David Cole, born in 1968, is an American film director who gained attention in the 90s for questioning aspects of the Holocaust.
For reasons that make zero sense, this is one of the most dangerous topics there is.
Nobody, pretty much anywhere, is permitted to challenge anything to do with this piece of world history. In fact, it is a criminal offence to ‘deny the Holocaust’ in:
- Czech Republic,
- Spain and
Think about that for a moment.
If something is self-evident and true, then why should it be protected via state force?
Is questioning aspects of the Bolshevik Revolution a crime? Is questioning aspects of the Rwandan Genocide a crime?
Despite being Jewish, he faced controversy due to his views. So, to protect himself from death threats, he changed his name to David Stein.
In the film in question, David Cole in Auschwitz, he visits the Auschwitz camp and questions the official claims, particularly the existence and use of gas chambers for mass extermination.
David begins the film by discussing the Auschwitz main camp, specifically the building alleged to have been used as a gas chamber. He points out that the building was initially an air-raid shelter, later converted into a gas chamber by the Soviets after the war.
He interviews Dr Franciszek Piper, the Senior Curator and Director of Archives at the Auschwitz State Museum, who confirms that the Soviets reconstructed the building.
Debunking false narratives
David also discusses the ‘human soap’ claim, which is that the Nazis made soap from the bodies of dead Jews. He shows that this claim has been discredited by historians in spite of it being widely believed for many years.
He uses this as an example of how narratives are accepted without thorough investigation. People end up being propagandised without knowing it.
The film also delves into the issue of Soviet propaganda during World War II, arguing that the Soviets exaggerated the number of deaths at Auschwitz and other camps, and that much of our information about these camps comes from Soviet sources.
David suggests that all charges made during the war, including those of genocide, should be re-examined.
The number of deaths at Auschwitz has changed significantly over the past few decades.
Initially, at the Nuremberg Trials, German war criminals were accused of killing four million people at the three Auschwitz camps. This figure was based on a Soviet document from 6 May 1945, which estimated the capacity of the camp’s ovens but did not provide evidence for the four-million figure.
The Soviets also accused the Germans of killing 1.5 million prisoners at Majdanek, but this number has been revised down to 78,000 by the Majdanek Museum.
In 1990, plaques at Birkenau claiming four million were removed. New plaques were installed in 1995, putting the death toll at Auschwitz at 1.5 million.
The plaques are in Yiddish, English, and other European languages, set on granite slabs at the International Monument.
David’s film concludes by comparing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the high death rates in post-war prison camps run by the Allies, to the conditions in Auschwitz, suggesting that, without the concept of extermination, Auschwitz was not a unique tragedy but a war crime duplicated by the Allies.
Here’s my conversation with David.