Recently I’ve been reading the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel in my lit class. Coincidentally, I also recently read a post by some troll on Usenet. The troll asserts many things about the historocity of “Night” (read: Holocaust denier), and the vast majority of the troll’s assertions are laughingly false and asnine. However, a few of them raised questions. The questions themselves pertain to the Holocaust itself than to the disgusting denial movement. So, here they are:
-In “Night” Wiesel mentions seeing the furnace at Auschwitz belching forth flame. How does flame belch from chimneys? Were they blast furnaces, or was this passage symbolic?
-Wiesel implies that some people were thrown into the furnaces alive. How often did this happen at Auschwitz?
-Wiesel says that babies were thrown into the furnace alive. Again, how often did this happen?
-What did they do to Auschwitz right before the Death March? Wiesel says that they were forced to clean their buildings, but I recall hearing that the Germans burned the entire camp down. Which happened, or did both actually occur?