The Faking of Hitler's "Last Testament"
. . . but there is a problem. The document, first published in French in 1959, and in English in 1961 as Hitler's Last Testament, or Hitlers politisches Testament, right, with an Introduction by Professor Hugh Trevor-Roper, is a fake.
There was a further difficulty. Mr Irving had a transcript of the 1945 diary, now in Moscow, of Bormann (left); he also had a facsimile of the register of all the guests at Hitler's February 1945 meals, kept by Hitler's manservant Heinz Linge. These unquestionably genuine documents showed that Bormann was not present at several of the meals during which the "testament" showed he had apparently taken notes; sometimes he was not even in Berlin.
This is a passage of the typescript of Hitlers Politisches Testament, as published by Albrecht Knaus Verlag, Munich, despite warnings from Mr Irving: the typescript, given to David Irving by Genoud, is largely written by Genoud himself (handwriting). David Irving has deposited this typescript with the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich (Sammlung Irving)
In 1979, Genoud phoned Mr Irving at his Paris hotel, and said: "I have a gift for you." He handed him a package. It contained a copy of the complete typescript of the Testament. The package gift from Genoud raised a new problem. Every page was heavily amended and expanded in somebody's hand-writing. Mr Irving, astonished, asked Genoud whose was the writing. Genoud admitted it was his own. Later still, he admitted in conversation with Mr Irving that the entire typescript was his own confection, saying: "But it is just what Hitler would have said, isn't it?"
Part of the text published as page
43 of the German book
This is François Genoud's handwriting, a 1977 letter transmitting to David Irving exclusively several pages of the original Bormann Vermerke (genuine notes on Hitler's Table Talk) for the German edition of Hitler's War.