Steven Cass wants to know, Saturday, April 21, 2007, how to reply to a critic who still believes Hitler gave the order.
Above: March 2007. At far right, the railroad bed where the railroad -- since removed -- went up into the forest at Treblinka, Poland; a one-way trip for thousands. (Photo: David Irving)
Hitler's role in the Final Solution, still disputed
HERE'S the argument: In reply to someone who talked of facts in history but criticized you, I replied, "What do you know of facts? The most factual historian is David Irving, whom you deride."
His response was, "P., (my handle in this debate), you have lost your graphite! For example, to 'prove' that Hitler knew nothing of the extermination of Jews, Irving quoted a memo from an administrator that related to mixed marriages and nothing more. That's gross distortion of fact and it is only one example of Irving's dirty work. He was proved a liar and Holocaust denier in court."
I wonder if you could be so kind to spare the time to assist me in my response.
Mr Irving replies:
THE reference is to the Schlegelberger Memorandum. You will find the dossier on this crucial document on my website here. It is from a slim Reich Ministry of Justice file titled "Behandlung der Juden" - Dealing with the Jews. I found it and quote it, the conformists didn't and don't.
You will not find any reference to it in the books of conformist historians, though it is genuine beyond doubt (it is in the German government archives). It is a memorandum drafted by a lawyer, referring to Hitler, the decision on Jews, the final solution (as such), and dates and deadlines! In fact it was not by a mere "administrator", but by Franz Schlegelberger, minister of justice. Not even mentioned by my critics -- because it shows Hitler saying he wanted the final solution deferred until the war was over. Some genocidist!!
* Translation in full: "Mr Reich Minister Lammers informed me that the Führer had repeatedly declared to him that he wants to hear that the Solution of the Jewish Problem has been postponed until after the war is over. That being so, the current discussions are of purely theoretical value, in Mr Reich Minister Lammers' opinion. He will moreover take pains to ensure that, whatever else happens, no fundamental decisions are taken without his knowledge in consequence of a surprise briefing by any third party."