each and every, last, morbid detail. How can she believe that having a “ball room” inside the same place prisoners were shaved was not a sadistic manoever by the Nazis. Why was their hair removed at all? Why were rabbi’s beards hacked off infront of their families and communities? Maybe it was to keep up personal hygiene, Im sure that what this woman would argue. I have also visited Sachsenhausen, the concentration camp designed specifically in a triangle to lower the morale and cause more distress to inmates. Every single detail of the concentration camps and extermination camps was considered. Yes, they may have had music playing, but would you enjoy that music had it been played to you minutes before you death? by other inmates, barely surviving but forced to mock others like them. This woman is derranged, Whatever her political eligance, may she argue the success of the Nazi parties, that does not bother me. Murder is wrong, torture is wrong, slavery is wrong, seperating families is wrong, public humiliation is wrong, attempted genoicide is wrong! the list could go on and on. How are her views even listened to? I’m outraged and will make every effort to counter act every holocaust action she makes.

  • Ben

    “I’m skeptical of any Jewish claims. I consider Jews to be inherently dishonest as part of their religion. If a Jew told me the sky was blue, I’d have to look up and make sure.”

    In that case, I find you to be brilliant, cultured, incisive and downright superior to all other observers of anything in the history of ever. Uh-oh! That means by your own standards, I’m not being honest here. So that means the truth is, well, that your arguments wouldn’t rise above an F grade in a 3rd grade history class.
    In the unlikely event there is anything on this planet you are good at, please do yourself a favor and devote your limited abilities to that instead of this.

  • Typhuss B Zyclon

    @ MORON,Mason Green Germany signatoryThe Geneva Convention (1929) was signed at Geneva, July 27, 1929. What is that yiddish slur “nazi” doing in any conversation ????

  • klbm

    Gee muffin….. if Yeager is a nazi then so are most Jewish women in America and Israel.

  • Muffin

    I hear Yeager is trying to sell Nazism to American women, reassuring them that they will not be second-class citizens under a Nazi regime. Apparently Nazis will value them as mothers who will perpetuate the Master Race and upholders of ‘traditional family values’.

    In other words, the only women with any value under a Nazi regime will be white, Aryan, and anti-feminist. So what happens to all the other women?

  • Mysay

    I did my own research using google news archives of old news clipping from pre-war,
    I found 6M dead Jews mentioned read to be exterminated in 1906, then again 1916, also 1921 and of cos WW2, even before it ends, already they know 6M will die.
    U can do a search also. Isnt it intriguing? Jews like to die in trenches of 6M?
    So u can understand my confusion.
    If u r talking about holocaust, which one are u talking about?

  • Paolosilv

    I believe that she also writes “” and “Scrapbookpages.” They all sound the same.

  • Rene

    Is this Nazi Steven Barry Jewish too? I have discovered so many of them serving under the Hitler regime. Again, I found others leading packs of Nazis (post WW2) and KKKers. I can understand a connection between the latter, but what baffles me is Jewish prominence in these hate groups. I remember reading Bernard Baruch’s autobiography relating the story of his elder brothers and daddy wearing the hood brandishing shotguns as black carpet baggers passed through their town. I don’t get it..what makes Jews racist hateful bullies considering how they have been victimised so much throughout history.

    Here is what Malcolm X had to say:
    Malcolm X Exposes White Liberal Jews

  • Mark Potok

    People might want to know that the fellow commenting about halfway through this thread, SFC Steven M Barry, is a former Special Forces guy who is a true neo-Nazi — he doesn’t just sound like one. Barry ran a nasty outfit called Special Forces Underground for years while he was in the SF, and later became the “military coordinator” of the National Alliance, then America’s leading neo-Nazi group. The Alliance, in its platform statement, says that after it takes power the country will go through a period of “temporary unpleasantness” as the group packs American Jews into cattle cars and sends the cars plunging to the bottom of abandoned mines.

    Way to go, Steve!

  • Leslie

    I would like to recommend the autobiography, “The Forger: An Extraordinary Story of Survival in Wartime Berlin”, written by a Jewish graphic artist, Cioma Schonaus, who was able to escape the Nazi regime into Switzerland. His story and courage are breathtaking, and his design ability to hand forge convincing documents to get friends and relatives out of Germany is equally inspiring. History comes alive when told by those who witnessed it first hand.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    On the contrary, I find Jeronimus hilarious because like a lot of WN types, he’s totally oblivious to how ridiculous he makes himself look.

