Auschwitz is the epicenter of the Holocaust. There is no place on earth where more people are said to have been murdered than at Auschwitz. At this detention camp the industrialized mass murder of the Jews by Nazi Germany reached its demonic pinnacle.
This narrative is based on a wide range of evidence, the most important of which was presented during two trials whose findings form the foundation of our present image of Auschwitz: the International Military Tribunal of 1945-1946 in Nuremberg, Germany, and the German Auschwitz Trial of 1963-1965 in Frankfurt.
When we dig deeper into the rulings of these trials and the actual evidence they are based upon, however, the story looks quite differently.
The late Wilhelm Stäglich, until the mid-1970s a German judge, has so far been the only legal expert to critically analyze the foundations of what we today think we know about Auschwitz. His research results, as presented in this book, leave the reader at times breathless when confronted with the incredibly scandalous way in which the Allied victors and later the German judicial authorities bent and broke the law in order to come to politically foregone conclusions. Stäglich also exposes the shockingly superficial way in which historians are dealing with the many incongruities and discrepancies of the historical record.
The present study is an eye-opener for all those who think that the Auschwitz Holocaust has been proved beyond doubt – either during these legal proceedings or by any other means.
This new edition is corrected and slightly revised. It contains a foreword by the editor pointing the curious reader to more recent research results, as well as an epilogue describing the persecution suffered by the author for his peaceful dissent after his book was first published in Germany in 1979 – and then confiscated and burned by the authorities.