The “Holocaust By Bullets” Hoax

By: John Wear

The “Holocaust by bullets” is an increasingly popular theme among promoters of the Holocaust narrative. The allegation is that the Einsatzgruppen, with support from the German Army, undertook a mission to murder every Jew they could find in the Soviet Union. This article discusses the absurdity of this allegation.

Arno Mayer’s Analysis

Jewish Princeton University historian Arno Mayer summarizes the mass shootings carried out by the Einsatzgruppen in the Soviet Union:

Even so, and notwithstanding the unparalleled magnitude of the Jewish suffering, the extermination of eastern Jewry never became the chief objective of Barbarossa. The fight for Lebensraum and against bolshevism was neither a pretext nor an expedient for the killing of Jews. Nor was it a mere smoke screen to disguise the Jewish massacres as reprisals against partisans. The assault on the Jews was unquestionably intertwined with the assault on bolshevism from the very outset. But this is not to say that it was the dominant strand in the hybrid ‘Judeobolshevism’ that Barbarossa targeted for destruction. In fact, the war against the Jews was a graft onto or a parasite upon the eastern campaign, which always remained its host, even or especially once it became mired deep in Russia.

When they set forth on their mission, Einsatzgruppen and the RSHA were not given the extermination of Jews as their principal, let alone their only, assignment.[1]

Arno Mayer

In Mayer’s analysis, the massacres of the eastern Jews were not part of any comprehensive plan of extermination. Rather, the killing of Jews in the Soviet Union occurred as the result of the inexorable radicalization of the war in the east, and because many Soviet Jews were classified by the SS as agents of Bolshevism.[2]

In the eyes of the SS and much of the civilian population of the Soviet Union, many Jews were responsible for or accomplices to the Communist acts of violence. For example, the massacres of Jews committed by Ukrainians and SS men in July 1941 in Lemberg and other Galician towns were primarily retaliations for the mass murders of Ukrainians committed by the Soviets between June 22 and July 2, 1941. The reports of the Einsatzgruppen provide evidence of this:

In Tarnopol 5,000 Ukrainians kidnapped, 2,000 murdered. As counter measures arrest operation initiated against Jewish intellectuals, who shared responsibility for the murder and besides were informers for the NKVD. Number estimated at about 1,000. On July 5, approximately 70 Jews rounded up by Ukrainians and shot. Another 20 Jews killed on the road by military and Ukrainians, as response to the murder of three soldiers who were found chained in jail, with tongues cut out and eyes gouged out.[3]

Other Jews were shot in retaliatory measures after the discovery of Soviet torture chambers. For example, after the discovery of a torture chamber in the Tarnopol Courthouse, the Germans reacted as follows: “The troops marching through who had the opportunity to see these atrocities, above all the bodies of the murdered German soldiers, killed all of the approximately 600 Jews and set their houses on fire.”[4

Modern Historiography

Israeli Holocaust historian Yitzhak Arad and other historians are now promoting the idea that the Einsatzgruppen with support from the German Army murdered almost every Jew in the Soviet Union.[5] In his book The Holocaust in the Soviet Union, Arad discusses the difficulty of obtaining exact figures of Jews who died in the Soviet Union during World War II:

The absence of accurate Soviet statistics on the number of evacuated Jews into the Soviet rear areas and German documentation on the number of Jews remaining in the occupied Soviet territories makes it difficult to sum up the number of Jews who perished in these territories. The Soviet administration did not conduct any kind of census of the inhabitants, including Jews, who survived the German occupation. German statistics are incomplete on the number of Jews murdered during the years of occupation. The Einsatzgruppen reports and other German documents give the numbers of Jews murdered by them in specific locations, but they don’t include all of the murder sites, and there is doubt as to the accuracy of these statistics. Reports on the many massacres conducted by the Orpo and local police forces are only partial.[6]

Yitzhak Arad

Despite this lack of documentation, Arad produces estimates of Jewish deaths in the German-occupied Soviet Union during World War II of dubitable precision. Arad estimates that there were 2,612,000–2,743,500 Jews in the German-occupied Soviet republics. Of this number, he estimates 103,000–119,000 Jews to have survived, while he estimates 2,509,000–2,624,500 Jews to have died.[7] Using the mid-range of these estimates, this equals a Jewish death rate of 95.85%, with a survival rate of only 4.15%.

