David Cole, born in 1968, is an American film director who gained attention in the 1990s for questioning aspects of the Holocaust.
Despite being Jewish, he faced controversy due to his views. 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.
David also discusses the “human soap” claim, which is that the Nazis made soap from the bodies of dead Jews. He points out 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 can be accepted without thorough investigation.
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 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.
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