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Did the Nazis kill Jews with gas chambers?

The statements of Robert Faurisson plainly contradict and ignore a vast body of primary sources and academic research on the topic. Some of the documents that address the use of gas chambers by the ...
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Did eight Jesuit priests survive the nuking of Hiroshima without serious injury?

Yes, they survived the blast. No, their survival was not unexplainable. The Jesuits are at two locations: They reside at Novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Nagatsuke two kilometers from the edge of ...
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Did Obama defy precedent by not visiting the D-Day monument?

No, he did not. Snopes says: In fact, any public presidential activity paying tribute to fallen U.S. and Allied soldiers on the anniversary of D-Day has been an exception rather than the rule in ...
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Did Obama defy precedent by not visiting the D-Day monument?

The daily schedules of past US presidents are, in many cases, publicly available. So just for completeness, let's try to collect a list of what the sitting President was doing on June 6 of every year....
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Has the Holocaust been exaggerated?

Numbers The Nazis documented their extermination campaign. So they left detailed documentary records that provide good evidence that six million were killed. For example, there are Nazi records of how ...
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Did the Nazis kill Jews with gas chambers?

Regarding the claims of Robert Faurisson, Gas chambers: Rudolf Höß, the Auschwitz Kommandant swore in an affidavit that Zyklon-B was dropped into the death chamber through a small opening. Referring ...
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Did the Allies reverse the threads on secret microfilm-hiding buttons to thwart the Germans?

This claim appears to have been distorted from an original about hidden compasses, not microfilm. The compass version has been confirmed by the British Military intelligence officer responsible, ...
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Did WWII Japanese soldiers engage in cannibalism of their enemies?

I'd like to note that this answer contains mentions of particular instances of cannibalism, and while no unnecessary details have been included, it may still be upsetting to some people. Yes, ...
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Was the German V2 rocket the only weapon whose production killed more than its use?

Q.1: This struck me as a fairly extreme claim. Is it true that the V2 production killed more than its use? In all likelihood, yes. The director of the Mittelbau-Dora commemoration site is quoted ...
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Did Truman say this about helping whichever of Germany and Russia were losing during the war?

Yes, in so far as he allegedly told these lines a reporter from the New York Times and was then quoted in that way in the New York Times. An image slightly manipulated to show the date and source: In ...
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Did eight Jesuit priests survive the nuking of Hiroshima without serious injury?

There were 4 priests at the closest location to ground zero, but they were 1,400 yards from ground zero according to John Hersey's 1946 book Hiroshima . Other people (non-priests) survived being as ...
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Did New York Times post this Hitler apology stating Jews baited the Nazis by trying to fight back on June 15, 1934?

Thanks to Laurel for locating the original article. As we can see, the quoted text did appear in the New York Times on June 15, 1934. I wanted to point out some important context that makes the ...
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Is "Syphilis: All of these men have it" a WWII propaganda poster?

A google search for "All of these men have it" "Stay away from dance halls" mainly got web 2.0 user generated content websites such as reddit and pinterest. I came across a thesis, but it gave a ...
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Did besieged Russians eat 'library candy' made from boiled down book binding glue?

I think the author did derive this from a real description of "candy." However, I find no support for the novel's depiction of Leningrad's books being decimated by people eating the bindings....
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Did New York Times post this Hitler apology stating Jews baited the Nazis by trying to fight back on June 15, 1934?

As the source of the image says, it’s from the June 15, 1934 issue of The New York Times. Here’s a screenshot of the article, "URGES GOOD WILL BY JEWS FOR NAZIS" by Henry J. Cadbury the ...
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Was an argument over how many telegraph poles Germany needed to deliver cause to WW2?

No, it is not fair to say that "a missed telegraph pole delivery" was "what caused" World War II. Even if we are willing to give the Joker the benefit of doubt, that he meant "one of the causes", the ...
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Did 57% of people in France believe that the USSR contributed the most to the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945?

Yes, it is true This document (PDF, in french) is a summary of the recent and previous polling by IFOP, written by IFOP and hosted on their website. Page 5 has the question, and a table with answers ...
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Did the Allies reverse the threads on secret microfilm-hiding buttons to thwart the Germans?

I also read almost exactly this as a child, circa 50 years ago, in Of Spies and Stratagems (1963) by Stanley P Lovell, who was the head of the US's Office of Strategic Services R&D division: ...
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Is this a photo of the result of a kamikaze attack on a ship in WWII?

According to Pacific Wrecks, a non-profit organization devoted to sharing information about the Pacific Theater of World War II and the Korean War, it does. The image description reads as: HMS ...
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Did the No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron score the most kills in the Battle of Britain?

Per Kenneth K. Koskodan in the book 'No greater ally the untold story of Poland forces in World war II' chapter titled 'On the Wings of Eagles', "the most victorious fighter squadron of the Battle of ...
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Did Soviet soldiers commit two million rapes of German women in 1945?

I think the problem here is not so much the issue in and of itself, but the numbers. With the German authorities deposed and the Allied (especially Soviet) authorities not really being trusted by the ...
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Does plutonium exist in the world, apart from being manufactured?

Two billion years ago, conditions in an ore body in present-day Gabon were suitable for the creation of naturally-occurring fission reactors, based on the fission of U-235, which at the time made up 3%...
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Did WW2 pilots lead a swinger's lifestyle to ensure that their friends would take care of their family if they died?

Possibly. Wikipedia proved to be an excellent starting point. It says, According to Terry Gould's The Lifestyle: a look at the erotic rites of swingers, swinging began among American Air Force pilots ...
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Is this tweet about classes one month after the Hiroshima bombing, and the 2011 tsunami accurate?

The first image can be seen at the Hiroshima Peace Media Center, in an article titled "Hiroshima: 70 Years After the A-bombing: Students study in open-air classrooms in “A-bomb desert”". If you ...
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Do only 49% of Americans know which country bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Richard Shenkman is taking his information from the 1997 book What Americans Know about Politics and why it Matters, and has corrected the statement in the 2010 version of his book. The 1997 book ...
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Did most of the American riflemen in combat during World War II avoid firing at the enemy?

Yes, the evidence is credible. According to David Grossman, a retired U.S. military psychologist who specializes in the psychology of killing, the source of this claim is S. L. A. Marshall, in his ...
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Did Gen. Patton say "We defeated the wrong enemy?"

It is at least an accurate paraphrase: The 1975 Bodyguard of Lies Volume II says: Patton was relieved of command of the 3rd Army by Eisenhower just after the end of the war for stating publicly ...
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Secret instructions for the German submarines for the cruise to Agartha, a hidden land in the Antarctic. Are they authentic?

No. This is at first glance a quite elaborate but then on only slighty closer inspection quite sloppy fake in all respect. Other versions of the same scam in varying qualities, click to enlarge: ...
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