Arad estimates that there were 2,105,000–2,225,000 Jews in the German-occupied Soviet republics of Belorussia, Ukraine and Russia. Of this total, he estimates 42,000–55,000 Jews to have survived, while he estimates 2,063,000–2,170,000 Jews to have died. Using the mid-range of these estimates, Arad thus estimates that only 48,500 Jews survived out of 2,165,000 total Jews in Belorussia, Ukraine and Russia.[8] This equals a Jewish death rate of 97.76% in these three Soviet republics, with a survival rate of only 2.24%.

Arad provides no documentation for his estimated Jewish death totals in the Soviet Union. Arad’s assumed death total of Jews in the Soviet Union is absurd. The German Army and the Einsatzgruppen were engaged in a monumental struggle against the Soviet Army. The Germans could not possibly have killed such a high percentage of Jews based solely on verbal orders from Heinrich Himmler[9] while engaging in battles of epic proportions with the Soviets.

Yitzhak Arad has given out false historical information in the past to support the official Holocaust story. Regarded by many as the leading Treblinka expert, Arad distorted a report dated November 15, 1942 by saying the report referred to gas chambers instead of steam chambers as the murder weapon at Treblinka.[10] Arad was forced to walk this back because the official historiography now states that steam chambers were never used to kill Jews at Treblinka.[11]  

Aktion 1005  

Since few if any of the bodies of the alleged 2.5 million murdered Soviet Jews have been found, the official Holocaust historiography claims they were cremated in what is called Aktion 1005. An article in the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust defines this operation: “Operation 1005, code name for a large-scale activity that aimed to obliterate the traces of the murder of millions of human beings by the Nazis in occupied Europe.”[12]

It is unrealistic to believe that Aktion 1005 succeeded and that Germans exhumed and burned approximately 2.5 million bodies. This would mean that, within a period of 13 months, the Germans emptied thousands of mass graves in a territory of more than 463,000 square miles—all without leaving behind any material or documentary traces. The mass exhumation of such a large number of bodies in such a short period of time is quite impossible.[13]

Furthermore, we know that no Soviet reconnaissance aircraft discovered and photographed the burning of these bodies, because otherwise the Soviets would have exploited the photographs for propaganda purposes. Any of the thousands of pyres that would have had to be burning night and day would have been photographed by the Soviets if such mass exhumations had actually taken place.[14]  

Yitzhak Arad attempts to explain away these problems by stating that Aktion 1005 was both a highly classified operation and a failure:

Aktion 1005 was a highly classified operation. Orders and reports were given and received verbally, and no German documents were saved to provide evidence. The SS, which was responsible for the operation, did everything in its power to prevent a leak of information on the site…

There is no way of knowing how many corpses were cremated in the course of the operation—hundreds of thousands, certainly, possibly even millions. But millions of corpses remained in the pits in which they had been buried. This tangible evidence—the corpses of millions of Jews and non-Jews, murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators in the occupied Soviet territories—remained for posterity. In its main objective—destroying the evidence of mass murder—Aktion 1005 failed.[15]

The problem with Arad’s explanation is that neither the Soviets nor anyone else has found mass graves in which large numbers of Jews might have been buried in the Soviet Union. Germar Rudolf writes:

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, numerous mass graves, containing altogether hundreds of thousands of bodies of victims of the Soviets, were discovered, excavated, and investigated. Not only was the number of victims determined, but in many cases the specific cause of death as well. In the same regions where many of these mass graves were found, one million Jews are said to have been shot by the Einsatzgruppen. Yet no such grave has ever been reported found, let alone dug and investigated, in the more than half a century during which these areas have been controlled by the USSR and its successor states.[16]

Thus, the undocumented and imaginary Aktion 1005 provides no evidence of a German program of genocide against Soviet Jews, nor of destroying evidence thereof.

