London, December 13, 1994
Dear Mr Vicksell,*
you for that transcript of the tripe on Internet about me
and my hypotheses. I am not into Internet yet, so please
post something along these lines:
First let me
brag a bit: until I took the trouble of transcribing that
entire file of Himmler's hand-written notes on his daily
phone conversations, nobody else had ever bothered to do so
-- not even the biggest names in Holocaust historiography --
even though it had been available since the late 1950s on
National Archives microfilm No. T84, roll 26. I used the
original file in the Bundesarchiv
(the German Federal Archives, from which -- hey, Internet
historians, what d'you think about this! -- I have now been
since July 1, 1993,
although they hold half a ton of records deposited by me,
including Himmler's 1935 and 1939 diaries and the
* Vicksell had written to Mr Irving: "...Needless to say, your name comes up frequently in articles posted on the network. I'm attaching a typical exterminationist smear [by Dawidowicz]. I realize that you were cross examined, at the last Zündel trial, about the Himmler note and Hitler intervention. I have the transcript of that exchange, which I will be only too happy to post if you wish me to, along with anything else you have to say on the subject.--Ross Vicksell"
Lucy Dawidowicz writes,
"The gist of the telephone message was entered in four short lines in the log, though Mr. Irving cited only the last two lines."
In fact I published the whole page of Himmler's entries for November 30, 1941 as a facsimile document in every edition of this book. Those four lines read in full:
Verhaftung Dr Jekelius Angebl.
translated as: "Arrest [=noun] Dr Jekelius.
Alleg[ed] Son of Molotov. Jew Transport from Berlin.
"The last two lines now make sense. Himmler called Heydrich to instruct him that a certain Dr. Jekelius, presumed to be the Soviet Foreign Minister's son, was to be taken to custody by the security police. Jekelius could be located in the transport of Jews from Berlin arriving in Prague [sic] and unlike the rest of the transport, was not to be liquidated."
Sources offered she never a line, apart from her own fantasy. I refuted this absurd theory in the updated edition of my Hitler's War, published by Avon Books (N.Y.) in 1990 and available in every bookstore in the United States even today, flattening Dawidowicz (whom I chivalrously did not name) on p.19 of my Introduction with these words:
"Perplexed by Himmler's hand-written note about a call to Heydrich after visiting Hitler's bunker on November 30, 1941-- "Arrest [of] Dr Jakelius. Alleged son Molotov. Consignment [Transport] of Jews from Berlin. No liquidation."--these wizards of modern history scoffed that probably Molotov's son was believed to be aboard a trainload of Jews from Berlin concealed as "Dr. Jakelius" and was on no account to be liquidated. In fact Molotov had no son; Dr. Jakelius was a Viennese neurologist involved in the Euthanasia program; and the consignment of Jews from Berlin had that morning arrived at Riga and had already been liquidated by the local SS commander by the time that Himmler scribbled down Hitler's injunction."
Let the record also show that Dawidowicz and the ADL's hired hacks, who appear to have had trouble even reading Himmler's (old-German) handwriting, have ignored (or are ignorant of) a further entry in Himmler's telephone log, recording another call to Heydrich on April 20, 1942, after visiting Hitler yet again (it was of course Hitler's Birthday):
"Keine Vernichtung der Zigeuner."
were not to be liquidated either: yet they were, in large
numbers. I see the Internet controversy also mentions my
best-selling work The
Destruction of Dresden
(London & Boston, 1963). Since that book appeared other
documents have become available; I already published a
letter summarising two of these in The Times in
London in 1966; this modified the estimates I had given of
the death-roll. More documents, particularly from
(intercept) sources have also emerged, and I have
incorporated these in a revised edition of the book entitled
which is to appear next year (I was going to call it
Holocaust but I understand that that word has been
hijacked by other vested interests).