Holocaust files have limits
Like other Holocaust victims, Noemi Ban has gone back numerous times to survey the ghostly field of chimneys at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration camp in Poland where she and her family arrived in July 1944, and she alone survived.
But Ban got an even more jolting glimpse into her past last May, when she visited the Holocaust archive in Bad Arolsen, a tranquil town in central Germany. There, filed in the labyrinthine shelves of records, was a faded scrap of paper that she remembers signing the day she arrived at the camp from Hungary.
“I was shocked to see my handwriting,” said Ban, 84, of Bellingham, Wash. “When I signed it, I had no idea why. Why they needed such precise data in that horrible place is amazing.”
The Nazis, of course, kept meticulous records of their mass extermination during World War II, and much of it ended up in Bad Arolsen in a closely guarded archive maintained by the International Tracing Service, administered by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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Webmaster note: Pretty amazing that Noemi Ban’s sign-in form still exists, yet there is no document, plan, blueprint, photo, or other evidence to support claims of the mass gassing of millions. If it is accurate to say that “[t]he Nazis […] kept meticulous records of their mass extermination,” then the obvious conclusion is that there was no mass extermination. Otherwise, someone would have made those meticulous records public by now, don’t you think?