Carlo Mattogno concludes: “Orthodox Holocaust historiography has never proven that the authorities of the Reich planned and carried out a general plan on an institutional level to eliminate the bodies of the victims of the Einsatzgruppen and other associated units by means of a concerted operation of exhumation and cremation of bodies.”[17]

The Einsatzgruppen Trial

The Einsatzgruppen trial that took place in Nuremberg from September 1947 to April 1948 forms the basis for the allegations that the Einsatzgruppen and other German forces murdered millions of Jews and other people in the “Holocaust by bullets.” The defendants in this trial were 24 commanding and senior officers of the Einsatzgruppen.[18] 

Benjamin Ferencz, the chief prosecutor at the Einsatzgruppen trial, has admitted to using death threats to obtain testimony. Ferencz said in an interview:

You know how I got witness statements? I’d go into a village where, say, an American pilot had parachuted and been beaten to death and line everyone up against the wall. Then I’d say, “Anyone who lies will be shot on the spot.” It never occurred to me that statements taken under duress would be invalid.[19]

Ferencz, who enjoys an international reputation as a world-peace advocate, further related a story concerning the interrogation of an SS colonel. Ferencz explained that he took out his pistol in order to intimidate him:

What do you do when he thinks he’s still in charge? I’ve got to show him that I’m in charge. All I’ve got to do is squeeze the trigger and mark it as auf der Flucht erschossen [shot while trying to escape]…I said “you are in a filthy uniform sir, take it off!” I stripped him naked and threw his clothes out the window. He stood there naked for half an hour, covering his balls with his hands, not looking nearly like the SS officer he was reported to be. Then I said “now listen, you and I are gonna have an understanding right now. I am a Jew—I would love to kill you and mark you down as auf der Flucht erschossen, but I’m gonna do what you would never do. You are gonna sit down and write out exactly what happened—when you entered the camp, who was there, how many died, why they died, everything else about it. Or, you don’t have to do that—you are under no obligation—you can write a note of five lines to your wife, and I will try to deliver it…” [Ferencz gets the desired statement and continues:] I then went to someone outside and said “Major, I got this affidavit, but I’m not gonna use it—it is a coerced confession. I want you to go in, be nice to him, and have him re-write it.” The second one seemed to be okay—I told him to keep the second one and destroy the first one. That was it.[20]

These and other admissions by Ferencz cast an immediate cloud over the entirety of the proceedings. Is this the sort of deposer who might be relied upon to present fair and objective evidence at a major trial?[21]

Ferencz took only two days to present the 253 captured documents in the Einsatzgruppen case. These documents were the primary evidence used to convict the defendants in this trial.[22] It should be noted that all the documents presented in this trial were prosecution documents. The documents were screened solely for the purpose of helping the prosecution’s case, while depriving the defense of any and all documents that might be of help to them.[23]

The accuracy and authenticity of the Einsatzgruppen reports have been called into question by many researchers. The originals of the Einsatzgruppen reports have never been produced, and many of the copies that have been produced show clear signs of postwar additions. For example, Einsatzgruppen Report No. 111 contains garbled wording and an obvious addition to the end of a paragraph (the last three words in the following paragraph):

These were the motives for the executions carried out by the Kommandos: Political officials, looters and saboteurs, active Communists and political representatives, Jews who gained their release from prison camps by false statements, agents and informers of the NKVD, persons who, by false depositions and influencing witnesses, were instrumental in the deportation of ethnic Germans, Jewish sadism and revengefulness, undesirable elements, partisans, Politruks, dangers of plague and epidemics, members of Russian bands, armed insurgents—provisioning of Russian bands, rebels and agitators, drifting juveniles, Jews in general.[24]