  • Rene

    Revelations of Jewish Nazis (who would a thunk huh?!!). I am suspicious that Jeronimus is one of those Jewish Nazi trolls deliberatly intent on keeping Ruslan spinning his top over nothing. heh heh! Heil Binyamin Yahoo! Oh the hate of it all. :-(

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Almost forgot, Mr. “Fact-Checker”- you also incorrectly identified Lazar Kaganovich as a former head of the NKVD, when in fact he never held such a post.

    I might also add that your last comment implied that I am Jewish, when in fact I am not. I realize that your bizarre fantasy requires you to imagine you are doing battle with Jews on the internet, but the fact is the vast majority of “white” people such as myself find your views hilariously contradictory as they are abhorrent.

    Please refrain from making ironic claims about “fact checking” or logic from now on. Your oblivious behavior toward your own hilariously ridiculous statements only goes to prove how worthless you Nazzies are.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Oh irony, if you only understood it

    “As usual, Amirkhanov shoots from the hip, without checking his facts.”

    Yes, this is coming from the guy who can’t tell the difference between the February Revolution and the October Revolution(you know, the one where the Bolsheviks seized power, were condemned by the Jewish Bund, and those bankers who funded the February Revolution cut off their support)?

    “Solzhenitsyn’s 200 years together was published in 2002. You’re goijng to tell me that he didn’t have access to the archives in the early 2000’s?”

    So please cite which archival documents he used…oh wait, you didn’t even read his whole book did you? No matter. It’s not like there are no sources detailing the ethnic make up of the Bolshevik party, which incidentally had the fewest Jews in 1917 than any other party. In fact, they had under 1,000.

    But I digress. Please explain what archival documents Solzehnitsyn used, what did he cite, when did he visit the archives and so on. So far you have mentioned newspapers but I know a newspaper which claimed that Thomas Dewey beat Harry Truman for president. Solzhenitsyn incidentally has been ridiculed even by the fanatical anti-Communist Richard Pipes, who once recounted how the former actually denied that censorship existed under the Tsar, which is simply absurd. Solzehnitsyn is not a historian, nor a scholar on Soviet history. And don’t even TRY to cite him as an eyewitness to the GULag because we know what you guys do when people speak of Holocaust eyewitnesses. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

    And your “fluent” Russian is as pathetic as it is irrelevant. I can only imagine how long it took you to write a few short and simple sentences. Is this really the best you can do? How many questions of mine have you ignored entirely? For example, on what basis should we accept that Jews lie more often than others? Since when was Abe Foxman elected leader of Jews worldwide? And WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING with that claim about Spielberg and Schindler’s List.

    I imagine life must be very frustrating for you. Your superior race has ever been under the thumb of a tiny minority, according to you. See Jerry, the Holocaust has nothing to do with the reason why “white people” don’t act the way you want them to. Nobody except a few isolated crackpots cites the Holocaust as a crime of “white people” as a whole; even those who blamed the entire German people(like Goldhagen) were rebuked by historians. Face it- your mythical “race” is never going to wake up, and you are going to live out the rest of your days angry and frustrated over conspiracies which don’t exist. Tilting at windmills.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I’m still wondering how the conspirators could have planned such a big hoax, which would have had to start before 1941, yet they could not know how the war would end up(or even that Germany would lose), and they would have had to coordinate within the governments of three countries which were not necessarily friendly to each other prior to 1941.

  • Jeronimus

    Verblyud’ Amirkhanov napisal:

    Solzhenitsyn did not have access to the kind of material scholars have today.

    Da? On izdal dvesti let vmyestye v 2002 godu.

    As usual, Amirkhanov shoots from the hip, without checking his facts. Solzhenitsyn’s 200 years together was published in 2002. You’re goijng to tell me that he didn’t have access to the archives in the early 2000’s?

    Solzhenitsyn breaks last taboo of the revolution

    Nobel laureate under fire for new book on the role of Jews in Soviet-era repression


    Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow
    The Guardian, Saturday 25 January 2003 10.32 GMT
    Article history
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who first exposed the horrors of the Stalinist gulag, is now attempting to tackle one of the most sensitive topics of his writing career – the role of the Jews in the Bolshevik revolution and Soviet purges.

    In his latest book Solzhenitsyn, 84, deals with one of the last taboos of the communist revolution: that Jews were as much perpetrators of the repression as its victims. Two Hundred Years Together – a reference to the 1772 partial annexation of Poland and Russia which greatly increased the Russian Jewish population – contains three chapters discussing the Jewish role in the revolutionary genocide and secret police purges of Soviet Russia.

