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[–]YoMamma 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Excellent summary.

Though you discuss death by 'gas', I think another item can be included as a line item that addresses specifically:

The outbreak of typhus in the winter of 1941-42 resulted in the use of Zyklon B to fumigate prisoners. Although a standard argument about this is that "a catastrophic typhus epidemic in the winter of 1941–2 coincided with the search for a mass killing method for human undesirables.", one could of course argue that delousing was necessary, and not attempted murder. And if we consider the period of 1940-45, Zyklon B is considered to have killed "approximately 1.1 million people in gas chambers installed at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, and other extermination camps.", not the much higher numbers often suggested. Moreover, typhus killed 3 million in Russia during WWII, and several million in Poland and Eastern block countries. Add to that the millions killed in the same countries during WWI. So, how did the other ~5 million Jewish prisoners die? The logistics are difficult to calculate, though I appreciate that there are maps with numbers of the dead, I think it's still difficult to understand them. And how many non-Jewish prisoners died? I don't doubt the Holocaust, or the genocide of Jews, but the account of it should be corrected with the appropriate numbers.

[–]HugodeCrevellier 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)