Defenders of the Holocaust story often state that the Einsatzgruppen reports were captured by the U.S. Army when they took control of Gestapo headquarters. However, Ferencz himself has admitted that the copies of these reports originated with copies said to have been held by the German Foreign Office in Berlin, which makes them Soviet-origin documents.[25] 

The unreliability of the Einsatzgruppen reports was acknowledged in the trial of German Field Marshal Erich von Manstein in 1949. Von Manstein’s lawyer demonstrated that whole areas claimed by the reports to be “cleared of Jews” actually contained many flourishing Jewish communities that were untouched throughout the entire war. The trial court accepted the argument that the Einsatzgruppen reports were unreliable, and von Manstein was acquitted in regard to the Einsatzgruppen activities in his command sector.[26]

Dr. Arthur Butz explains why the forged Einsatzgruppen documents were produced:

It is not difficult to see why these documents exist; without them the authors of the lie would have no evidence for their claims except testimony. We have seen that with Auschwitz there was an abundance of material facts to work with and whose meanings could be distorted: shipments of Jews to Auschwitz, many of whom did not return to their original homes, large shipments of a source of hydrogen cyanide gas, elaborate cremation facilities, selections, the stench. The situation with the Einsatzgruppen was different; there was only one fact, the executions. Standing alone, this fact does not appear impressive as evidence, and this consideration was no doubt the motivation for manufacturing these documents on such a large scale.[27]


The Einsatzgruppen were assigned the tasks of killing Soviet commissars and suppressing partisan activity in the Soviet Union. Large numbers of Jews and non-Jews were killed in these operations.

Because German forces were always limited and always needed at the front, German military authorities were all the more fearful of the disruptions partisans could cause. Consequently, the Einsatzgruppen and German Army officers took severe measures against partisan activity in the Soviet Union. This resulted in the Einsatzgruppen and the German military engaging in mass killings of partisans, including the execution of many civilians. However, the Einsatzgruppen did not pursue the additional purpose of committing genocide against Soviet Jewry.[28]

The supplementary death toll in the “Holocaust by bullets” is being used today by Yitzhak Arad and other historians to offset the diminishing estimated deaths in the German camps. This is one way in which the alleged 6 million Jewish deaths in the so-called Holocaust can still be maintained.

A version of this article was originally published in the January/February 2021 issue of The Barnes Review.


[1] Mayer, Arno, Why Did the Heavens Not Darken? The ‘Final Solution’ in History, New York: Pantheon Books, 1988, p. 270.

[2] Mattogno, Carlo and Graf, Jürgen, Treblinka: Transit Camp or Extermination Camp?, Washington, D.C.: The Barnes Review, 2010, p. 208.

[3] Ibid., p. 262.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Arad, Yitzhak, The Holocaust in the Soviet Union, Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 2009, pp. 125-133.

[6] Ibid., p. 517.

[7] Ibid., p. 525.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid., p. 131.

[10] Arad, Yitzhak, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps, Indianapolis, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1987, pp. 354-355.

[11] Mattogno, Carlo and Graf, Jürgen, Treblinka: Transit Camp or Extermination Camp?, Washington, D.C.: The Barnes Review, 2010, p. 63.

[12] Gutman, Israel (ed), Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, 4 vols., New York: Macmillan, 1990, article “Aktion 1005,” Vol. 1, p. 11.

[13] Mattogno, Carlo and Graf, Jürgen, Treblinka: Transit Camp or Extermination Camp?, Washington, D.C.: The Barnes Review, 2010, p. 226.

[14] Ibid.

[15] Arad, Yitzhak, The Holocaust in the Soviet Union, Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 2009, pp. 355-356.

[16] Rudolf, Germar, The Rudolf Report: Expert Report on Chemical and Technical Aspects of the “Gas Chambers” of Auschwitz, Washington, D.C.: The Barnes Review, 2011, p. 40.

