Chris Meyer has done some calculations, July 2, 2008, on the starlight and moon phase at the time of Himmler's death: so why did the British British medical officer, Captain C J L Wells, ask Himmler over to the window, putting his back to all other witnesses in the room?
Photo above: computer astronomy program, Starry Night Pro Plus 6, courtesy Chris Meyer. Below: Himmler's mortal remains, soon after his death (Public Record Office).
Light Conditions at Time of Himmler's Death in Lüneburg, May 23, 1945, 11:15pm
I WAS intrigued by your Radical's Diary posting of June 9, 2008, where you mentioned that a member of your audience in Eugene, Oregon, insisted that daylight would have been "quite strong" at 23:15 hrs. in Lüneburg, Germany, on May 23, 1945, when Heinrich Himmler died.
Being an amateur astronomer (and historian, I might add), I used my computer astronomy program, Starry Night Pro Plus 6, to generate the sky conditions at that time. As you can see in the above screenshot, there would not have been much twilight in the sky at that time, since the sun set in Lüneburg at 21:22:50 CEST, but the waxing moon may have added to the overall light in the sky.
Should you need further information regarding past sky conditions, don't hesitate to contact me. I'd be happy to assist you.
P.S. I really enjoy your website and books, and I'm looking forward to your Himmler biography.
David Irving replies:
THAT is very kind of you and most inventive, and I shall most certainly refer to your conclusions in the final draft of the biography. A very interesting question arises: No daylight was coming through the window, nor moonlight either. At that time of night, finds Meyer, there was only weak starlight and a weak moon waxing above the due-southern horizon: Uelzener Strasse, the house in which Himmler met his end, runs due north and south. So why did the British medical officer, Captain C J L Wells, ask Himmler over to the window, putting his back to all other witnesses in the room?