Originally Posted by blobru
No one denies that cremation facilities (ovens) existed at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Cremation is the most sanitary way to dispose of corpses that may be diseased. Birkenau was, strictly speaking, a "death camp," in that it was the facility to which any member of the entire camp system was sent who was terminally ill. The bodies of nearly all those who died in the camp system-- mostly from typhus and other diseases which raged through it-- were sent to Birkenau to be incinerated.
None of those people were intentionally killed by the Germans. Most of them were not Jews. The existence of crematoria does not prove or even demonstrate exterminations of anyone.
Auschwitz was a rubber manufacturing plant. The allies knew intimately from their intelligence resources what was going on inside. They knew there were never any exterminations; that's why they didn't bomb Auschwitz.
The railway lines to Auschwitz were presumably to ship in raw materials and ship out finished product.
Getting back to the ovens at Birkenau, here is a quote from Heinrich Himmler in an interview with a representative of the World Jewish Congress just a few weeks before the end of the war:
So the existence of the ovens was a boon for the post-war investigators who used them to begin constructing the Holocaust Legend, and frame the Germans for exterminations that never happened.