Echoes of history: Holocaust voices resurface at IIT
When psychology professor David Boder arrived in Europe in 1946, World War II was scarcely over and Hitler’s surviving victims were still coming to grips with the horrors they had suffered.
Inspired by a plea from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower that the horrors of the concentration camps be documented, Boder hauled an unwieldy, primitive recording device overseas and began seeking out displaced people in transit centers and refugee camps across Europe.
Richard Hirschhaut, project director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, notes that Boder’s recordings are particularly valuable because they directly refute the persistent idea that none of it ever occurred. […]
In August 1946, Boder interviewed Nechamah Epstein-Kozlowski in northern Italy. She had been interned in the Warsaw ghetto and sent to Auschwitz. Boder asked her about the crematoriums and gas chambers, disguised as showers — the ones called into question at the recent Iranian conference.
“When we went out at night, we saw the entire sky red from the glow of the fire. Blood was pouring on the sky,” Epstein-Kozlowski responded. “When we went to the shower hall we saw the clothing, of the people who were not anymore, lying there.”
Death leaves work unfinished
Boder spent years translating some 70 of his interviews into English from the half-dozen languages in which they were conducted. He died in 1961, leaving 39 still not transcribed.
A few were published in a 1949 book, I Did Not Interview the Dead, that quickly went out of print. […]
Tribune staff reporter
Published January 14, 2007
Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune
Webmaster note: There’s nothing like a Holocaust survivor’s completely unrealistic and absurd description of a crematory from afar to negate years of thoughtful study into Holocaust extermination claims. Apparently, it bears repeating that crematories do not emit flame, smoke, or ash. However, there is a good reason why this article focuses on Nechamah Epstein-Kozlowski: She was Broder’s “best witness” regarding Holocaust extermination claims. As with other “best witnesses,” she didn’t see an extermination, or the aftermath of an extermination. Nor did anyone else in Broder’s book. Some refutation.
Finally, it also bears repeating that revisionists do not say that none of the Holocaust ever happened, despite the expert assurance by Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center project director Richard Hirschhaut.