My thanks to Hadding Scott

Having read the French version of my article of March 8, 2016 about the cat that, in Canada in 1936, allegedly caused the gas chamber in which it was set to be killed to explode, the American Hadding Scott has made a fitting observation, for which I thank him. In an exchange of messages with Jim Rizoli he first points out that the “standard” means for the lethal gassing of domestic animals in North America is carbon monoxide (CO), then adds that he does not see how I could assume that the gassing was done with hydrogen cyanide (HCN). (“Have you pointed out to Faurisson that the standard gas for gassing animals here is carbon monoxide? I see on his blog that he’s assuming it was HCN that the cat caused to explode. I don’t see how this is a justified assumption.”)

To tell the truth, I wrote that the nature of the gas used “was not specified” and that “it was very likely hydrocyanic acid, or hydrogen cyanide (HCN)”. But Hadding Scott is right: I should have recalled that the gas ordinarily used to destroy dogs and cats was carbon monoxide (CO) while the gas employed to get rid of foxes (in their burrows), mice and rats, as well as lice and other insects along with their eggs and larvae, was HCN (in the form of Zyklon B). Then, on top of that, in the particular case of the cat lucky enough to get out of a bad fix, it was certainly not HCN that was used; in a gas chamber HCN, a good deal more devastating in its potency than CO, would have left the cat no chance to escape as it did.

As I said in the third sentence of my article, I above all wanted to seize the “occasion” that “present[ed] itself for me to recall the explosive nature of [HCN], sometimes used to kill pests or to execute a condemned man”. I wanted, once again, to insist on what I consider the most overwhelming argument against the lie and the myth of the alleged “Nazi gas chambers”, an argument that can be summarised in the follow words: the “Nazi gas chambers” of Auschwitz and Birkenau were supposed to operate with HCN, the essential component of Zyklon B; however, this gas is highly inflammable, highly explosive and highly dangerous for the personnel and for the surrounding area (I cited, on that account, a French ministerial document from 2011). It would therefore have been sheer madness, for German chemists and builders, to install such chemical slaughterhouses in structures housing crematory ovens (which took hours to heat to 900° C)! In the case of Krema I, the alleged gas chamber and the oven room adjoin one another without even a door between them and, at the moment of the evacuation of the gas, stretches of deadly hydrogen cyanide gas could not have avoided the SS-Revier, that is to say, the infirmary reserved for SS, twenty metres away.

I shall remind my readers that I have never, over the decades, received a reply to this argument, the idea of which came to me in the late 1970s. On March 19, 1976 I discovered the building plans of all the crematoria at Auschwitz and Birkenau, which until then had been kept carefully hidden and which revealed to me the perfectly innocuous nature of the spaces allegedly used, respectively, for the undressing of the alleged victims and for their alleged gassing; actually, those rooms were meant for storing corpses awaiting cremation (sometimes with the distinction between bodies not yet in coffins and bodies placed in coffins). Shortly before, I had discovered the lengthy Nuremberg document NI-9912 describing Zyklon B in the greatest detail and, in particular, the terrible danger of explosion that it posed (“Explosionsgefahr”).

April 8, 2016