[17] Mattogno, Carlo, The Einsatzgruppen in the Occupied Eastern Territories: Genesis, Mission and Actions, Uckfield, UK: Castle Hill Publishers, 2018, p. 715.

[18] Winter, Peter, The Six Million: Fact or Fiction?, 4th edition, The Revisionist Press, 2015, p. 22.

[19] Brzezinski, Matthew, “Giving Hitler Hell,” The Washington Post Magazine, July 24, 2005, p. 26.

[20] Jardim, Tomaz, The Mauthausen Trial, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012, pp. 82-83.

[21] Winter, Peter, The Six Million: Fact or Fiction?, 4th edition, The Revisionist Press, 2015, p. 24.

[22] Maguire, Peter, Law and War: International Law and American History, New York: Columbia University Press, 2010, p. 138.

[23] Mattogno, Carlo, The Einsatzgruppen in the Occupied Eastern Territories: Genesis, Mission and Actions, Uckfield, UK: Castle Hill Publishers, 2018, pp. 78-79.

[24] Winter, Peter, The Six Million: Fact or Fiction?, 4th edition, The Revisionist Press, 2015, pp. 24-25.

[25] Ibid., p. 25.

[26] Ibid.

[27] Butz, Arthur R., The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry, ninth edition, Newport Beach, Cal.: Institute for Historical Review, 1993, p. 200.

[28] Ibid., pp. 197-204.

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10 thoughts on “The “Holocaust By Bullets” Hoax

  1. Another excellent article thanks for posting.
    The tortures were just the way the lies had to be spread….seem to work every time.
    Just think the whole Holocaust narrative is based on lies, and people wonder why I am a “Holocaust Denier”.

  2. According to wikipedia:

    “Arno Mayer’s father was a wholesaler who had studied at the University of Heidelberg and had strong social democratic and ZIONIST beliefs. Mayer described his family as “fully emancipated and largely acculturated Luxembourgian Jews”.


    If they were not jews nobody would even listen to these liars.

    By the way, Mayer is not necessarely a jewish name. In Austria and Germany (and apparently in the German speaking little part of Luxembourg) there are tens of thousends, probably many more Mayers. It is a common rural name.

  3. The Jewish narrative on World War Two changes constantly to fit their silly ‘Holocaust Story.’ When excellent scholarship destroys one of their fables, they fight the scholarship with something approaching religious zeal. And, when their point no longer stands up to scrutiny they change the narrative to something else. Arno Mayer is just another fable teller which seems to be a passion with a certain ethnic group. Mayer reminds me of one of the younger generation hoaxers like Daniel Goldhagen. For some idiotic purpose they fight to keep these lies alive.

  4. Unless they have documents to back up their claims I don’t believe the survivors anymore, we spend hours and hours reading bloody books to try to catch them in their lies, hoping to find a little snippet of truth here and there and sometimes we even forget to sleep???? ENOUGH, they can lie all they want I am not listening, I have left the premises, I am unavailable. BUT, he he, I have found a simple trick: if they pack their story with useless details they may not realize it themselves but what they are doing is trying to make their story sound more credible but they always put way too much like: if they say: We were all put in the back of a truck, I remember the truck was blue… BANG, YOU’RE DEAD, gotcha! So now, i can finally read excellent reports like this one, taking all my time to learn slowly and with immense serenity and so my life is now so much better, since I stopped believing the Jews, thank you everybody! Rosie.

