Johann Paul Kremer (26 December 1883 – 8 January 1965) was a professor of anatomy and human genetics at Münster University. He served at Auschwitz as a substitute physician from 30 August 1942 to 18 November 1942.
After the war, he was sentenced to death, but this sentence was later commuted to one of life imprisonment. He was released in 1958.
Kremer has received notoriety for his diary, which recounted mundane day to day activities, interspersed with some entries of allegedly witnessing events related to the Holocaust. Later, at post-war trials, he explicitly "confessed" to having witnessed mass murders.
Revisionists have argued that the diary entries clearly refer to events not related to mass killings, such as horrible scenes due to the epidemics occurring at this time. See the article on Holocaust testimonial evidence regarding argued problems with trial confessions.
See the "External links" regarding detailed revisionist views.
There are other strong indications that Kremer did not witness mass murders. Prof. Kremer, who had a skeptical analytical mind, was not sparing of critical remarks about the German government in his diary. For example, replying to Philip Lennard’s theory of “German Physics” on Jan. 13, 1943, he wrote that it is nonsense to speak of Aryan vs. Jewish science, that there is only true vs. false science. On that same day, he also compared the censorship of science during the Third Reich to the situation in Galileo’s day. Considering his humanistic spirit and his free and critical mindset, it is unthinkable that he would have passed over the annihilation of thousands of human lives without comment, particularly if he had been forced to take part in such an atrocity.
L: Perhaps he was afraid to spell it out in his diary, fearing that some official might read it and get him in trouble for this.
R: Considering that he was very frank in his other critical statements of the NS government in his diary, I doubt this very much. Apart from that, I think it is a highly questionable assumption that Prof. Kremer would have been transferred on a special assignment for just 10 weeks as a kind of expert assistant in exterminating Jews, then abruptly be allowed to return to his university to be able to report to students and colleagues what he had just helped to do, if some kind of atrocious secret operation were underway. The fact that some independent-minded professor from a West German university was assigned to Auschwitz for a few weeks only, clearly indicates that the German authorities thought they had nothing sinister to hide
- Confessions of SS Men who were at Auschwitz
- Lectures on the Holocaust—Controversial Issues Cross Examined - discusses Johann Kremer on pages 373-375
- Auschwitz: A Judge Looks at the Evidence - Chapter Two: Contemporaneous Documents: Contemporaneous Manuscripts and Private Papers: Journals and Letters
- Auschwitz: Eyewitness Reports and Perpetrator Confessions of the Holocaust—30 Gas-Chamber Witnesses Scrutinized - Chapter 3.3. Johann Paul Kremer
Note that besides the external sources listed here, an alleged Holocaust confessor/witness may be extensively discussed in the external sources listed in the articles on the particular Holocaust camps and/or other Holocaust phenomena the individual is associated with.
- Holocaust Handbooks, Volume 15: Germar Rudolf: Lectures on the Holocaust—Controversial Issues Cross Examined 2nd, revised and corrected edition. http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?page_id=15