The Sajmište camp (also known as the Semlin or Zemun camp) was according to the politically correct view on the Holocaust and the Holocaust camps a concentration/transit/extermination camp in Belgrade, Serbia. The camp was operated by German Einsatzgruppen units and the prisoners included partisans. After the war, around 50,000 prisoners were alleged to have died, but this has more recently been reduced to around 20,000 deaths (of which around half were Jewish). Most Jews were allegedly gassed in a gas van in 1942. In 1943, the Germans allegedly attempted to destroy all evidence by digging up and burning the corpses and destroying other pieces of evidence (see also Alleged German conspiracy to hide the Holocaust). After the war, German officials were tried and found guilty in trials in Communist Yugoslavia.
One Holocaust revisionst criticism is that "The generally accepted account has it that the Jewish women and children confined at Zemun were progressively killed in a gas-van. Christopher Browning gives an account of this in his book Fateful Months, based on the testimony of the two German comanders of Zemun camp. According to this testimony, the gas-van made several trips; the Jews waiting at the gate of the camp were loaded into the van, which then drove through the heart of downtown Belgrade to a firing range on the other side of the city. The Jews were suffocated by the fumes during the journey, and their bodies unloaded and buried at the firing range. Browning relates how the German drivers took various precautions to avoid being pulled over by the local traffic-cops and having the whole operation blown; these included false papers, false police number-plates, and avoidance of oncoming traffic on the one-way bridge over the Sava. This tale strikes me as utterly bizarre. [...] I find it difficult to accept that the German authorities would have run the risk of having the secret exposed by repeatedly driving the gas-van through a major city, where it would have been observed by hundreds of people, and could have been stopped at any moment by suspicious security forces."
See the gas vans article and the external links there on other Holocaust revisionist criticisms of alleged gas vans.
- The suppressed History of Crimes committed on German soldiers in WWII. Part IV - on partisans and postwar war crimes trials in Yugoslavia.
- ↑ Sajmište concentration camp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semlin_concentration_camp
- ↑ Strategy of Decimation https://codoh.com/library/document/907/?lang=en