  5. Here in Sweden politicians are now this year 2021 talking about making a law so that it becomes criminal to deny the “holocaust”. It pisses me off.
    Hitler never wanted to kill any Jews. Whenever you hear anyone repeat the lies about Hitler the nasty Jew-killer. Please always make a point of asking this very simple question: “Where did you get that information from? ”Perhaps we all at some point have repeated this fable. Why would we not, when it’s shoved down our throats 24/7, year in year out for decades. There hasn’t been a man on this planet who has been demonized as much as Herr Hitler. If Hitler wanted to kill Jews, why oh why throughout all his speeches and manuscripts and his book Mein Kampf did he not mention this? Did he just forget? No, he didn’t say or write it BECAUSE HE HAD NO INTENTION OF KILLING THE JEWS. No matter what amount of destruction he had observed done by the Jews to his people; he had enough self-discipline and ethical code not to take revenge. Being a strong character, he was able to rise above the darkness, the demonic standards of the judaic mindset and show self-restraint and humility. That is why he created working camps for the Jews, and certainly NOT death camps.

    1. I believe the millions of Jews who survived World War Two in Europe is proof positive that the Holocaust narrative is drivel, complete fabrication invented by sick Zionist minds for the purpose of reparations and a devise to see Jews as perpetual victims. When you realize that over 150,000 Germans of Jewish blood fought for the Reich, you need to ask yourself, why weren’t they thrown into the work camps. There were no death camps and there were no homicidal gas chambers. If anyone was killed in a gas chamber from 1939 to 1945, they died in the United States, as the U.S. was the only country in the world that despatched people from life in this method. The six million number has more to do with Jewish mythology and the number is also a gross distortion of facts. I would be very surprised if more than 300,000 Jews perished during World War Two and the main killer would have been diseases such as typhus and tuberculosis as well as starvation as most of Germany was starving in April and May of 1945.

    2. That law has been passed for more than 5 years here in Canada, they called it anti-terrorist, it is now a terrorist act to ask: Did 6 million really die? Maybe it was three! This is becoming ridiculous, the only effect laws like that have is to create suspicion and more people become revisionists as a result, and it’s just fine!

      Even Netanyahu knows that Hitler didfn’t want to kill jews:

      1. The same problem seems to crop up everywhere. And, the problem is that the Jewish leadership has way too much power. Isn’t it amazing what money, blackmail, and extortion can buy?

      2. Yes, the original idea of money as a means of exchange has been perverted into a vicious ownership system of values that has lost any and all consideration for human life, that is where the crooks found a crack they could exploit because thanks to our old judeo-christian values, the part of usury that was forbidden was the lending, NOT the borrowing, which makes perfect sense of course. Therefore, we need to stop believing that the ones who win the wars are the good guys, how counter intuitive, I love it but hey, that’s what they told us again and again trying to fool us while sinking their guilts in a sea of lies, lies that the losers cannot and will deny, too dangerous.

        So, from now on we shalll use logic instead of brain washings to determine who are the good guys and who are the bloody crooks… easy to reason, not so much to integrate but anyway, back to the logic of it all: it is those who are willing to use the most vicious tactics who should win, (American exceptionalism just took a serious dive), why the heck have we always seen glory in victory… well, I know, it’s because we were told so by the crooks themselves through the books, the films and the fireside chats they created just for us, maybe we should organise a book burning some day but until then, I know we’re on the right track, the track to recovery, I can feel it. Cheers.

        P.S: I wonder how the generals well react when they learn that from now on they must lose wars to get their bloody medals, he he!

  6. Hi Dennis? If you are still manning this website there is I believe a dangerous video on BitChute that I believe you need to be aware of .. real slander towards Germans all over again with that bloody Kaufman , excuse the swearing but I’m getting PO about the Nuremberg Code which was one big sham. and you have this jewess blabbing in Kaufman’s ear .. his name is Andrew Kaufman, interestingly enough. I wonder if he was related to THE ANDREW KAUFMAN of Germany Must Perish fame? Anyway here is the link and I would be really interested in your thoughts. Keeping in mind this jewess says some pretty daming stuff about medical experiments in Hitler’s Germany. She also says the Useless Eaters a fews; I could barely listen to it … and do have anything on this stuff so I can look in to it more please. I love your work… its thanks to your work that I know my true heritage. God bless you.

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