ABSTRACT

Faurisson’s disturbing challenge to the facticity of the Shoah begins with a calling forth of a witness to testify to the effects of Zyklon B. It is, we have learned all too well, impossible to bring forward such a witness to testify on behalf of those who died in the gas-chamber who is himself or herself not dead. It is through this hyperbolic juridical circumstance that Faurisson attempts to arrive at what he considers to be the unquestionable historical truth – the nonexistence of the gas-chambers. By invoking the sacrality of memory, in the form of a witness,

Faurisson reveals that the Shoah is an impossible narratological situation.1 If just one witness to the gas-chamber were to step forward from history and recall the chamber’s interior, its death, then sufficient proof would be in that moment of recollection.