    But Jewish leaders and some historians have reacted furiously to the book, and questioned Solzhenitsyn’s motives in writing it, accusing him of factual inaccuracies and of fanning the flames of anti-semitism in Russia.

    You see, even the great writer and Nobel prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is an “anti-semite.” An anti-semite is anyone the Jews don’t like.

    And Amirkhanov doesn’t check his facts, the poor darling. he thinks us dumb goyim still don’t know how to do basic research.

  • Lex

    Im against laws that ban Holocaust denial because when fools like Zundel get jailed for spewing holocaust deniny nosense they are turned into a marty´r for the “cause” so its very dangerous think to throw these fools into jail for speaking such bs.

  • James Mata

    I personally know 2 people that were at Auschwitz, one was a 6 yr old girl, and the other was a guard and only 16 yrs old when the camp was liberated. He arrived there at the camp after having been separated from his unit just days before the liberation. many of the inmates were so starved and emaciated they could not stand, and may more died trying to eat the rich rations that soldiers gave them…their bodies unable to process “real food” anymore. Anna was able to spare Viktor who was wounded from a squad of soldiers that were killing camp guards who were surrendering, she told them that he gave her and 3 other girls treats and was very kind to them, and was horrified by what he saw at the camp. He was a german soldier, not a nazi, and did what he could to ease the pains the prisoners were going through…and yet having to hide his actions, lest he be ridiculed at the least, and charged with treason at the worst.

    I know from their personal accounts of watching their friends and family members be gassed, shot, or even used as bayonet dummies that the holocaust was very real.

  • Antonio Gramsci

    Yeager is the former Texas director of the American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP).

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Norman Finkelstein does not deny the Holocaust. Saying that people take advantage of historical tragedies does not equal saying they did not happen.

    Come on Nazzies, let’s see some more hilarious claims!

  • End the hate

    Interesting enough, one of the so called revisionist debunkers who in reality is a known Hate Blogger

    has been put on warning by a renowned Holocaust Website.

    Here is the link worth reading:

  • Mike Magruder

    A central theme of the novel 1984 by George Orwell involves systematic alteration of historical fact on a daily basis.

  • J M Damon

    Our thanks to Mark Potok for his provocative and highly revealing ad hominem attack on Carolyn Yeager in response to her overview of research into what Prof. Norman Finkelstein’s calls the “Holocaust Industry.”
    (Was it Abba Eban who had previously dubbed that highly lucrative extortion racket “Shoah Business?”)

    One has the impression that Mr. Potok would very much like to see Ms Yeager tied to a stake atop a witch’s pyre at “Ground Zero” or at least incarcerated for life in Zionist occupied Germany.


    Here’s freedom to him who would speak,
    Here’s freedom to him who would write;
    For there’s none ever feared that the truth should be heard,
    Save him whom the truth would indict!
    ROBERT BURNS (1759–96)

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Nice try Mike but I think we all much prefer Jeronimus’ Amateur Comedy Hour. Then again if he read Dalton’s book he might learn how to better phrase his arguments so as to not come off as so obviously ignorant and illogical. Intellectually dishonest, yes, but not so hilariously ignorant.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Actually Michael, and even BETTER idea is to read the debunking of Thomas Dalton at Holocaust Controversies blog.


    But then again Michael, you are most likely already familiar with them, aren’t you? Because you and Dalton aren’t as “objective”as you would like people to think.

  • Sean

    Rather shockingly Ms Yeager has produced a website which claims that Elie Wiesel was never at Auschwitz and has no tattoo

    Will the impertinence never cease?

  • Gordon Duff

    Did the walking tour with hundreds of photos…while staying in Krakow. Gets dark there early in December.
    When I was 12, read the book on Hoess…Commandant of Auschwitz.
    However, from what I understand, his testimony was under torture and recanted.
    If anything, the mass graves that fill with water in December, tell of mass Soviet deaths.
    Otherwise…anyone looking for proof from a tour is delusional.

  • Rene

    I’m an equal opportunity ‘deniar’ ( a very long list!). To the liar truth is ‘hate’, thus the need for ‘Hate Watch’ and similar rackets run by shyster money-grubbing lieyers and an ‘idiotlogical’ agenda. Idiotlogical means for any idiot who would believe such sites are truth, freedom anfd justice oriented.

    The SPLC is an idiotlogical and financial racket itself, with pretensions of combatting ‘hate’. Laugh a minute reading the vast majority of material posted here as having anything to do with veracity.

  • Michael Santomauro

    An important book to read is Amazon’s new book:

    Debating the Holocaust: A New Look At Both Sides by Thomas Dalton