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written assignment 6 - Megan Michels Skiles COMS 226...

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Megan Michels Skiles COMS 226 02/09/10 Written Assignment #6: Holocaust Evidence To make the argument that the Holocaust really happened, researchers rely on several methods of explanation. As discussed throughout the class so far, some of the types of evidence that people use to make claims of fact include reports, statistics, description and artifacts. In the videos presented in class, “Conspiracy” and “Mr. Death,” along with the Shermer and Grobmer readings, all of these forms of evidence are used to construct the claim of fact that the Holocaust did occur. In the video “Mr. Death,” the filmmakers used report and description evidence in order to make the claim that the Holocaust did occur. “Mr. Death” featured a man, Fred Leucter Jr. who explored the gas chambers in Auschwitz and obtained samples of the walls in order to try to prove that the Holocaust didn’t happen. When chemists tested his materials in the lab, they found no remnants of cyanide gas. He used this evidence in court to try to prove that Nazi groups never executed people in gas chambers in Auschwitz. After figuring out the context of the sampling, the chemists were interviewed and revealed that because the wall samples were being tested for cyanide remains, cyanide wouldn’t have been found on the ground-up wall samples because that gas remains only on the surface. Because of their expert evidence in description and lab report, the evidence that Leuchter tried to use in his findings was invalid. Because the
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chemists were able to confirm that there was no way to reliably test for cyanide exposure on ground-up wall samples, Leuchter’s case was found to be invalid and his claim, that the Holocaust didn’t occur was found to be fallacious among the other forms of evidence that have been used over the years to explain the historical event. Historians use a number of forms of evidence, often relying heavily on statistics,
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