Süddeutsche Zeitung, no. 73, page 5 - NEWS - Thursday, 29 March 1994

Work in defense of the former Nazi general Remer

"Auschwitz Expert Report" is undoing of Chemist
Max Planck Corporation terminates doctoral student for misuse of its name

Stuttgart (dpa) - The radical right scene in the Federal Republic has for some time repeatedly sought to deny the murder of millions of people in Nazi concentration camps. The methods they have used to prop up the "Auschwitz Lie" have now been revealed in a Stuttgart Labor Court trial between Diplom Chemist Germar Rudolf, who was active as "expert witness" in a radical right-wing trial, and the Max Planck Corporation, who have terminated him without notice.

Rudolf is the author of an "Expert Report on the Formation and Detectability of Cyanide Compounds in the 'Gas Chambers' of Auschwitz". He wrote this on commission of and at the expense of the defense attorney of the former Nazi general Otto Ernst Remer, who has in the meantime flown and is being sought by Interpol. The General-major was a key player in putting down the putsch against Hitler on 20 July 1944. In the Federal Republic he has continually asserted that there was no mass murder of Jews in National Socialist concentration camps. In 1992 in the Land Court of Schweinfurt he was convicted of racial persecution and incitement to race hatred and sentenced to a prison term of one year and ten months.

The termination trial of his "expert witness" ended with a compromise, as confirmed by the presiding judge of the 14th Chamber of the Labor Court of Stuttgart: By mutual agreement, the work contract was severed retroactively to the time of the termination without notice. As a doctoral student Rudolf had a work contract for a limited period with the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. Without the knowledge of his superiors he used Institute stationary to commission the Institute Fresenius in Taunusstein in Hesse to analyze samples of building materials for Prussic acid (cyanide) compounds. He did not tell the Institute Fresenius where the samples came from.

In his "expert report" for Remer Rudolf claimed that the samples came from Auschwitz and that the Institute Fresenius had not found any traces of cyanide in samples from the gas chamber masonry. According to its spokesman, the Max Planck Corporation has no proof that the samples really come from Auschwitz. Even if they are from there, according to expert opinion, it is certainly no wonder that no traces of Prussic acid were found, because cyanide compounds disintegrate quickly. In earth this takes six to eight weeks and in stone the compounds can only be preserved by 'absolute conservation conditions, including complete exclusion of air and bacteria'.

This did not stop Remer from sending Rudolf's "expert report" to politicians, natural scientists, journalists and historians and to add in a commentary that Rudolf was a "scientist at the Max Planck Institute". At that, protests rained from the Max Planck Corporation. At the Labor Court trial the Corporation claimed not only that its stationary had been used illegally, but also that there was "damage to reputation". During the trial the presiding judge made it clear that in her view the termination without notice was justifiable. The compromise was arrived at on Rudolf's initiative.

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