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I am indebted to my good friend and esteemed colleague, Mr. Ken Oi Veh of the Nizkopropaghic Lie and Spy Site, for the following item of deliciousness, posted simultaneously on alt.rev. and alt.history by the illustrious Mr. Oi Vey himself. .
It deserves to be read in full prior to proceeding with my comments.
Carlos W. Porter
Nizkoprophagic Archive/File: people/e/erichsen.hugo/cremation-of-the-dead Last-Modified: 1998/05/25

"[the Belgian government]

COMMENT: Belgium was neutral during the Franco-Prussian War, so what the hell does the "Belgian government" have to do with it? All the towns mentioned are in France. Belgium had nothing to do with the war.]

dispatched Colonel Créteur to examine into the grievances, and, if possible, remove them. One's hair stands on end when one reads the report of the colonel on the condition of the Sedan battle-field. The only way to remedy the evil was to destroy the dangerous cadavers by cremation, which was a difficult task, under the circumstances, but which was nevertheless accomplished by the ingenious Créteur. The colonel's report is full of horrible facts. [????]
The bodies of German soldiers [!!!!] in a trench at Laid-Trou were covered so little by earth that carnivorous animals had already devoured part of the hands and faces. Rain-water

[COMMENT: Must have been pretty soggy for cremation purposes!]

had caused 30 large pits [!!!], containing the remains of Bavarians [!!!]

[COMMENT: What about the Saxons, Prussians, Württemburgers, etc. who also made up the German army?]

to cave in, and had laid bare the bodies. Between Belan and Bazailles

[COMMENT: The Nizkoprophagists have misspelled the names of these two French villages, Balan and Bazeilles, 2 or 3 miles southeast of Sedan. There is a museum at Bazeilles. - C.P]

, the owners of a field had leveled the elevation of a Bavarian

[COMMENT: See above]

grave. Relics of the dead protruded from the ground. The bodies were covered only by a thin layer of earth, in which corn flourished luxuriantly

[COMMENT: Must have been some considerable time after the battle.]

Wild bears, foxes, and dogs, relishing the human flesh, helped to scratch away the soil over the remains, as did the numerous crows upon the pit in which the horses had been buried. Dogs, having once feasted on this fare, would not eat anything else.

[COMMENT: I'll try it on my dog, and see what he says.]

Créteur at first could not obtain men to carry out his plans, as every one who attempted to open the trenches contracted phlyctaena, an eruption of the skin. Finally, by promising good pay, he enlisted 27 workmen, whom he endeavored to protect by saturating their clothing and moistening the graves with a solution of carbolic acid. But this only intensified the phlyctaena. He then determined to cover the graves with a layer of chloride of lime, and to pour diluted muriatic acid upon them subsequently. By this means he succeeded in laying bare the topmost layer of the corpses.

[COMMENT: The top layer only!!!].

He then had large quantities of coal tar poured into the pit, which trickled down among the bodies to the bottom

[COMMENT: How the hell could it penetrate to the bottom if only the top layer was uncovered, i.e., the rest of the pit was still full of mud, dirt, etc. and the bodies were totally covered???]

, thoroughly covering the remains

[COMMENT: i.e., saturating buried bodes with coal tar -- how is that possible?].

He then had more chloride of lime heaped upon the corpses

[COMMENT: Don't forget, most of them are still buried],

and finally had bundles of hay, previously saturated with kerosene, thrown burning into the pit.

[COMMENT: OK, you set fire to the bodies on top; but what about the bodies on the bottom?]

Créteur declares that from 200 to 300 bodies were consumed within 50 to 60 minutes

[COMMENT: About the same time as the most modern crematory ovens, but let's not argue about it.]

The smoke, impregnated with the smell of the carbolic acid that was formed by the combination of the chloride of lime and coal tar, was not offensive

[COMMENT: Actually, this is true of cremations generally, once the initial moisture has been destroyed]

, and proved entirely harmless to the workmen.

[COMMENT: Now get this:]

About one-fourth of all the contents remained in the pits, consisting of calcined bones and a dry mass [!!!].

[COMMENT: in other words, they didn't burn!!!] These were again covered with chloride of lime, and then the trenches were closed.

In this way.

[COMMENT: In other words, they were simply reburied!!!]

45,855 human and equine bodies were disposed of."

[COMMENT: Does this mean they disappeared without a trace? Apparently not, since "one fourth of all the contents remained in the pits, consisting of calcined bones and a dry mass". So what did they do with the 100 to 200 tons of bone fragments, teeth, and human "and equine" ashes, which are not combustible?]

(Erichsen, 137-138)

Work Cited : Erichsen, Hugo. Cremation of the Dead. Detroit, 1887

COMMENTS: This raises the following questions:

CONCLUSION: One of the best pieces of advice I ever heard -- attributed to a professional gambler -- is as follows:

"Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see".

I have seen this tale of mass cremations at Sedan quoted before, by revisionists, and I do not believe it. I do believe, of course, that cremation in ditches is utterly impossible, and this tale certainly does not prove the contrary. The only explanation I can think of as the possible origins of this horror story, is that:


The more things change, the more they are the same. A repeat performance by Germany in 1914 proved a failure, but was greeted by an ovation in 1940.

Desecration of the dead, like rape, is a means of psychological revenge (of course, it is most commonly alleged by Jews to encourage passage of anti-"Hate" laws). I cannot think of any reason why the Germans would make this story up in 1883 to humiliate the French, although it certainly does make the French look like monsters. Henry Ford said, "history is bunk".

I recall reading somewhere (source available upon request) that, after Custer's Last Stand, the Indians stripped Custer's troops (272 or 212 soldiers, depending on your source), and burned them. How the hell could they do that? There are practically no trees in that part of the world. Burning 272 bodies would be a hell of lot of work. Why the hell would the Indians bother to do that? I cannot refrain from remarking that cremation times have been known from earliest antiquity.

For example, in the last book of the Iliad, the cremation of Hector took 22 hours by my calculation, and it took days, maybe a week, just to collect the wood! Of course, the body must have stunk pretty bad by that time -- maybe they put "Trojans" on their noses for "safer breathing".

May 30, 1998

See also:
Sedan Hoax Updated - Possible Solution to the Conundrum by C.W. Porter (with assistance from Carlo Mattogno)