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 Posted Wednesday, April 7, 1999
The Traditional Enemies of Free Speech try to destroy David Irving:-

January 30, 1985

What Hitler Knew and When he Knew it


Date: January 30, 1985, Wednesday,
Late City Final Edition Section A;
Page 22, Column 4; Editorial Desk Byline:

To the Editor:

HITLER and the Final Solution by Gerald Fleming ("Books of the Times," Dec. 28) is a welcome addition to the literature of the Holocaust, with its scholarly treatises on Hitler's personal responsibility for the extermination of European Jews.

In reviewing Mr. [sic] Fleming's book, D. J. R. Bruckner noted that David Irving argues in his 1977 book, "Hitler's War," that Hitler did not know of the extermination of European Jews until late 1943. Mr. Bruckner described Mr. Irving's "thesis" as "provocative."

That hardly seems to be the word for it.

Some others come to mind: such as "ludicrous," which is what the chief researcher for Mr. Irving's book called the writer's conclusions; such as "preposterous," which is how Lucy Dawidowicz, the historian of the Holocaust, described the Irving book and its theme; such as "absurd," which is what Werner Koppen, one of Hitler's adjutants, called Mr. Irving's contention. recent picture of Abe FoxmanSerious historians are not engaged in the question whether or not Hitler ordered the "Final Solution." Rather, they seek to determine when his controlling decision materialized. The "revisionist" thesis which David Irving presents has been refuted by responsible historians, the latest of them being Gerald Fleming.

Associate National Director
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
New York, Jan. 15, 1985


Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company
Our opinion
beeMr Foxman has had a bee in his bonnet about David Irving since 1977 when the ADL first started trying to undermine The Viking Press edition of his biography Hitler's War. Foxman's lies about Mr Irving's "chief researcher" [Dr Elke Fröhlich] and Werner Koeppen, who shortly before he died gave Mr Irving his most treasured possession, [AR]a signed Rosenberg photograph, typify his hysteria. Since it took the New York Times two weeks to print the letter, we assume the ADL had to apply more than usual pressure to the newspaper.
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